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Romance Like it Was
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Reviewed by: Rory Richardson
Edited by: Cyrus Rhodes
This is McCurry’s latest effort Romance like it Was (2012) and it certainly does not disappoint.
Venture to the internet – it will reveal an emotionally charged musical journey from North Carolina
to your heart. This is one artist who brings to the table an elite songwriting craft coupled with
top flight musicianship and a knack for making a the emotional connection with listeners.
Musical flavors presented: Folksy-Rock-Alternative-Rock, Psychedelic Americana.
Song Samples from the CD
The opening track "Blast Off” a marquee song that sets the stage perfectly for this CD.
It was a great intro piece that stuck in my head and had me eager for what lied behind
the next corner.
All in all the whole CD is brilliantly delivered with warm musical textures
and flowing compositions that push hard. Headed up by singer-musician McCurry
(Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, and loop sampling), Lisa Spring
(Violin), William Earl (Drums and Percussion, Chris Johnson (Trumpet and Keyboards,
Brent Bagwell (Saxophone) and Greg Gilbert (Bass).McCurry’s voice compliments this
style of music well. Musical overtones reminded me a bit of Pavement, Ween and even
Weezer to Beck.
There are some fantastic yet unexpected pieces on this CD which gives this musical
production a very accessible feel emotionally. The overall fretwork is impressive and
the writing style is brilliant and I would describe it as emotional, pure, genuine
and a bit zany and eccentric. McCurry has all the singer/songwriter qualities needed
to gravitate a fan base here in the US and abroad. Need I say more.
Favorite piece on the CD is a toss up between “
Wanda” and “Future Dreams.”
All song samples are from Doug McCurry's
page on CD Baby.
Blast Off / 2.
Wanda / 3.
Cleveland Park /
Along the River / 5.
Grit and Grinding / 6.
King of Hollywood /
Freedom / 8.
Christina / 9.
Prophet and Thief /
Quarters / 11.
Capture the Sun / 12.
Future Dreams /
If there were three words I would use to describe Doug McCurry it would be Psychedelic,
Eccentric but Infectious. Enlightening is the way that writing music can be a cathartic
thing especially from this kind of zany perspective, but also enlightening to the listener
to never take any style of music for granted. At the end of the day Romance like it Was by
Doug McCurry has the potential to reach out a huge fanbase if delivered effectively via
a live setting.
It’s a musical experience you will return to time and time again.
Rory Richardson...EvO:R Reviewer.
About the Editor:
Cyrus Rhodes is also President of Katavi Arts kataviarts.com a record label based out of Seattle, WA.
He also plays guitar for local rock band Seven Against Thebes, Over the years Rhodes has been
a guitarist in a touring band, band manager, booking agent, A&R representative, talent buyer, executive
producer and most recently a syndicated music critic. His reviews have been posted on USA TODAY and HEADLINE
NEWS. In 2009 he launched INDIE MUSIC DIGEST. IMD is dedicated the helping Independent
Artists and only accepts material from unsigned bands.
Cyrus's Record Label kataviarts.com
Cyrus's band Seven Against Thebes www.7at.net
Drum Dynasty www.drumdynasty.com
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