CD REVIEW: Joseph Eid - Human
by: Cyrus Rhodes
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Joseph Eid
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Pop, Americana
Sounds Like: John Maher, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows, Tom Petty, The Avett Brothers, Ray Lamontagne
Technical Grade: 9/10
Weakness: Winded Songs, Short Sided Songs
(LOS ANGELES, CA) Americana-Folk Singer/Songwriter Joseph Eid released his debut full studio album Human in late 2013. Eid has been garnering considerable buzz with his music and recently named as one of the 100 Hottest Live Unsigned Artists of 2012 and 2013 by Music Connection Magazine. Known as a dynamic solo performer, Joseph Eid has brought his cathartic one-man live show to many of Los Angeles’ premier music venues, including stints at Room 5 and El Cid. He has held residencies at the following Hollywood venues: The Stone Bar, Crane’s Hollywood Tavern, Room 5, and Bar Lubitsch. Shortly after the release of Human, Eid played several successful album release shows in Los Angeles, New York City, and Liberia. He has also enjoyed touring in the Northwest during the past few years playing wineries, pubs, parks and festivals. Having played a handful of house concerts on the west coast, he is proud to be a part of the “Concerts In Your Home" community. Human was released in 2014.
The CD kicks things off with the melodic ditty “Ready Now” a passionate acoustic guitar driven intro groove with methodical musical build, hooky chorus and emotionally charged vocal delivery and well placed fiddles. Track 2 the title track serves up another hooky groove, with melodic musical flow coupled with methodical musical build against a flowing earthy guitar ambience. Track 3 “Hit Me Up” shifts gears with its bluesy Pedal Steel guitar lending itself into an infectious melody with thought provoking lyrical and impassioned vocal persona that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of Tom Petty, The Avett Brothers, John Maher, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and Counting Crows. Right from the start you will notice Eid feels quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice Americana feel to it. Music is at times genuine, gripping, melodic, poppy and hooky with pockets of hope shining through. The American fretwork is world class across the board as Eid and company dish out impressive guitar licks. Also present are rock solid Piano, sporadic Percussive accents, Accordion, impressive Pedal Steel, eloquent string, Slide Guitar, well placed vocal harmonies all built upon an smooth as silk rhythm section. Eid’s got solid vocal timber and is full of passion and recklessness abandon. He’s got good vocal instincts within each movement he displays an impressive falsetto and inviting timber throughout. His vocal style reminds me of a cross between Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) and Isaac Slade (The Fray). Eid is a gifted songwriter, storyteller and vocalist. The songwriting is brilliant and provides a lot of musical variety and emotion. His vocal emotions really seal the deal for me as he makes a strong emotional connection with the listener. He really handles all the pin drop moments extremely well - this is a critical component of Singer/Songwriter often taken for granted, The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a gold standard Americana-Folk band. All engineering aspects check out. CD possess thick low end frequency and crystal clear high end clarity. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. From grooving ”Something Real” to heartfelt “The Rock” to hypnotic “Take a Breath” and “Greatest Lesson” to mesmerizing “Rain” to invigorating “What Will You Do” to bluesy “Don’t Leave” this 12 track CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 “It’s Only Love” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. All songs under 2 minutes feel like incomplete statements. I'm not a fan of the cover art to be honest, it really misses the mark for me.
In close Human by Joseph Eid delivers an impressive, passionate, impassioned, hooky 11 song release that upholds gifted songwriting with the highest standards in good Americana Pop. If he has an impressive live presentation then that would be a deadly combination no doubt. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate and highly entertaining – and clearly prove Eid is on to something special going down this path. At the end of the day Joseph Eid is a world-class singer/songwriter possessing an infectious pop personality clearly worthy of worldwide recognition. One would be wise to keep a watchful on him over the years to come.