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CD REVIEW: David Park - Until I'm Done

by: Cyrus Rhodes


"David Pak is on fire"






Artist/Band: David Park

Album: Until I’m Done
Label: Billberg Entertainment
Website: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/until-im-done/id752998616

Genre: Blues/Rock, Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Rockabilly
Sounds Like: David Byrne, Lynard Skynard, The Black Crows, The Stray Cats
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: The Ballad of David Brown, Hardcore Turckin, One on One is Three
Weakness: More songs


Deep from the Swedish midlands Valleys a new genre of music developed. It's a unique crossover between the attitude, sound and energy of Hard Rock and the Old Style Bluegrass. Like a meeting of bands like Foo Fighters, Entombed and Lanyard Skynyrd jamming with artists like Bill Monroe and Flatts n’ Scruggs This new genre is called Swedish Country and it’s pioneer is life long musician David Park. This latest 10 track release is called “Until I’m Gone” The music on this album has evolved over a long time but kick started when David wanted to develop the Billy Gibbons play style, using finger picks while playing groovy riffs. 

The CD kicks lifts off the ground nicely with am eccentric ditty "Until I’m Done” a slamming intro piece that serves up rocked out groove against effective harmonies, amazing solo guitar and soulful melody from Park. Track 2 “The Ballad of David Brown” keeps thing moving in the right direction with heartfelt vocal delivery from Kennedy against steady flowing rhythm section, against hooky chorus making for an impressive follow up statement. Track 3 “Regretting Song” is another impressive groove that dishes out full tilt rock rhythm and thought provoking lyrical content that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. The CD makes a great first impression dashing out 3 amazing songs in a row. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. I would classify this music as classic R&B, Americana, with brief touches of psychedelic Rock of the early 70’s Rock n’ Roll to Alternative Rock. Call me crazy but music is reminiscent of eccentric David Byrne, Lynard Skynard, The Black Crows, The Stray Cats, Led Zeppelin, Cream with brief splashes of Les Claypool and even Brian Setzer. Along the way besides power trio standard you will notice lush instrumentation with things like impressive Banjo, fancy Americana style picking, solo guitar, well placed rhythm section, and lush harmonies layered everywhere. Park can play the Banjo like nobody's business. What I like the most about this band is how well they seem to groove together, testament to hundreds of hours of writing and rehearsal time no doubt. Now turning our attention over to singer David Park - as for his vocal abilities he’s amazing! His voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively with a timber that is simply infectious. He's got vocal mojo and a solid rock vibrato. I suspect some of his vocal influences are – Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and even Chris Robinson (Black Crows). I might add he takes some impressive vocal risks indicating to me a confident vocal ability. He’s not a bad guitarist either. I really like his soulful guitar playing, spot on timing and R&B Style playing. Park is the quintessential  eccentric rock star and is clearly the marquee talent from Sweden. If he wrote all these songs he could be bigger than any of us realize at the moment. All songs are extremely well crafted and consistent across the board. This CD from David Park delivers 10 solid tracks all providing musical enjoyment filled with strong musical variety and diversity. The music of David Park has everything you would expect from a hyper cative, overly eccentriac rocking musical production. From methodical “Private Paradise” to slamming “Hardcore Truckin” to rocking “I Believe” to jumping “One on One is Three” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 “Now I Never Will Know” the perfect finale statement for a CD like this.     

As amazing as this CD is I wish there were 3-4 more tracks on it to make it a fully loaded release.

From start to finish this "Until I'm Gone" CD from David Park is an amazing collection of music. The songwriting – world class, all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this catalog. The writing and playing abilities of this 3 piece and is rock solid. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted and the lyrical content is packed with luscious tidbits of good old fashioned Blues, Rock n Roll, Rockabilly with Alternative Rock layered along the way. Finally the presence of Joshua Kennedy is to die for. Be sure to check out David Park’s music linked above. David Park is on fire!

Cyrus Rhodes

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