Monday, 30 May 2016

Jade Sanders - I Want You To Stay Song Review

I Want You To Stay is a pop song with a slight country sound.  Jade’s vocals are lively and fresh.  With hints of Taylor Swift this song is simple yet grows on you the more you listen to it.  A high quality song it soon gets under your skin.  Jade’s style is bound to appeal to fans of many genres of music.  Her classy vocals are distinctive and really lovely to listen to.

Jade Sanders - Already Gone Song Review

Already Gone is a breezy modern country song with a slight dash of pop mixed in for good measure.  Jade’s vocals are strong throughout.  Jade’s sound is fresh and youthful yet her vocals suggest something entirely different.  They have a very mature sound.  This is a lovely song, catchy and easy to listen to.

Jade Sanders - Shotgun Rider Song Review

Seventeen year old Jade Sanders is a talented singer/songwriter from South Florida.  Jade has been writing songs since she was ten years old.  Jades vocals sound like those of someone who has had a vast experience of life not of someone so young.  In her vocals there is a strong bluesy sound, which transcends into her music.  Shotgun Rider is a modern country song with heavy rocky backing instrumentation.  Jade’s vocals are never overshadowed.  Powerful and pleasing on the ear the listener is quickly drawn into the song.  This is a classy offering with hints of Reba McEntire along with many more modern country artists.  A very enjoyable song that makes you want to hear more from this young artist.

Dave Hangley - Nice And Slow Song Review

Nice And Slow is a modern country song from Dave Hangley.  Typical of many modern country songs Dave’s vocals are pleasant on the ear.  A fast up-beat song with a strong melody.  Born in New Jersey Dave blends folk and country into his music giving it a strong sound.  This song could easily compete against the likes of songs by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Brantley Gilbert.  It has a polished sound and is definitely radio friendly.  A likeable song that shows the vocal potential of this new country singer.

Joanna Yaeger - Won’t Be Moved Song Review

Won’t Be Moved is a new offering by Joanna Yaeger.  Well worth a listen this song is catchy and definitely radio friendly.  It is also very classy and shows off Joanna’s vocals to the full.  This song blends modern country with pop, the end result is a fresh sounding top quality song.  In Joanna’s vocals there are hints of Carrie Underwood.  Joanna’s vocals are strong and powerful, really giving the song volume and depth.  One listen isn’t enough to fully appreciate this wonderful song.

Paul McClure - Smiling From The Floor Up

If you are looking for an album of well written delicately sung songs then look no further!!!!

Paul McClure is a talented singer/songwriter from Rutland. His third solo album SMILING FROM THE FLOOR UP features ten songs that speak to listeners through their lyrics and gentle vocals. Long Gone Out Of Here has a wonderful acoustic sound. A great opening track this song is lyrically strong and puts plenty of emphasis on Paul’s wonderful vocals. There is a unique rawness to Paul’s voice, which hasn’t been erased by production. Pollyanna is a quirky song, which blends a touch of blues with Paul’s more traditional acoustic sound. The lyrics tell an interesting story, which is quite dark and twisted. Listening to this song I feel like I am immersed in an episode of Twin Peaks. Hannah Elton-Wall harmonises on the vocals giving the song a ghostly haunting sound. This song certainly lures you in for a much closer listen. Lost And Found is a slightly more up-tempo song with a strong beat. For You sees the pace slow once again. This is a delightful song, which puts all the emphasis on Paul’s heady vocals. More of a ballad this song is reminiscent of James Taylor in his hey day. Any Number You Like (As Long As Its Four) seems the album take a complete change of tempo. This is a rousing sing a long song with the piano taking pride of place. Song 6 is a gentle lyrically driven song. The lyrics are expressive yet quite simplistic. A charming song that goes to show less is quite often more! Keep It Together has echoes of James Taylor once again. Another vocally driven acoustic song that is classy but not over done. The injection of the female harmony gives the song added depth. Hannah Elton-Wall’s vocals blend perfectly with Paul’s creating a wonderful atmospheric sound. The title song Smiling From The Floor Up features some stunning instrumentation provided by Joe Bennett on the lap steel. This is a really laid back acoustic song infused with a slight hint of blues. Although this is a rather short song it is still breath taking and leaves you as a listener wanting to hear more. Lola Rose is a quirky old fashioned sounding song featuring a huge array of instrumentation. The album ends on a strong note with another lyrically driven slow song Moments Lost. This song has poignant lyrics that are both emotive and magical. Quite a sad song to end on but also one that makes you ponder and think about your own life. All those precious moments that you have squandered and all those significant events you witnessed but will never get the chance to see again. These lyrics are raw and powerful yet come across as simple and unrefined. All ten songs on this album are obviously written from the heart and sung with grace.  Paul’s voice is tender and captivating always luring the listener in. A beautiful mix of heady acoustic ballads and quirky original songs.  The highlights are almost too numerous to mention but there are two stand out songs on this album Pollyanna and Moments Lost. Paul is not only a great vocalist as evidenced here he is also a genius with words. His lyrics read like poetry or dark twisted stories. All in all this is a wonderful example of good acoustic music written and sung well. 

