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CD REVIEW: Thomas Corsaut  - Forced Perspective

by: Cyrus Rhodes




Artist: Thomas Corsaut

Album: Forced Perspective

Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://thomascorsaut.bandcamp.com/album/forced-perspective

Genre: Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Sounds Like: Talking Heads, to Beck, Elliott Smith, The Shins, They Might be Giants.

Technical Grade:9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Song: Sand & Paper, Slinky, Ghost Whispering

Weakness: Short Sided CD


La Habra based Singer/Songwriter Thomas Corsaut just released his latest effort entitled Forced Perspective in 2012. How would you describe an artist like Thomas Corsat: Eclectic blend of acoustic musings, thought provoking lyrics and stylistic guitar. Within "The Thief and the Magpie" album Thomas Corsaut explores multiple avenues of unique musical storytelling

The CD kicks things off with “Slinky” a slamming rock groove ditty that serves up impressive horns, infectious guitars, driving rock rhythm against no holds barred vocal delivery from Corsaut. Track 2 “Honest Look” shifts gears a bit with heartfelt vocal delivery meshed with impressive acoustic guitar ambience meshed against thought provoking lyrical content that flows and ebbs it’s way though to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Tremble” keeps things moving with its dynamic musical build impressive guitar ambience, effective vocal harmonies and strong melody.  As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Talking Heads, to Beck, Elliott Smith, The Shins and even They Might be Giants. The music has everything you would expect from a melodic guitar driven Alternative Rock CD. The vocals are effective, melodic and well done. The guitar playing is hot to the touch. There are also touches of Classic Jam band but with a 70’s Psychedelic-Rock flair. Corsaut’s vocal style works extremely well with this style of music. I might add his timing is spot on and his vocal intensity strives to not try to hard – dead in the pocket. I also noticed a few hot to the touch guitar solos along the way. Besides the 4 piece standard I can also hear well placed percussive accents, impressive horns, harmonica, effective ambient touches, rock solid slide guitar, and lush harmonies all built upon a thick as a brick rhythm section. Corsaut is an accomplished composer, guitarist, vocalist no doubt. His vocal style reminds me of a cross between Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) and Mike Patton (Faith no More). What I like most about the music is its sheer unpredictability and song for song vibe. By track 5 the CD hits solid stride dishing out many impressive songs in a row. This latest CD from Corsaut delivers 9 tracks all providing an interesting snapshot of an amazing artist with thought provoking lyrical wisdom with messages that are entertaining, passionate and extremely captivating. From my personal favorite “Sand & Paper” to hypnotic “Pray and Scream” to grooving “Fall in from Grace” to melodic “Voodoo Doll” to dynamic Ghost Whispering” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 15 “Think it’s a Sin” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

9 songs is a bit short for a full length release. Perhaps 2 or 3 songs is needed to make it a fully loaded release.

This latest release from Thomas Corsaut is a rock solid musical statement from start to finish. It's strength – the strong song for song consistency and impressive songwriting touch that keeps coming at you. At the end of the day Corsaut is just a fun and carefree artists to check out with a dash of mystery on the side. There’s not a weak song on this entire catalogue period! The musicianship is first rate, the songs are consistent musical experiences. Each one possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. The music is rock solid, grooving and will get you jumping. What am I trying to say? Thomas Corsaut rocks that’s what!  

Cyrus Rhodes