Soleil Moon was another new to me group. Vocalist Larry King gives self-assured, stellar vocals, complete with rock and roll burr; the instrumentals (John Blasucci) are flawless, and the content is rich and varied. That pretty much sums it up, but let's cover each track. On that, I'll say right now that this album has a lot of songs that WILL be covered!
“Blackbird” is a beautiful, soothing song that comforted me from the first note. “Blackbird singing in the dead of night. Take these broken wings and learn to fly. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arrive.” “On the Way to Everything” is a jazzy number that is pure light and fun. “Grab every star you see. Enjoy the ride; this is your time!”
“Love the Way You Love” will be the star of a movie soundtrack for a romcom. This song is so evocative of the feeling of being in love. Before it all goes wrong. Oops, cynical!
“History Repeats It's [sic] Pages”. Mellow. Thoughtful. An instant anthem.
“Goodnight Irene” is a haunting song that speaks of losing a child. Guaranteed heart-breaker. “Freedom” is another song that isn't afraid to pull punches (no pun intended, but ...) It unshrinkingly addresses abuse and the attempt to get free from it.
“Burn” builds a very dark environment, labyrinths and layers of auditory texture with a hard-driving rock beat that will get you UP and running for your electric (or air) guitar! There are no words, but you honestly couldn't care less. Rock on!
“Down”. This is a rocking commentary on the futility of trying to find happiness in all the wrong places/faces. “He doesn't see you can get what you want when you want what you get ...” Another killer instrumental display!
“Colorado”. Toe-tapping, road-trip inspiring yumminess. This is my favorite track.
“Move On”. “The winds of change must blow to find our higher ground … There's a reason we move on!” Perfectly-pitched phrasing that is punctuated by the perfect instrumentals. Oh how I needed this one!
“Here I Am”. This one had a formulaic approach that left me feeling kind of flat.
“Ohio”. What a dramatic intro! It reminds me of the power bands of the 80s. “Dusty highways and rundown motels, looking for heaven, but it feels like hell ...” Distilled nostalgia.
“Calling on the World”. “I need you and you need me ...” I'm writing this part of the review on the first birthday since I could talk that I cannot wish my Grandmother happy birthday. “I'd Die For You”. “A love once sacred now is dead ...” Instant classic. Both of these songs are reminders that we need to appreciate what we have before it's too late.
This is no doubt one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. It'll appeal to lovers of rock in particular and lovers of good music in general. I give it a 9/10.
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