Ruston Kelly Breaks Down New Album The Weakness Track by Track: Exclusive

Track by Track is a recurring feature series in which artists guide readers through every song on their latest release. Today, Ruston Kelly breaks down his new album, The Weakness.

Singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly has released his third album, The Weakness, via Rounder Records. Stream it via Apple Music or Spotify below.

The Weakness is an album filled with catharsis. After a period of loss and growth, Kelly emerged with an album of unreserved, hope-laced self-reflection. His candid songwriting reflects a sense of rediscovery and resilience laced with sharp humor. Anecdotes off the album include the time Kelly accidentally got high off of CBD and wrote a song about Michael Keaton, appropriately titled “Michael Keaton.”

The track “Let Only Love Remain” reflects on the aftermath of Kelly’s divorce. “I wanted whatever it was that I said about my divorce to be something I would find honor in 20 years from now. I wanted to try and speak from my better self, not get lost in anything small,” Kelly tells Consequence. “The largest sentiment I could think of was an unending love for someone while simultaneously allowing that love to fade into the background of my new life.”

The 12-track Americana album is largely acoustic-driven with alternative sensibilities shining through in the rugged guitar and vocal performance. Layered over clean percussion, Kelly’s hearty voice commands each track with grace.

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Listen to The Weakness and read about Kelly’s inspirations for each track below.

Up next, Kelly will embark on a tour throughout the United States this spring. During the summer, Kelly will tour with Noah Kahan throughout North America. Grab tickets to both legs via StubHub, where orders are 100% guaranteed through StubHub’s FanProtect program. StubHub is a secondary market ticketing platform, and prices may be higher or lower than face value, depending on demand.