The guitar, vocals, and even the little shaker sounds are really clicking to make this track. The guitar is playing a simple melody to go along with the vocal melody, which is something I always want to do in my own music. Not a very long track, but one that moves you along for the ride. It picks up a bit at the end, and leaves you hanging for the next song.
Sing You to Sleep
Keyboard and some vocals make up this very airy song. The title fits perfectly to this song as you can imagine needing that song to set you to sleep, and this could be that song for that. The guitar comes in to add some backbone to the song. I can just picture in my mind this song playing in one of those romantic movies shot in black and white in a night scene. Things pick up here in the second part of the song as the singing lifts up and the guitar picks up. Things ease back down as the song writes itself out.
Where Your Heart is Lain
This song gets my head bopping a bit as it gets going. The guitar is playing a melody that isn't much, but is enough to make it catchy. Could almost feel a whole band playing behind Mr. Brewer as he really kicks into this song. It goes with the old adage sometimes less is more as this song has once again simple characteristics that are all working together. It's like a well oiled machine full of parts and pieces all making it a great song. This is so far my favorite song of this album. Oh man I love the different vocal parts hanging on at the end, that's awesome. In my own punk rock listening, gang vocals always get me and this is almost like an acapella group singing together.
Like Robert Redford
Just talking with Mr. Brewer about this song, and this is a spoken word piece that is all his own thoughts. When you hear the song, you will think it's lines from a movie. But it isn't and that's pretty amazing.
Innocence and Ignorance
This is more a folk type song compared to the other songs on here. There's some banjo picking happening on this song, and it just feels very soulful. Ryan stretches out the vocal chords to sing some of his heavier singing. Every song on here just paints a picture in my mind, and I'm trying to paint that for you all to see. Once again I see this fitting in a movie somehow, but can't fully picture it yet. Just a song full of grit and soul. I know that sounds pretty basic, but it's what I am hearing.
Back Where I Belong
We get back to the guitar and Ryan's singing on this song. It's something that he can really hang his hat on as he just does it very well. Almost feel like everything is stopping while this song is playing and I can just feel at ease with the world around me. The singing just captures me in the songs. I don't have the best voice in the world, so I'm a bit jealous Ryan can pull off this great sense of singing.
The recurring theme here is that Ryan can play and sing fantastic. This song just hammers home this point as the last song on the album. Don't want it to end, and want more music from him. It features some great vocal melodies once again going against the guitar playing.
All of these songs would make a fantastic short movie because they all work so well together. They paint pictures in your mind that really give you feeling. That's what music should do, and I am glad Ryan Brewer is doing this. It shows that Indianapolis does have musicians that need to be heard, and hopefully will be heard in the long run. Too often, bands don't work on that feeling part of music. They put together songs that are good to hear, but in the end leave you with nothing. I didn't get that at all from listening to this. I am left with this feeling of ease and excitement for life around me. What other compliment can I give to a musician?
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