Posts Tagged ‘Acoustic

20
Feb
09

Greg Neufeld – The Music – Album Review

Greg Neufeld – The Music

Fans of the television program Canadian Idol will know who Greg Neufeld is. Go back to season 5, Greg who had never been in the “bottom 3” on the show that season shockingly found himself there next to his friend Brian Melo (Winner of Season 5) and Carly Rae Jepsen (Finished 3rd). All 3 were considered to be the best of bunch. Sadly one had to go home and Greg found himself on the chopping block. Many believed there was an error in the voting system or some sort of mistake. But there was nothing that could be done about it as he finished 7th.

Well now Greg is back with a new CD called “The Music“. After many years of performing with his band Dimarco (who had opened for many bands like Stabilo, Default, Hedley, and Matthew Good) Greg decided to go solo. You can feel Greg’s influences in his album such as John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and Dave Matthews. But yet Greg finds his own sound. Where some tracks have the strong acoustic feel where others have a fun pop rock sound.

For his debut album Greg does a excellent job of delivering catchy well written songs that are sure to please fans of this genre.

If you dont know who Greg is, now would be a good time to check him out.
Buy Greg Neufeld’s CD
now or visit his myspace or official website.

OVERALL RATING: 9.5/10

Top 3 songs:

1. Powerless
2. Leaving Song
3. Counterfeit

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21
Jan
09

William Fitzsimmons – The Sparrow and the Crow – Album Review

William Fitzsimmons  РThe Sparrow and the Crow

William Fitzsimmons may not be known to many people but i hopefully this new album will change that. Following up from his two previous releases; Goodnight, and Until When We Are Ghosts. The Sparrow and the Crow proves to be his best effort yet.

Have you ever had a friend who has had their heart broken and just wont stop talking about it. It can get tiresome and depressing. Some of the songs on his previous albums felt like that. Luckily William’s voice is so soothing and calm that you cant help but like him. Sparrow* doesn’t change his on going theme, but the songs feel more even and easier to listen to. The tone is slightly happier and you can tell his view on love and sorrow is on the mend. In no way am i saying that his other albums are bad. In fact there are some songs that are truly amazing and worth looking into. But this Album blows the other two away. It starts with a new version of Afterall called After Afterall which is far more beautiful then the original, i only wish it was longer. The song Goodmorning seems to serve as almost a motivational tune to anyone looking for that special someone as he repeats over and over “you will find love”.

I am becoming a big fan the more and more I listen to him. If you enjoy acoustic music, William Fitzsimmons ranks up there with Joshua Radin and Iron & Wine.

OVERALL RATING: 9.0/10

Top 3 songs:

1. Just Not Each Other
2. We Feel Alone
3. If You Would Come Back Home

[If you enjoy this, check out the song Rosi Golan – Hazy feat. WIlliam Fitzsimmons]

04
Jun
08

MAE / ANBERLIN (ACOUTSIC) REVIEW

SEATTLE WA
JUNE 1, 2008
NECTAR LOUNGE

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Anberlin (Acoustic)

Anberlin (Acoustic) – This was their first show they have done since December because they are working on their new album, and you could tell. Things felt rusty and slightly unorganized. Lyrics were forgotten many times and even a string busted on a guitar… and seeing as they had no guitar tech… they just kept going. Now normally this might sound like a half-assed show. But it was not. Being an acoustic show it allowed the band to do songs that they normally would have never done. Some of my favorites like The Haunting (which has never been preformed live) and Inevitable. They also played a brand new song never heard by anyone before called “Bittersweet Memory” . This is my 3rd time seeing Anberlin and this was a very unique concert going experience. I felt like i was watching something that only the select few would ever get the chance to see. For a die hard fan like myself. This was gold.

Mae – The Nectar Lounge would not be my first choice for a concert like this. there was a big sign above the door saying maximum capacity 360. And there must have been WAY more in the venue. Everything seemed pretty closed in and confined, but that made for an intimate atmosphere. This is my second time seeing Mae live and it looks as if they have perfected their stage performance. Adding constant head banging and little “moves” here and there. Also i didn’t realize until i saw them that a few of the members of the band are no longer with them. Mae seems like they are ready to take the next step and breakout a bit more. Sadly the set list was just ok. Nothing really blew me away. I could have used a few more songs from The Everglow album, but maybe i am biased cause its my favorite of theirs.

In the end it was worth the drive down to Seattle to catch two awesome bands together for this rare show.

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OVERALL RATING: 8/10

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