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CD REVIEW: Tim Ryan O'Kane - Chaos & Blue (EP)

By: Cyrus Rhodes




Artist: Tim Ryan O'Kane
Album: Chaos & Blue
Label: Independent Artist

Genre: Alternative Rock
Sounds Like:
Live, Collective Soul, Tonic and Dishwalla, Pink Floyd.
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs:
Beautiful Bird, All Things Change

Weakness: A few winded songs, EP Release


Singer/Songwriter Tim Ryan O’Kane just released his latest EP release entitled “Chaos & Blue” in 2012. O'Kane is a Brooklyn, NY based recording

artist who began writing music at a very early age.  A self taught piano player, he developed a talent for singing and performing in his teenage years while attending the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL. This latest release is his second to date, released in 2012.

The EP kicks things off with well the “Beautiful Bird” a melancholy intro groove that serves up impressive musical build against an impressive acoustic guitar solo, well placed string movements and thought provoking lyrical content. Track 2 “Marmalade” shifts gears with this melodic follow-up statement that serves up an impressive psychedelic groove against well placed vocal harmonies that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “The Sum of it all” keeps things grooving with melodic guitar ambience, classic Jam Band feel, rich melody and Grand Slam chorus. As the EP methodically quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Live, Collective Soul, Tonic and Dishwalla and even Pink Floyd. The music has everything you would expect from a mysterious psychedelic Alternative-Rock EP. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals provide much in the way of compelling lyrical content, and emotional; feel. The songwriting is as good as it gets for an Independent artist. There are also subtle touches of Psychedelic Jam band but with a modern alternative rock flair.  O’Kane’s vocal style works well within the confines of this musical catalogue. I also noticed some impressive musicianship, a few hot to the touch guitar solos along the way. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. O'Kane plays Piano and sings, but he is backed up by 8 impressive session players. The Production touches are Top Tiered with solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. This EP is a real joy to listen to with high end speaker and stereo systems. What I like most about the music is its sheer unpredictability; note for note and song for song. The EP ends with Track 4 “All Things Change” the perfect foreboding finale statement for an EP of this caliber.  

All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I typically deduct 1 star for EP releases. The full length CD is a more complete snapshot in which to judge an artist. 

This latest 4 song teaser release from Tim Ryan O’Kane is a solid musical statement from start to finish. Its strength – the strong song for song consistency, wide musical depth and strong melodic foundation O'Kane brings to the table. All of the aforementioned makes for a wild ride that is Chaos & Blue”. No doubt O’Kane is a master songwriter and no doubt a marquee talent in the New York area. Bring on the Full Length.

Cyrus Rhodes

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