Just bought this album and it’s amazing; needed to share it with you. Jam it deep In Your Earhole. I plan on doing a full review of it soon, but need to soak in it a bit longer.Source:
Charlie Leavy's new EP The Best Damn Ride is tight pop with a mixture of modern and classic sounds. It opens with “The Way Life Is” which is a call for caring and how love can save us instead of being caught up in materialism.
Speaking of love, “Tongue Tied” follows up quickly with a song about how it’s hard to talk to someone you have a crush on. Despite the title, Charlie’s words are proficient and smooth, although the point is that it’s harder to be smooth or even yourself when you like someone. “Summers Day Runaway” has a great Latin beat and interesting vocal melody. A paean about wanting to drive off with the one she loves, a poptimistic escape from the life problems mentioned in the first track. “Falter Baby” is a classic love song staple featuring the protagonist begging for unrequited love. She wants her love interest to falter in their refusal to let her know.
"Running My Mouth" at first seems thematically similar to "Tongue Tied" but is a different take. Instead of being frustrated at not feeling able to express her true love, this time it’s regret that perhaps her words have been taken out of context, or that she spoke too soon, hurting her love.
The last two songs are live acoustic cuts. “Why Are You Waiting” is a flip on “Falter Baby” where she’s playing the other role: someone trying to convince someone to slow down, to be free. “Wearing Your Kiss” is an example of being on cloud nine after a kiss, but not knowing what to feel about it.
Overall, the production is clean and Charlie sings with passion beyond her years. The music is tight and heart-felt. Her lyrical delivery is quick and clever, although personally I would like to see her branch out from love songs into other subjects as she matures. She does it well, however. You can tell she’s sincere and the songwriting is advanced for her age, so I think she’s going to go far.Source:
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Adam Schneider's newest album Turning Away comes from a long tradition of music that uplifts while tackling difficult social issues such as homelessness and inequity. He encourages people to be good to each other and to themselves, to be aware of the world around us.
Musically it has moments akin to a jazz or soul without being limited by either of those specific genres. The jazz elements come in by way of his interesting use of melody and how the vocal fits in the chords built by the band, as well as in some of the instrumentation. The soul/gospel aspect is not only in the overall style but how the lyrics entreat us to be good. It’s not a call to religion as much as a call to be fully human and to treat those around us with love.
The production is lush and beautiful. It works well with the concept of the album and brings to mind Stevie Wonder. The instruments are all very well recorded and live sounding, existing within the stereoscape quite nicely, and the songs all flow well from one into the next.
The album starts with “No Home” a song with a driving beat, lilting bassline, and floating sax. The tone of the song elicits feelings of wandering, while the lyrics call attention to the problems of being homeless - problems which are too often ignored. “Don’t look the other way. Don’t say everything’s okay.”
"Free Dimensional," the next track brings an ethereal vibe. It’s a simple song about treating ourselves better, not materialistically speaking, but spiritually. This concept is continued with "Love Undefined" with a similar message but expanding from the individual to others. I love the crescendo/break/change about two-thirds of the way through leading into the softer ending.
This softness flows into the quiet piano of “Our Lies.” This track evokes a long tradition of soul/R&B in a variety of ways, and the turn around from the minor feel of the opening to the relative major of the chorus is a nice transition into the more upbeat but still soulful ”Heels of Judgement.” This song keeps building with instrumentation and dynamic and entreats us to embrace those around us, to build relationships through positivity and education instead of discrimination. “Give It The Light” follows, returning us to an upbeat bluesy danceable number about being positive. Next is “Aging Me” which has a travelling folk feel to it.
"We" is a slower blues-jazz song which is about how greed and selfishness destroys us all, and worse how being blind to the consequences of our actions is bad for all of us. None of us exists in a vacuum. "Stand" features subtle, really well-layered strings and like the previous track, is about how we all exist in this world together and that we should stand up for our rights to exist as equals.
"Turning Away" is the closer and title track. It brings us back to the piano soul stylistically, and wraps up the ideals presented in the album as "justice and equality remain to be seen." The positive message of the album is represented well again by the changes in the chord progression, especially where it breaks into a major key near the turn. It’s uplifting and reminds us that we’re all people, a message that perhaps cannot be stated enough these days.Source: