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ERNEST TROOST..Personal picture centralErnest Troost is an Emmy Award-winning film and television composer and also a recipient of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award for his songwriting. He also composed and produced two award-winning albums of songs for Judy Collins using the words of Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, Gertrude Stein and others. Los Angeles-based Troost’s scores for films include the cult classic ‘Tremors’ and HBO’s award-winning ‘Lesson Before Dying’.ERNEST TROOST..Personal picture 2 In Troost’s stunning new album, “O Love”, he turns his attention to love songs, and by adding electric guitar and drums to his well-known folk and Piedmont stylings, he’s created his most powerfully dramatic album to date. From the tortured father-son relationship of “Old Screen Door”, or the fragmented images of “O Love”, to the simple grace of “Close,” Troost’s songs linger in your mind like a loving memory or a terrifying nightmare.

ERNEST TROOST..Personal pictureAs always, Troost’s songs are rooted in character, situation and narrative, and are adroitly layered to present what FolkWorks called “a broad and colorful canvas of Americana”. A fine example of the darker side explored on this record is the hard-rockin’ “Old Screen Door”, where Troost sings, “There was blood on the handrail and some on the floor/This house was my home, but it ain’t no more”. Yet, all’s right with the world in “All I Ever Wanted,” where he sings, “I spoke in tongues at an old revival show/I chased the devil down where no one else would go/There ain’t nothin’ else I crave, whether I’m lost or whether I’m saved/’Cause all I ever wanted was you”.

Here’s a collection of love songs that will draw you in and ask you to reflect on love’s many guises