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CD REVIEW: Jeremy Dion  - Golden Some Day

By: Cyrus Rhodes

 

 

 

Artist/Band: Jeremy Dion  

Album: Golden Some Day
Label: Independent Artist
Website: http://jeremydion.com/

Genre: Classic Rock, Americana, Folk, Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, John Denver, R.E.M.

Technical Grade: 6/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 6/10
Commercial Value: 6/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Desperate Mama, Unraveled, Better Day

Weakness:  Mix, Winded Songs  

 

CD REVIEW:

 

Colorado based Singer/Songwriter Jeremy Dion P just released their latest release “Golden Some Day” in 2012.  

 

The CD kicks off with “Golden Some Day” an slow moving heartfelt ditty that serves up steady rock rhythm reminiscent of vintage Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan complete with a rockabilly type guitars, soothing melody and well placed harmonies. Track 2 “Waiting” delivers rock steady  rhythm, timeless Americana groove and impressive earthy ambience. Track 3 “Desperate Mama” keeps thing s moving with its methodical musical build, heart felt vocals against a grand slam chorus that flows and ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, John  Denver and even a splash of classic R.E.M. The actual musical format is very intimate, up close: and personal. The songs themselves are very naked and personal with messages revealing the highs and lows of life, love, passion and do I dare say life’s observations. Overall the catalogue is upbeat, methodical, providing a brilliant perspective on life. Besides the 4 piece standard you will also notice brief splashes of Americana-Folk-Rock overtones, well placed rhythm guitar, solo guitar, Cello, Mandolin, Banjo, Lap Steel, Piano, Percussion, Pump Organ, Fiddles, Bouzouki and lush harmonies all built upon an impressive rhythmic foundation. Lyrical content is extremely revealing and thought provoking. All songs cut deep to the core and its obvious Dion is also a very capable songwriter but also hold his remarkably well as a vocalist. All songs are well crafted and consistent musical experiences across the board. From hooky "Running Was Wrong” to striking “Good as the Rain” to dynamic “Caught in the Photograph” to heartfelt Unraveled” to grooving “Better Day” to mesmerizing Ready to Go” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 11 “Hallelujah” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

This isn’t the best mix I’ve ever heard. At the end of the overall production value comes across as a bit flat and dated, lacking dynamics and modern-day flair. It takes skill and engineering savvy to record, mix, and master a musical production to industry standards these days. The impact this will have on its overall sound cannot be overstated. If this was 1982 this would be a cutting edge musical production, unfortunately its 2013, so the bar is set really high for independent artists like Jeremy Dion. I will mention that this issue goes virtually un-noticed due to this style of mix and it’s compatibility with earthy-type production such as this. All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.  

This latest CD from The Jeremy Dion  delivers 11 solid tracks all providing musical enjoyment filled with strong musical variety and diversity. The strong suit of Jeremy Dion is his strong earthy consistency, lyrical wisdom and bold passion and straightforwardness. Make no bones about it folks; it took raw courage and honesty to write and perform these songs. What I like most about Dion is there is no attempt to hide how he feels, or sugarcoat the truth. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that has the courage to show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Jeremy Dion is one of those artists.

Cyrus Rhodes

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