EP Review: CURE FOR GRAVITY – “Cure For Gravity”

From the moment I first listened to the opening song “Tonight” on alternative rock band Cure for Gravity’s new self-titled EP, I was bowled over by the sheer magnificence of their sound.  On October 14, the Berkeley, California based group dropped Cure For Gravity, a collection of six exceptional tracks that combine lush atmospheric synths with dazzling guitar work and strong percussion. The EP – and band for that matter – are aptly named, as their music soars straight to the heavens.

The band consists of three highly-skilled musicians – Joe Markert (Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars), Chris Gamper (Drums & Percussion) and Dave Walcott (Guitars, Wall of Sound, Backing Vocals). They released their first EP Fallen Stars in 2012, which featured four solid tracks with a mix of acoustic and harder rock sounds. They’ve taken a more experimental approach with Cure For Gravity, and the results are pretty incredible.


“Tonight” opens with sounds from a rocket launch, then segues into distorted guitar, heavy bass and crashing cymbals before the track settles into a gorgeous sweeping affair with a Pink Floyd vibe. The song seamlessly transitions into the awesome second track “Sunspots,” by which time I was helplessly in love with this band’s music. The blistering guitar riffs in this six-minute long song are a wonder. Markert’s urgent vocals rise and fall perfectly with the music. The two tracks combined run over ten minutes, yet they’re so good they seem over in an instant.

“Just Like Candy” is pure delight, filled with playful guitar riffs that dance across big synthesizers and a buzzing bass line. With equal playfulness, his voice alternating from smoldering to falsetto, Markert sings of a woman who drives men crazy with her teasing indifference: “Violence on the dance floor / She wants less, but he wants more / They move left to right like an underwater knife fight / You’re blowing me down / She’s just like candy / Wearing a hole in me.”  At 3:25 the song erupts with a rapid, hard-driving guitar riff that reminds me a bit like the ending guitar flourish of an Allman Brothers song.

Things turn dark and heavy with the psychedelic-tinged “BlackMetal.” Once again, the band’s nimble guitar work is amazing. And the music and vocals are so gorgeous in the moving rock ballad “Push” that I’m nearly blown away. The superb closing track “Killing For the Queen” offers up more soaring synths and mind-bending guitars that prove without a doubt that these guys are masters of their craft.

To sum up, I love this fantastic EP and am now a huge fan of Cure For Gravity. Learn more about them by checking out their website, and support these guys by following on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to their YouTube channel. Stream their music on  Spotify and Soundcloud, and purchase on iTunes or Bandcamp.

Album Review: A BLUE FLAME – “What We’ve Become is All That Now Remains”

British singer/songwriter Richard Stone – who goes by the artistic name A Blue Flame – doesn’t consider himself a musician, but rather a compulsive writer of songs who also happens to play the guitar. For him, the song lyric is supreme, not the music or sound. On his album, What We’ve Become is All That Now Remains, he tells compelling stories using straightforward lyrics about life, love, faith, loss and heartbreak. And though he’s not as concerned about the music or sound of his songs, I think they’re superb, representing an amazingly eclectic range of styles from doo-wop and old-school pop to easy listening ballads and hard-driving rock.  Plus, his smooth, clear vocals perfectly suit his thoughtful lyrics.

When I asked Stone about his artistic name, he explained that ‘A Blue Flame’ just came to him, but he also liked “the balance in the name between the heat of a flame and the sadness of feeling blue. Blue flames are the hottest of all flames and they are also linked with strange, other worldly experiences like will o’ the wisps. It’s a name of contradictions between the scientific and paranormal, just like my music is a mass of contradictory influences.”  He said his songwriting has been influenced by some of the great songwriters such as Bob Dylan and the Beatles, but essentially any great song from one of any number of artists.

Stone writes all his songs and plays guitar. He arranges them with help from Adam Ellis, who co-produces and also plays guitar.  Other session musicians add their skills to the mix as needed, including Damon Claridge on drums, Andy Robertson on bass and keyboards, and Tony Robinson (who’s also played with the Manic Street Preachers and The Beautiful South, among other bands) on keyboards and horns.