Daniel Goodman - Keys To The Kingdom

Poetic lyrics turned into wonderful songs

Daniel Goodman is a talented singer/songwriter whose songs set poetic lyrics to music. His latest offering is a classy four track EP featuring songs that showcase a new side to Daniel’s music. This EP was recorded at the world renowned Magic Shop Recording Studio and produced by Mario J McNulty, who has produced music for the likes of David Bowie and Lou Reed. Unlike Daniel’s full length albums, which are largely acoustic in sound, this EP introduces a mix of musical instruments. There is a large dose of 1970’s folk/rock blended into the musical style of the songs offered here yet Daniel always manages to retain his unique vocals. With all four songs self-penned there are plenty of lyrics to get excited about. Keys To The Kingdom starts off slowly and builds into a dramatic chorus. The music also fluctuates giving the song depth and the song character. This is a rocky song with strong vocals that manage to ride above the rousing music. Daniel’s vocals are rough, spirited and rather charming on the ear. This song is great to listen to with the volume turned up high. Long Time Waiting  is a much slower offering. Quite charming Daniel’s vocals are raw and emotive. The musical backing is laid back allowing the vocals and lyrics to take centre stage. This is a beautiful song that really tugs at the heart strings. This song is the closest thing on the EP to the style of music on Daniel’s previous released albums. Orphan’s Song sees the tempo go up a gear. This is a really rousing rocky pop/folk song. The lyrics are really clever and well constructed, also quite succinct in places. Listeners will feel themselves being transported back to the days of Woodstock upon listening to this song. If this song doesn’t have you dancing then I don’t know what will! Sons Of Cain completes the EP. This is a heavy song with great instrumentation. Another song that feels like it wouldn’t have been out of place in the 70’s. Once again it is Daniel’s unique and raw vocals that grab you. He manages to tell a story just by altering his tone of voice. A great song to end on, you really feel like you have been treated to some excellent music upon listening to this EP. It is a shame that this is only an EP and not a full length album as there is plenty to wet your appetite here and make you long to hear more. SH

Luke De-Sciscio – Song Review

Luke De-Sciscio is a highly talented singer/songwriter from the South West.  Fresh faced and obviously very enthusiastic about his music Luke has an evocative voice.  His music fails to be pigeon-holed into any one category, which is a refreshing change in today’s society.  His vocals are delicate, charming and quite angelic.  They have a wonderful power and easily switch between a haunting, raw organic acoustic sound and an angst ridden rocky style.  His guitar playing is quite brilliant.  Never overdone the music he creates is atmospheric and also at times very understated. 

Patterns of Revolution is a beautiful song; here Luke’s vocals are angelic yet blended with stronger punchy lines that convey the heavier side of the lyrics.  The chorus is gentle yet the lyrics are meaningful and poignant.  This song has a dreamy quality about it.  Throughout the song you feel like you are being transported on a musical journey.  The guitar playing is sublime and a joy to listen to.  This is an exquisite song that showcases Luke’s amazing vocals as well as his wonderful guitar playing.  Fused together this song is perfect!

Love Your Mother is a slow song with a great organic sound.  Luke’s vocals build throughout the song, not to a big crescendo but to a moderately rousing finale.  Instrumentation is stripped back on this song yet builds at the all important times creating drama and emotion in the song. 

As I Sit Here Aging is another lovely example of how music and vocals can work in harmony to create a dramatic passion filled sound.  Luke’s vocals are powerful and full of zeal.  This song has a little more pop infused into its organic sound however it still sounds unique. 

I Am Done is slightly more up-tempo than most of Luke’s other songs.  Luke’s vocals are angst ridden on this vocally driven track.  With injections of rock Luke proves his vocals are really up to belting out a powerful number. 

For The Road showcases Luke’s mesmerizing vocals.  Luke’s vocals need to be heard to be really appreciated.  This is a strong vocally driven song.  Luke’s transitions from angelic high pitched vocals to angst ridden lines are seamless. 

Boston is definitely an angst ridden song with powerful vocals.  Strong lyrics belted out with gruff vocals give this song purpose.  Here Luke proves how dynamic his vocal style is.  Quite a change from his other songs this is evidence of how versatile Luke can be in his musical styles.

I Don’t Hold You Anymore highlights Luke’s striking vocals once again.  Luke’s soft, charismatic sound is a pure joy to listen to.  Always sounding refreshing and captivating.  This song puts Luke’s vocals before the instrumentation.  Something he does on most of his numbers, always allowing his vocals to take centre stage.
Working Title is another song that allows Luke’s vocal range to shine and shine it certainly does.  This is another example of Luke at his best.  A lovely slow song with beautiful lyrics. 

Listening to Luke’s music is exhausting as you find yourself wrapped up in the lyrics of the songs as well as being fully engaged in the vocals, which are at times beyond belief.  An outstandingly talented young man, Luke’s skills as a singer and a songwriter can only grow and grow.  As a musician Luke is extremely talented.  Luke’s slower songs are perhaps his best as they convey more emotion and perhaps offer up a little more of Luke’s soul.