CD REVIEW: Igby Iris - and the Search for what it was
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Igby Iris
And the Search for what Was
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Progressive Rock,
Alternative rocker Igby Iris releases his latest CD entitled And The Search For What It Was” in 2011. Igby hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan & is no stranger to the business having released 3 full length CD’s, an EP & has even had some of his songs featured in Feature Film.
The CD gently takes off with “The Search” a passionate intro piece that serves up heartfelt groove e against apocalyptic piano, & passionate vocals from Iris. This first is quite dynamic as it flows & ebbs its way through to emotional fruition thus leading the listener into Track 2: “Boy” This piece shifts gears a bit with driving rock rhythm, rocked out guitar & impressive keyboard accents. Track 3 “Your Arms” shifts gears a bit with its psychedelic vocal intro, gradually building into an impressive psychedelic ballad of sorts with a passionate vocal finale. The CD makes a great first impression dishing out 3 solid songs in a row. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Along the way you will notice lush instrumentation with things like sizzling guitar pyrotechnics, piano, impressive keyboards & guitar solos. As this CD slowly unfolds it obvious the players in Iris’s band are quite accomplished. Kudos goes out to the impressive drumming & impressive solo guitar work from: – well I guess I don’t know who he is looking at the liner notes. Now turning our attention over to Iris - as for his vocal abilities, his voice works extremely well within the confines of this catalogue. His voice goes down smooth & fills the space peacefully & unobtrusively. I might add Iris takes several vocal risks throughout the CD indicating to me a strong & confident vocal ability. Music reminds me of a modern day Queen wth a touch of Muse. I might add the production quality is first rate from top to bottom. The mix is superb with solid low end punch & crystal clear high end clarity. All songs are extremely well crafted & consistent across the board. From striking "Through the Years” to hypnotic “Headlines” to trippy “Bright Yellow Bicycle” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Not Broken” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All song over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Once again I can’t find any information in the liner notes about who the players were. If igby played everything great – then say it. It’s a bit confusing besides being extremely unorthodox. The cover art concept misses the mark with me totally. I don’t feel many will be able to identify with it either.
From start to finish by ‘And the Search for what it Was” by Igby Iris is an impressive collection of music. The music is highly passionate, dark & extremely entertaining. The songwriting – world class, all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, & signature groove. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this entire CD. The writing & playing abilities of Igby Iris & his band are rock solid, the melodies & pieces are well crafted, & the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with messages of mystery & drama. It almost has a theatrical quality to it. Last but not least the vocal presence of Iris is what I would call infectious Igby Iris is an artist worthy of spotlight, attention, & praise. He is clearly doing all the right things over the years with him music & his discography.