The passage of time and the challenge of keeping the faith – both in God and yourself – are recurring subjects in A Blue Flame’s songs. The album opens with the sublime track “When Time Slowed Down.”  The song features beautiful piano, gentle guitar and snare drum, along with a captivating trumpet solo. With a hint of sadness in his voice, Stone wistfully sings of the fleeting nature of time, and the need to stop and savor the precious moments: “When all is said and done, and we’re just words upon a page inside a book that never opens / How will we be found?  We lucked out, the year we found the days when time slowed down.

Time’s passage is again alluded to on the tracks “Our Memories Fade” and the anthemic “Everyday Yesterday,” where an upbeat melody belies a deeper meaning: “Everyday, yesterday gets further away. I was born for the ninth time, a fool amongst the fools. Running in the nighttime and breaking all the rules. Till I saw I was the dullest stone in a box of golden jewels. It was clear that I knew nothing and my promises were cruel.

Stone plaintively urges self-belief and acceptance in the bittersweet ballad “Be Kind to Yourself” – “You know that your hate is a weakness, you know that you need to be brave. You’re scared of that something inside you that cries in the night to be safe” – and in the edgy, hard-rocking “I Don’t Know,” where Stone’s raw vocals seem to channel an exasperated Billy Joel. In “Feeling the Same,” he expresses empathy for someone feeling lost and alone with their pain and self-doubt.

Faith in God is questioned in the rousing “From God on Down.” Stone defiantly proclaims “I have been here a billion years, and I am so tired. I may, I may not exist. You might believe, you may well laugh. We’re all in the dark, from God on down.”  So too with the catchy pop-rock track “Out There Somewhere.”  Love and loss are the theme of the wonderful but rather mournful doo-wop tune “The Sun Refused to Shine.” The guitar solo in the last third of the song is great.

One of my favorite tracks is “Marlborough Park Avenue,” a poignant tune that calls to mind the incredible storied lyrics and singing style of Harry Chapin. To a gorgeous arrangement with gentle percussion, violin and multi-textured guitars that swirl, twang and chime, Stone fervently sings of a lost loved one “Though you’re not here, you still hold me together. The blossom is swimming around me / I think I’m in heaven.  I wish you were walking beside me, but you’ve gone on ahead.

Another standout is the hard-hitting kiss-off “The Girl Inside of You.” As with some of the other songs on the album, the upbeat, high-energy music – complete with “sha la la la, ooh sha la la las” – contrasts sharply with the fiery lyrics. Stone practically spits the lines “Rain falls down from a cloudless sky / I look up and I wonder why / It seems strange to me / It’s a motherfucking mystery / Farewell from the boy in me, who so fell for the girl inside of you.

What We’ve Become is All That Now Remains is an album that keeps getting better with each listen, as the poetic beauty of the lyrics continues to sink in. Learn more about A Blue Flame by checking out his website. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and stream his music on Spotify and Soundcloud. His music is available for purchase on CD Baby.

Song Review: Shelita Burke – “Belong”

Singer/songwriter Shelita Burke is one of those artists who come along every so often and, upon first hearing her music, you immediately wonder “wow, who is this woman with such a unique and beautiful voice?” Originally from Seattle, Burke spent a few years traveling in Europe, soaking up influences from a myriad of cultures and developing her singular music style in the process, until settling in Los Angeles.  Out of that journey was born her brilliant, highly-acclaimed debut EP Transfixed.  Released in late 2015, The EP features five gorgeous tracks, plus a remix of the title track. The jazz-infused songs offer up mesmerizing strumming guitar and Burke’s captivating, ethereal vocals that transport the listener to a dreamy otherworldliness.

Now Burke has completely changed things up with her hot new single “Belong.” Departing from the jazzy, ethereal sounds of Transfixed, Burke dives headfirst into EDM territory, creating a steamy dance track that proves beyond a doubt that, not only is she a vocalist with considerable range, she’s also one with a lot to tell us. In “Belong,” Burke submits herself willingly over to passion while seducing her lover to own her: “Let’s get it on, and on and on and on. Belong. What’s wrong with belong?  I can’t resist all you needed to say. You get me, you get me, you got me. You find me sweet and pretty. If you would own me, I’m easy to please. If you would use me, I would never leave. Crawling, for that something more.”  Whew!

