CD REVIEW: Perry Project - Can’t Steal Soul
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist/Band: Perry Project
Can’t Steal Soul
Pop, Alternative Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Weakness: Winded Songs, more solo segments, repetitive catalog
Tracy Perry Jr formed Perry Project on Myspace in 2007 while staying in Seattle for a means to seek out other musicians and... to form a band. While searching for bandmates Tracy continued to pick up his cheap electric guitar, writing songs on his own and fell in love with the songwriting process. ...
The CD gently takes to flight with melodic intro piece “Deceiving.” This song serves up infectious rocked out guitar ambience painted against mesmerizing vocals, hypnotic lyrical content and driving rock rhythm that quickly lead you by the hand down the path of impassioned musical indulgence. Track 2 shifts gears a bit “It Haunts You (Let Me Show You) but definitely keeps things rocking with its driving rock rhythm passionate groove, impressive solo guitar painted against a grand mosaic of vivid vocals. The passionate musical flow and subject matter of this piece brilliantly moves like an ocean across the ears with t’s grand slam chorus and impressive vocal harmonies. All in all one of my favorite pieces on the CD. Track 3 “The Clumsy One” is an impressive heartfelt electro-earthy piece that is quite dynamic, full of dynamics and musical peaks and valleys that flow and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. This piece is remarkably striking to the ears as well with its Alternative Rock touches and hypnotic vibe. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic Coldplay, Jeff Buckley, Death Cab for Cutie and even Tears for Fears, Live to Muse. I would classify this music as Alternative Rock with a dash of Earthy Ambient Folk and Singer/Songwriter with a College Rock flair. The CD presents brilliant flashes of theatrical rocked out ambience and all things life related. You will also notice rich layers of instrumentation layered along the way full of dynamics, Violin, Eloquent Strings, Keyboards, Piano, Acoustic guitar, well placed harmonies, low end rhythm section and enticing melodies. Perry showcases some impressive singing with an appealing vibrato, warm falsetto and impassioned feel that comes straight from the heart. His signing works well across the board and at times he actually reminds me of Chris Martin (Coldplay). Perry is a very capable singer/songwriter and he has clearly proven himself with this latest release. It’s melodic, it’s catchy, it's thought provoking, re-imagined, impassioned and reinvigorated. From heartfelt “Ever Changing” and “Death Takes its Toll” to rocking “Safety Signs” to clever “We Aren’t Racing” to methodical “Sailing Reality” to the marketable title track this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 “Newfound View” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish-line. I also wish there were more solo type segments on some of the pieces. Song for songs the production sounds a bit repetitive overall as it’s hard to tell one track from the next. Certain aspects of the mix are overly sonic and are guilty of delivering a reverb overdose.
Perry Project (featuring Tracy Perry) “Can’t Steal Soul” is a compelling musical journey. Its strong suit is its consistent song for song musical flow. Perry gets high marks from me for their brilliant musical approach bringing in his life experience. Above all he is armed with some powerful life's journey to write about. This CD will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want flowing poppy ambience to fill their sonic space peacefully and unobtrusively. This poppish somewhat ambient format makes for a great extended play experience. I recommend you just hit play, close your eyes and see where the passion takes you.