DIARY OF AN OUTLAW – Single Review: “A Beautiful Woman”

DOA - A Beautiful Woman

Diary of an Outlaw (DOA) is the music project of singer-songwriter, producer and director Angel Synn. I featured him on this blog this past December (2019) when I reviewed his explosive rock single “BIGTIME”. Now he returns with a powerfully moving love song “A Beautiful Woman”, along with a deeply personal video, in honor of Valentine’s Day. Normally, Angel’s songs are hard-hitting bangers, but he slows things down here to create a beautiful piano-driven ballad with more of a country-rock feel. The piano and slide guitar are stunning, creating a dramatic and stirring backdrop for Angel’s heartfelt vocals (which sound a lot like Scott Stapp to my ears).

Angel says the song is cathartic for him. “It makes me dig deep inside my heart and speak to you my friends: Live in the moment. Love who you want. Fight for your heart. Finish what you start. Be the change in your life. Strength and guidance to do what you need to do but most of all, be true to yourself so the mirror can always be proud of the reflection staring back.”

The lyrics are a heartbreaking tribute to a woman who loved him, but he lost through his mistakes and indifference:

She’s the kind of woman you hold on to
Hold on to, a woman like that
She don’t understand why I let her go
Let her go
A beautiful woman like that

She’s the kind of woman who gives her heart
Gives her heart with all she has
And any man I know if he had the chance
Would give his all to a beautiful woman like that

She really loved me, but I really let her down
I didn’t see it, well I, I see it now

She’s the kind of woman to tell her friends
She’ll tell her friends, that’s my man
Well she’ll dance around, she’ll smile and she’ll joke all day
Your heart will melt for a beautiful woman like that

She really loved me, but I really let her down
I didn’t see it, well I, I see it now

She’s the kind of woman you can’t forget
You don’t forget a woman like that
Well years from now I know I’ll still see her face
Still taste her kiss, still hurt like this
Still hate myself for letting go
Cause you can’t forget a beautiful woman like that

The sweet video was filmed in and around Angel’s home town of Detroit.

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DIARY OF AN OUTLAW – Single Review: “BIGTIME”

Diary of an Outlaw

Diary of an Outlaw (DOA) is the music project of singer-songwriter, producer and director Angel Synn. He’s a kind and gracious guy too! Originally from Michigan, where he grew up both on a farm and in Detroit, Angel now calls Hollywood, California home. He was once frontman for the rock band Down In Hollywood, but took a long hiatus from music to care for his wife who eventually passed away from cancer. This past summer, he decided to get fully back in the game as Diary of an Outlaw, and started recording new songs. On December 4th, he released “BIGTIME“, a hard-driving banger of a tune that speaks to his passion for music and dreams of making it big. And after all the tough challenges and heartache he’s gone through, he’s now fearless in his quest, and nothing’s gonna deter him from doing everything possible to achieve his goal.

DOA gets right down to business, blasting through the airwaves with an explosive barrage of raging riffs and pummeling drumbeats. He’s a fine guitarist, shredding his guitar like a man hell-bent on destruction through much of the track, but then he lays down a tasty little solo in the bridge, accompanied by some scratching to create a nice, contrasting interlude before the onslaught returns in the final chorus. His raw, commanding vocals remind me a bit of Scott Stapp as he fervently sings “Can’t you feel the music rising like a cannonball straight from your veins? / See the party, feel the people giving energy. Kickin’ ass while I’m taking no names! I am headed for the bigtime!” Keep playing guitar like you do, and it’s guaranteed DOA!

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