Propelled by a hypnotic, driving beat, swirling synths and bold hand-claps set the tone for Burke’s smoldering, seductive vocals. This is one sexy number that will lure even the biggest wallflower onto the dance floor!  With nearly 700,000 plays on Spotify in less than three months, Burke has a certifiable hit on her hands.

Show Shelita some love by following her on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribing to her YouTube channel.  Stream her music on Spotify or Soundcloud, and purchase it on iTunes and other online music sites.

Song Review: Agony In The Garden – “Obsolete”

Dayton, Ohio has produced quite an array of important and influential artists and bands over the years, spanning a broad spectrum of music genres. Some of the notable ones include funk/R&B greats The Ohio Players & Lakeside, rocker Rick Derringer, hip-hop band Zapp, dance-pop singer CeCe Peniston, alt-rock band Guided By Voices, pop-punk band Hawthorne Heights, and metalcore bands Twelve Tribes and Devil Wears Prada. Now let me introduce another band to rise from the Dayton music scene: rock metal band Agony In The Garden.

As they explain in their bio, Agony in the Garden’s music “honors those who would challenge the sun. Though our overture reflects the eternal dream, the sleeper has awakened. As we bore witness to this paradox the logic is ill refute.” Their music style fuses rock, metal and blues to create a powerful wall of sound that grabs hold of and engulfs the listener in a realm of blazing guitars, massive synth chords and sharp percussion. Their poetic song lyrics are always compelling and socially relevant.

Agony In The Garden started out as a concept band, with singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mack Perry as the solo artist writing and recording all the music. He released a debut four-song EP Where Olympus Dwells in May 2015, receiving critical acclaim and earning a growing legion of fans. Drummer Bobby Milton and guitarist Michael Greer joined the band in July 2016, and they are now working on a new album tentatively named Second Light, and set for release in Fall 2016.


The first single to be released is “Obsolete,” a sonically hard-hitting metal rock tune that dazes the senses. The song opens with a delicate, crystalline guitar solo, then erupts into a rich stew of snarling, swirling guitars, and pummeling bass.  Assertive drums keep the hard-driving beat moving forward, but never overpower the phenomenal heavily-textured guitars and Perry’s raw, impassioned vocals. Finally, demons expunged and both singer and listener spent, the song closes with a repeat of the gentle guitar riff.

The powerful lyrics speak to the sins of mankind and his impermanence on this earth. The end will come for us all as we cast away our demons (sins), breaking free of our physical selves and ascend to an afterlife. “Burning flames will shatter/in a world made of stone. Hear the dying children’s laughter/in a hell so new it’s old. Darkened sacred waters/Go on and fill them with your name. You can rise above the wreckage/go on and rise above your mortal chains. Throw your demon into the sun, ’til it’s done. Throw your demon, one by one into the sun.

For a background reference of the band’s music, here’s the video for their excellent 2015 single “Where Olympus Dwells.” It’s a provocative commentary on poverty and homelessness that intertwines beautiful scenery with startling images of the homeless and disasters – both natural and political – that contribute to the homeless epidemic. The song has been chosen to be featured on the soundtrack of the new Ugandan Action Cinema film Precision: The Child Drug Trafficking.

I must make note that, from our conversations by e-mail and Twitter messaging, Mack Perry is one of the most gracious and respectful musicians I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with. So support his band by checking out their website and following on Twitter and Facebook. Stream their music on Spotify and Soundcloud, and purchase on itunes, Amazon and other online music sites.

Song Review: MUTEMATH – “Changes”

On the heels of touring for their superb 2015 album Vitals, and as second opening act for twenty one pilots’ epic Emotional Roadshow World Tour (see my  concert review), New Orleans band MUTEMATH has dropped a positively stunning new single “Changes.” It’s the opening track on their new album of the same name – set for release on September 23.

