John Moreland’s fifth album In The Throes is a beautiful and soulful collection of genre defying songs that speak straight to the heart. These songs mix elements of country, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll and are delivered with Moreland’s signature voice (which is probably the best in music today behind Chad Price). There is such honesty in Moreland’s music, making each song feel so deeply personal while at the same time completely relatable (for me at least having grown up in the south as an outcast). Musically In The Throes is a simple record, driven by Moreland’s singing and his acoustic guitar. Most of the record consists of somber and heartfelt ballads that challenge you to not feel moved. One thing that is crystal clear, John Moreland is one of, if not the, best songwriters alive today and In The Throes is a shining testament to that talent. This is easily one of the best albums of 2013.