Tuesday, December 15, 2009

CD Review: Phil Vassar - Traveling Circus

This CD has been delayed for so long!
So, after such a long wait, how does "Traveling Circus" fare? Frankly, it's high up on par with Vassar's pristine standards; not that it's perfect but it's still better than the average country CD out there. This time round, Vassar has a more hands on approach to this project whereby he produced all the tracks here himself. Further, he has relied on his road band rather than the paid by the hour session artist creating a more live feel to it. The killer tracks here are the ballads: the best being the ultra sweet "She's on the Way." A choke to the heart, "She's on the Way" has two dads conversing about the challenges of fatherhood. The emotions are so raw and so immediate while the song's melody is memorable: combinations that make this a big hit to come. Another winner is the melancholic piano driven ballad "A Year From Now"--an ode to the transcendence of time that will heal our deepest pains. "John Wayne" is perhaps one of the most tender love songs Vassar where the protagonist swears by forever love and commitment looking to American's iconic actor for inspiration. "Everywhere I Go," the current single, starts off well soft and tender before being seduced into the current trend where bombastic drums and screeching electric guitars ruined what could have been a heartfelt broken hearted love song.

6 out of 10 stars

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