Upon first hearing the opening vibrating synth chords, it’s clear that “Changes” is a thing of sonic greatness. Our ears are dazed by a gorgeous waterfall of alternating lush and distorted synths, tinkling keyboard and multi-layered percussion.  Lead singer Paul Meany’s heartfelt vocals are sublime, perfectly conveying the slightly melancholy vibe of the track. The ending piano movement is breathtaking in it’s simplicity.

“Changes” is both a metaphor for the album itself, which is a re-imagining of Vitals, featuring reworks and remixes by band members and other producers, and an ode to feeling misunderstood amid life’s ever-changing landscape.  The lyrics are poetic: “I’m just suffering from changes, locked outside for good. Paper cut by turning pages, sitting under dust ’cause I’m not understood.

It’s interesting that MUTEMATH alludes to cemetery imagery in the song, given New Orleans’ iconic burial grounds: “Monuments blush, while rising in the ashes and dust horizon. I can hear pallid choirs sing, from their headstone hymnals now.”

Take a listen to this masterpiece:

MUTEMATH formed in 2002 and, as with many bands, has undergone personnel changes since then. The band now consists of band frontman Paul Meany (lead vocals, keyboards), Darren King (drums), Roy Mitchell-Cardenes (bass) and Todd Gummerman (lead guitar).


If you aren’t already, follow MUTEMATH on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to their YouTube channel. “Changes” – both the single and new album – are available for purchase on itunes and all other online music purchase sites.

EP Review: COUNCIL – “Rust to Gold”

The charismatic new band COUNCIL plays a dynamic style of alternative pop/rock that’s radio-friendly, yet still edgy. Hailing from rural upstate New York, the band consists of three handsome brothers – Patrick, Doug and Andy Reeves.  Patrick (bass and lead vocals) and Doug (drums) are twins, and Andy (guitar) is a year younger. The guys are farmers by day, but spend their evenings working on their passion for making music. They’ve recently gained both local and national attention for their high-energy performances, including numerous successful shows in New York City, and opening for bands like The All American Rejects and The Kooks. The guys hope to someday be the headliner band.

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They’ve just finished their debut EP, Rust To Gold, under the guidance and assistance of Grammy nominated producer Justin Gray (who’s worked with Mariah Carey & John Legend), 10-time Grammy nominated mixer Mark Needham (Imagine Dragons, The Killers) and mastering legend Howie Weinberg (U2, Nirvana).  The result is a well-crafted EP with a polished sound, and Needham’s influence is strongly evident, as COUNCIL’s songs have a noticeable Imagine Dragons vibe.

Rust to Gold features three anthemic songs, characterized by strong percussion, sweeping orchestration and soaring harmonic choruses. While they all have catchy melodies, their lyrics are quite compelling – sometimes intensely so. The title track “Rust to Gold” is a gorgeous rock song about finding your own truth in the world and holding on to what’s important.

There is something you should know, I’d die before I’d let you go. I work my fingers to the bone to follow the light of this. All the things that we’ve been told, we will never let them go. All the dreams from rust to gold, we will never let them beat us.

The powerful “All For You” is an emotional expression of regret and sorrow over the pain caused to a loved one, while pledging undying love and devotion. The lyrics are poetic and deep:

I was doomed from the start, and I held my regrets.  I was covered in dark and I wore it like death.  Still I got a heart that pounds in this chest.  And my closet is full for days. But when your strength is gone, and the lights go grey, I’ll sing your favorite song. I’ll be your hit parade. With every breath I’ve blown I’ve failed a million ways. And everything I own I tore to pieces.

The track calls to mind Imagine Dragon’s massive hit “Demons.” Here’s a short video of a live performance.

Rise Above It All” is a beautiful, extremely moving declaration of strength and determination to overcome life’s hardships and challenges.

For every time I’ve fallen down. For every wall that keeps us bound. For everyone we’ve beaten to the ground, and watched them fade away. For every wrong I couldn’t right. For every sleepless night I hoped and dreamed. For every one, everywhere, every cross I couldn’t bear to watch you leave. But I will not break when all hope is lost. I will be brave and rise above it all.

