You may know this by now, but back in the early stages of Rock and Roll, piano played a major key in the sound of the genre. There was the guitar, a drum and an amazing performer and vocalist at the forefront, but somewhere around the stage there was also a pianist adding on their own twists and turn, making the music much more melodic. Some modern bands like Kane or Coldplay have made a great use of it – but it’s no longer what it used to. Until now.
Instincts by Josh Christina is the product of a man who has find himself travelling back in time and bringing some long forgotten sounds from the past we all thought were all far gone, basically extinct, or in a better case scenario, evolved into something else that resembles the heydays of fun ole’ rock and roll.
“Friend Zone” is perhaps the most joyful, exciting track you will hear about the darkest place in every relationship. While any artist would usually go for a much cynical approach, Christina brings back some of the awesome rockability into the modern world with such an ease. “Counting Sheep” brings down the level of excitement from 11 to a sweet 8, as the band goes for something bluesier in the vein of The Rolling Stone and The Blues Brothers. The rest of the album goes into different directions, each one bringing a new distinctive element and melody into the table, showcasing the great talent everyone on this record has. Gotta love, the way how Josh Christina blends his big love for Country with other musical styles and with the ease he does it.
There isn’t really negative thing to throw way, except that at the end, it feels like the audience for the record its very niche. It gets you thinking for a second on the reason why many artists doesn’t fully embrace the sounds of the past; but instead always try to add in something much fresh and new, it may be because people’s tastes these days have all evolved. It’s that evolution exact evolution of sort that may play against this record and this artist.
Criteria - 75%
In the end, Instincts by Josh Christina is the best journey into the past, a journey into the early days of Rock and Roll when the Blues still played a major part. The hints and additions of Country music within each of every song, just helps elevate the music itself.