Garzone - Eponymous
Yes. Meticulous? Absolutely. But inspiring? Well, no. Billy
Garzone is a Boston-based guitarist / songwriter whose new
release challenges the notion that all musicians are artists,
being far more the former than the latter. While there's nothing
blatantly wrong with any of these songs, they just can't cut
the mustard when it comes to putting chills down your spine.
it's extremely safe-sounding organic rock with a vaguely Christian
message, taking few if any risks; the pop equivalent of a
money market fund. Mr. Garzone sounds thoroughly bored - one
can only hope for his sake that he isn't altogether happy
with the way his music is turning out. Tentative hints at
funk, bossa nova, folk and pop all end up being watered down
by the same vacuous arrangements.
like "Too Many Times," "Feeling Blue," "Good Times" and "Melody"
say it all - there's just not enough originality here. "Mother
Nature's Law" tells us that maybe, just maybe, we should save
the earth. "Love Will Keep You From Hell" tells us that maybe,
just maybe we all ought to be nice to each other. "Good times,
good times / lookin' for those good times." Geepers creepers,
Billy, don't you think it's time you stretched a few boundaries
here? It could be said, theoretically, that this isn't supposed
to be a meaningful album (no argument here), and as Billy
says it should just fill the function of providing… well,
good times. But good times require enjoyment, and the only
emotion implicit in this album is utter ennui.
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