I hold nothing against bands, but there’s something special when a sole artist gets the chance to pour his/her heart and soul into a work of his own. Of course, most of the time he will get the help from a series of other creative forces that will work with such artist to enhance the vision in a unison to take it into higher grounds. So maybe, a push it’s always welcome?
Shadowlight by Forrest Hill its more than an album, it’s a journey throughout history told through the chords of a guitar, the range of a singer and lyrics of a songwriter. The album takes us back into the days of Post-Vietnam US, a time where the few remains of the Summer Love era still were somehow present in the arts and how many, like himself, took the suffer and turn it into something much positive, less cynical to change the world. Many musicians claim to be influence by a certain number of genres, but only a few of them actually pull it as good as Hill does on this record as he takes the best of Motown and Funk, blending them together into this memorable tunes. You can hear some hints of Talking Heads, Mamas and Papas and Paul Simon while at the same time, if you carefully pay attention you get the chance some of the artist.
However, and that takes me into the unfortunately negative thing about this record, and is the fact a few listeners may feel these songs are way too similar to other classic bands. And while there has always been the case of many other bands sounding like their predecessors, I can see many people getting annoyed by this in a period where people are somewhat getting tired of the same ole, same ole even though that same ole hasn’t been around for years.
Criteria - 80%
Aside from that, in the end, Shadowlight is a record comprised of some touching ballads, Folks melodies and great use of background vocals as Forrest Hill dives himself into the deepest corners of his mind, encountering with his old soul and bringing it back into surface in a 12 tracks material. Those who are deep into the nostalgia of the hey days of Rock and Roll and Roots music might find this album very touching and delightful.