Songs like “Witches” show a depth in storytelling not often heard in young twenty-something artists while “Running Away” has that je-ne-sais-quoi to it that definitely screams Americana. “Girl From The Diner” is as interesting a murder ballad you’re likely to hear anywhere while “Don’t Remember” is a melodic slice of melancholy.
All of these songs suggest an artist who is ready to take his place as one of America’s best singer songwriters, but it’s the title track of GIVE IT TIME that shows Cooper’s potential for stardom. The percussive mid-tempo beat belies the befuddled heartache which permeates through “Give It Time,” a song that demands you pay attention to each and every lyric, with the refrain of “what doesn’t kill us first, my friends, just give it time, give it time, give it time.”
It is writing reminiscent of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Townes Van Zandt. It’s a poetic slice of life that everyone can relate to, the kind of song which somehow manages to find echoes of hope, even if it serves as an ultimate reminder of humanity’s ticking clock. With the eleven songs on GIVE IT TIME, Ross Cooper manages to take us on a journey, a journey that cannot happen in sound bites, text messages or 10 second videos.