All in all, a great debut EP for three talented guys with a bright future in music.

Support COUNCIL by following them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, stream their music on Soundcloud or Reverbnation. Rust to Gold may be purchased on iTunes.

Concert Review: COLDPLAY – A Head Full of Dreams Tour

I finally got the long-overdue opportunity to see one of my all-time favorite bands Coldplay in concert on August 21. It was the second night of two concerts they played to a crowd of 80,000 at the legendary Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California, and they didn’t disappoint.  Chris Martin and his band mates Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion put on a tremendously colorful and entertaining show, complete with laser lights, fireworks, confetti and huge floating balls. It was amazing!

There were two opening acts – singers Bishop Briggs and Alessia Cara – who were both awesome, and got the crowd energized before Coldplay took the stage. Bishop Briggs, who was born in the UK, raised in Japan and Hong Kong, and now lives in Los Angeles, sings a rather intense style of bluesy alternative pop-rock with an almost gospel quality. She performed her songs “Wild Horses,” “Pray” and “The Way I Do,” and finished up with an impassioned performance of her excellent torch song “The River,” which is currently #5 on the Billboard Alternative Chart.

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Here’s a video of “The River”:

Next on stage was the 20-year old Canadian singer Alessia Cara, who immediately won me over with her warm, genuine personality, not to mention incredible voice. The only song of hers I was very familiar with was her big 2015 hit “Here,” but I found myself liking all the songs she sang, including “I’m Yours,” “Wild Things,” and her latest single “Scars to Your Beautiful” – of which she gave a tremendously moving performance. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a clear photo of her performance, so this one will have to do.


Here’s a video of Alessia singing “Scars to Your Beautiful”:

Despite the two ladies’ awesome performances, I and all the Coldplay fans were thrilled to see our boys finally take the stage at 9:05. They opened with “A Head Full of Dreams,” and the show took off with a bang, with fireworks and a dazzling light display.

Next up was an uplifting performance of the perennial crowd favorite “Yellow.”

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Coldplay kept the energy flowing as they performed many of their hits, including “The Scientist,” “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” “Viva La Vida,” “Fix You,” “Magic,” “Midnight,” “Adventure of a Lifetime,” and my personal favorite “Clocks,” which I was able to film. The video and audio aren’t too bad, if I must say so myself.

Chris Martin is amiable and charismatic, with the energy of a 20-year old, running up and down the ramp and dancing about the stage. Halfway through the set, they paid tribute to David Bowie with a decent cover of “Heroes.” We were all given plastic wristbands when we entered the stadium, and at various times throughout the concert they would all light up through remote controlled computers, creating an amazing light display throughout the stadium that was truly magical.

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Late into the concert, the band moved to a smaller stage at the north end of the stadium and performed a few songs, including another of my favorites “In My Place” from A Rush of Blood to the Head. We were then treated to a surprise visit by late night talk show host and singer James Corden, who joined Coldplay for a great tribute performance of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” It also happened to be Corden’s birthday, so a cake was presented, to tremendous applause from the audience. What an awesome treat that was!

The band returned to the main stage for the rest of the show, and sang “A Sky Full of Stars,” “Charlie Brown,” “Everglow,” and closed with “Up And Up.” They played for two full hours! Other than for challenges of getting out of the complex because of so many all leaving at the same time, it was a terrific concert experience, and one that I’ll cherish the rest of my days.  I only wish I’d had a seat closer to the stage.

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Song Review: (IAM) WARFACE – “Say My Name”

When I first heard the epic new single “Say My Name” from the UK alternative/electronic rock band (IAM)WARFACE, I was hit by an atomic blast of music greatness. The kind that instantly blows you away, leaving you speechless and covered with goosebumps. I LOVE THIS SONG!

The exhilarating track begins with a snarling guitar riff, then explodes into an inferno of speaker-blowing drums, big synth chords, bombastic bass and thunderous shredded guitars.  Band front man Matt Warneford practically shrieks the opening lyrics, backing himself up with distorted, soaring choruses. He then alternates those high-pitched vocals with smoother but urgent, impassioned phrasing.

