Thursday, February 22, 2018

“Take It From Me” by Healthy Bones – A Song Review

     The debut track from Healthy Bones is an assembly process in which the shape is defined early, but each additional piece enhances the attractiveness, the energy, and the strength of the structure. “Take It From Me” is tight, well balance, and almost exhaustingly lively.

     The song begins unassumingly with acoustic guitars and percussion that sounds to be hand slaps against the guitar body. Soon, a slightly hushed voice is added. The tempo is now established. “Good song” is the conclusion. Then, at the 0:49 mark, more elements make their entrance and “good” is no longer a sufficiently strong description. Voices jump in just before hand claps and background keys. The tempo hasn’t changed, but there is a marked change in energy and the gravitational pull of “Take It From Me.”

   The next boost occurs at 1:21, when the rhythm is fully fleshed out. Percussion and guitar are added to the assembly and the song is now a force. Then, almost a minute later (2:16), the keys are no longer satisfied with their background responsibilities and generate periodic bursts.

       “Take It From Me” could just stay intact for the remainder of the track, and that would be pleasing. But not being satisfied, there is a brief respite shortly after the three-minute mark. Well done, Health Bones!

     Healthy Bones is the new project from writer Dan Masters of Margate, UK.



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“Thanks To You” by Mara Falls – A Song Review

     The guitars skillfully vary among Rock sensibilities while remaining consistently praiseworthy. "Thanks To You" resides in the darker neighborhoods of the Rock genres, but adeptly moves around within those neighborhoods. However, our favorite guitar feature of “Thanks to You” is one that we only assume was intentional. He calls her “The Devil” (‘cause she leads him astray) and she calls him “The Reaper.” The guitar hook that immediately follows the reference to The Reaper has a taste of Blue Oyster Cult in their most significant contribution to music – “(Don't Fear) The Reaper.” The hook plays in other portions of “Thanks To You,” but is most powerful when attached to The Reaper.

     The instrumental support in “Thanks To You” is masterfully married to the lyrics and vocals. The track is a dark portrayal of a relationship. At 2:14, the description briefly warms as he admits, “I always thought it’d be you…“ The instruments are almost tender, until the lyrics move from expectations to reality, when the pounding percussion and driving bass reestablish the tone of the relationship.

     The members of Mara Falls are Peter Black (vocals, guitar), Lola Rose (bass), and Peter Szots (drums). The band’s bio explains their origin:
  "Hailing from Coventry, Mara Falls' founding member and frontman, Peter Black met bassist Lola Rose in Paris, after a midnight decision to move to the French capital. Melding stadium anthems with an intimate, deeper than the surface, writing style, foundations were set. The group was completed after returning to Coventry, with the addition of drummer, Peter Szots."

     “Thanks To You” by Mara Falls 


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

“Build It Better” by Aron Wright – A Song Review

     The song was added to our list of songs to share as we listened during an episode of television’s “Good Doctor.” It wasn’t the first time the emotionally impactful track was used in a soundtrack.
     Aron Wright is based in Nashville, Tennessee. He wrote “Build It Better” with K.S. Rhoads. The song is 3 years old, but remains hard hittting.

     “Build It Better” by Aron Wright


Lyrics of “Build It Better” by Aron Wright
You can still see where the water was
In a line at the top of the chimney bricks
Sometimes, something
So broken can never be fixed

So we saved a few things that were spared
And brought it to the ground
Cause you always build it better
The second time around

I drove past the place where we use to live
Where you said you never wanted kids
Sometimes, something
So broken can never be fixed

I'm sleeping more and eating again
I'm starting over like a factory town
And you always build it better
The second time around

You always build it better
The second time around
You always build it better
The second time around

[You always build it better]
[You always build it better]
You always build it better
Better the second time around
You always build it
Better the second time around
[You always build it better]
You always build it
Better the second time around
[You always build it]
You always build it
Better the second time around