While many feel the music industry is in disarray right now it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear a new and exciting band or artist that’s not afraid to take chances with their music.
Enter UK born, Canadian based Rock artist John Brownlow and his latest musical offering: The Summertime. It’s clear to me he have surpassed what many consider the a-typical rock release. From the beginning track Burn Hollywood Burb to Track 29 (yes, you heard that right, 29!): Song For The Ferryman, John Brownlow deliver on all fronts and brought some nice memories from the past. The Summetime is in itself a sort of journey through the evolution of rock and delivers 29 mind blowing tracks that will keep you mesmerized with romantic and often mellow messages, very soft, sometimes jazzy rhythms, and a vibe that is unmistakably John Brownlow. This guy manages to combine many impressive musical styles like Adult Contemporary, 80s Adult Pop, Post Punk and even Alternative-Rock to traditional Singer/Songwriter Rock. Now that’s a pretty whacked out yet impressive list. Some of the pieces on The Summertime I really like are as follows: Live Forever, Man In The Mirror, Shame The Devil. A few tracks even expand the possibilities of a radio hit in the making. What’s more: the musicianship of this Ontario new son delivers and the Production value (recording, Mixing, Mastering) pulls out all the stops.
The music of John Brownlow will also remind you of Elton John, Peter Gabriel. Like I had mentioned the production value is also top notch and the vocal front, while a bit shaky sometimes it does tend to work with the music playing in the background and really get’s it’s point across and goes beyond traditional pigeonholing by music critics like myself. In close much of John Brownlow goes beyond just good playing and terrific songwriting. Lyrics are also an important factor for me when listening to an band or artist. In this aspect I found John Brownlow really touching as they paint you an impressive visual between the spoken word and messages of love and your inner self.