CD REVIEW: David Silva - "Moorpark Oasis"
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"world class songwriting"
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Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Acoustic, Folk, Alternative, Blues, Rockabilly
Sounds Like: John Prine, Louden Wainright III, Lyle Lovett, David Allen Coe
When guitarist singer, songwriter David Silva left his home for fame & fortune in LA he moved into a building called Moorpark Oasis. While he was there he met & fell in love with his future wife. It was then that he earned enough to buy his first good guitar. It was also at this time he hit his stride as a songwriter. This is a collection of songs written by David over the years on a CD appropriately named Moorpark Oasis.
Logging in at just over 34 minutes the CD kicks things off with “Guitar & Shady Ladies” a perfect intro piece that sets the stage perfectly for this catalogue with easy flowing rockabilly groove, impressive guitar licks, clever vocals & lyrical content from Silva. Lyrics go “There’s a song in that bottle of whiskey, & I’m gonna’ find it if it takes all night” this is exactly what I’m taking about - brillian!. Track 2 “Garlic” dishes out yet another sassy rockabilly ditty against bluesy-rock guitar rhythms, sizzling solo guitar work, & more clever lyrics & vocals from Silva. Just when you think you’ve got Silva pegged you eat your words with track 3 “Hal’s Train Song” This piece shifts gears with delicate guitar intro against soothing vocals & superstitious subject matter from Silva. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of such classic acts such as John Prine, Louden Wainright III, Lyle Lovett. It’s got a humorous flair reminiscent of Hank Williams & David Allen Coe, & maybe Jimmy Buffett. The music itself is an impressive blend of classic Americana-folk with rockabilly R&B. Silva’s voice goes down smooth & is full of honesty, passion & raw honesty. Silva definitely knows how to grab your attention with his music. He also brings to the table his clever lyrics, bold honesty, & amazing sense of humor. You will also catch brilliant flashes of amazing conventional wisdom that you can’t put a price tag on. Silva's definitely a master songwriter, & makes the (singer to listener) connection every time via just a guitar & his life experience. The songs themselves are short & sweet musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair, & signature groove. You will also notice rich layers of instrumentation layered everywhere, conservative yet very effective at mixing things up musically. From dark ”Traveling” &” to songs with Spanish flair like “Coffee Shop” to upbeat “Seafood at the Holiday Inn" this CD has pretty much something for just about everyone. My personal favorites are “Blessings” & “September Bride” Some songs cut to the chase like “It will all be “Perfect”. There's something entertaining waiting for you around every corner. The CD ends with “Life is Good” a perfect finale statement that ends things on a “goodbye” note that can be describes as total jubilation.Overall “Moorpark Oasis” by David Silva is one of the best CD's I've heard this year. At the end of the day the David Silva brings so much to the table it's just dangerous. His Playing, his singing, his world class song writing, his wisdom, his life experience, his sense of humor, & yes his bold honesty. His music is rock solid. All the messages are passionate & are sung from a deeply honest perspective. The writing, playing abilities of Silva & his band are clearly way above the bar, & I especially liked some of the fancy fretwork I heard on there as well. Like the aforementioned he is a musical triple threat, & is clearly a premier talent within this particular genera. So if you like a classic Americana music that will show Silva’s brilliant perspective of love, loss, life & the never ending pursuit of happiness, then I highly recommend you jump head first into Moorpark Oasis by David Silva as soon as possible. But be advised - Dave’s been singing this song for 28 years now & he still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up.”
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