CD REVIEW: Voice in the Dark - Best of
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"messages of hope"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST -
Voice in the Dark
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative, Industrial Rock, Techno
Sounds Like: Fine Young Cannibals, XTC, Depeche Mode, Camouflage
Technical Grade: 5/10
Repetitive Musical catalogue, Lack of Instrumental variety, lacks
depth - very one dimensional musical production.
San Diego based Singer/Songwriter/Composer Arrow or better known as Voice in the Dark releases his latest collection of music entitled Best of in 2010.
The CD methodically takes flight with “Can you Believe” a progressive rock crescendo delivering sonic guitar layering, driving rock rhythm & rich melodic foundation that peaks & valleys its way through to emotional fruition. This first track has a hooky chorus & impressive sonic accents. Track 2 “Stop” shifts gears a bit with mesmerizing sonic intro, eventually lending itself to progressive rock groove that delivers an upbeat vibe, hooky vocals & heart felt passion from Arrow. Track 3 “Secret Road” delivers yet another solid song with its mesmerizing musical flow, well placed guitar & keyboard accents & a grand slam chorus. The CD makes a pretty good first impression delivering 3 solid songs in a row. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical influences reminiscent of classic acts like Depeche Mode, XTC, to Fine Young Cannibals & Camouflage. Overall the music is a bit challenging to pigeonhole. It's quite amazing how original Arrows sound & voice are. There are also lush layers of melodic instrumentation & sonic touches sprinkled her & there. I would classify this music as Progressive Experimental Techno Rock with a strong emphasis on vocal melody. Turning our attention now to Arrow & his voice - the most impressive thing about him is he just lets it all hang out vocally. Though he may not have the greatest voice in the world he makes up for it with his feel good grooves & impressive songwriting virtuoso. Even more impressive are his vocal harmonies which provide strong vocal reinforcements in all the right places. He pretty much lets it all hang out emotionally on many songs, his voice is solid, & he brings a lot of passion & emotion to the table. From heart felt “Hold the Line” to passionate “Fight for Life” to gripping “How can We” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Spread the Vibe Around” the perfect finale statement for a CD
I don’t like how the first track fades out. I wish some of the drums & bass notes had more verity & bottom end punch to them. It’s fair to say the catalogue is a bit repetitive overall. Perhaps more instrumentation is needed to bring more musical variety to the table. Things like percussive accents, solos, horns, sonic touches, flutes, industrial accents, piano, anything to spice up the production value a bit - making it less dry. Trent Reznor is a master at mixing things up musically with respect to all the musical tidbits he brings to the table. Arrow should take a queue from his music. This CD also sounds extremely synthetic & sonic - lacking strong musical depth & texture. I would wager Arrow recorded this whole CD's with nothing more a PC, & Program & a microphone. At the end of the day this CD sounds extremely one dimensional. This musical foundation feels like it was built on a house of cards
Best of by Voice in the Dark a solid statement. Song for song, note for note it has a feel good groove to it. It’s strong suit – the song for song rock solid consistency & impressive musical talent of singer/songwriter Arrow. He is a musical triple threat & should be considered a premier talent. The music of Voice in the Dark provides us with messages of hope compassion & positive energy - that personifies the Human Spirit.
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