The song is four and a half minutes long, yet seems over in an instant – always a sign of an incredible song.  Take a listen, and turn the volume all the way up!

(IAM)WARFACE started out as a solo act by Matt Warface, who wrote and performed all the music, but he realized he needed a back-up band to perform live.  Those band members are Louis Matthews (who plays a guitar/bass hybrid), Matt Whitehead (backing track coordinator and keyboards) and Alex Whibley (drums and percussion). The band name is a metaphor for their style of bombastic high-energy music, and their influences include Muse, Big Black Delta, Nero, Queens of the Stone Age, Tears For Fears, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Black Keys and MGMT.

Follow (IAM)WARFACE on Twitter, like them on Facebook, and subscribe to their YouTube channel. Their awesome music is available for purchase on itunes or streaming on Soundcloud or Spotify.

Album Review: Chris Watkins & Drunk Poets -“Lights All Askew”

There are some singer/songwriters whose music stays with you long after hearing it, drawing you back for another listen. Chris Watkins and his band Drunk Poets make that kind of music, reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Shawn Mullins and Lou Reed – simple, pure and honest, but always with a compelling story. His smooth low-key vocals are incredibly soothing to the ear, yet at the same time quite powerful.  Following up on their superb 2015 album London Can Take It, Watkins/Drunk Poets dropped their latest album Lights All Askew in July 2016, and it’s another work of musical art.  Drunk poetry indeed!


Hailing from Alaska, which he still calls home, Watkins formed his original version of the Drunk Poets band when he was just 16 years old. He has continued performing and recording under the band name Drunk Poets – with various members – throughout the years and up to the present.  (Currently, Drunk Poets consists of Watkins, Eric Cobb and Watkins’ niece, who provides the lovely backing vocals.)  They play a beguiling style of alternative folk-rock that’s primarily acoustic, with awesome guitar and harmonizing vocals.

The beautiful title track “Lights All Askew” is a rather somber ballad with a mesmerizing, repetitive guitar riff and gently crashing cymbals. In his smoldering voice, Watkins sings:

“Bright red and blue, lights all askew in the twilight. The snow on the sidewalk like wool from the December sky. The rumbles of headlights that shimmer in spite of the cold. Black witches burning in purity fires of old.  And the darkness is waiting for thee.”

Watkins told me the song was inspired by the Northern Lights, which he has the pleasure of experiencing in his home state.

My favorite track on the album is “Dark Old Houses,” a captivating song that seems – to me at least – to be about loss and the passage of time.

“Yesterday I saw a flock of geese over the rooftops. With snow on the wing and an auburn sun overhead.  Like businessmen in shoddy suits at a funeral. Running for public office in the rain. Carpenters under the gun. Wrestle hammers from the wall. Shingles shiver in the gust. When the winter comes to call, on dark old houses.”

Musically, the song features a pleasing guitar riff with an undercurrent of gentle violin. I literally had this on repeat a half dozen times while composing this review.

Another personal favorite is the anti-war song “Munich.” I love the lyrics “I never made it to the revolution. The taste of teargas took its toll.” and the chorus “Tell me when the heathens reach the wall; I need some information.”

The other songs on the album – “Lasses and Ladies,” “Cheerleader in Love,” “Looking Glass Life,” “Soldiers and Dogs,” “Ivory Towers,” “Broken Gate” and “Souls Midnight” – are all exceptional.

On a side note, in an interview with heathmusicblogger, Chris stated his very first album purchase was Meet the Beatles, which also happens to be my own very first album purchase. That, plus the fact that he’s a nice guy who’s extremely supportive to his fans and followers, makes him a legend in my book!

Support Chris & Drunk Poets by following him on Twitter, liking him on Facebook, and subscribing to his YouTube channel. His music is available for streaming on Soundcloud or Spotify, or purchase on itunes or Amazon.

Song Review: Neil and Adam – “Everything is Alright”

Neil and Adam are singer/songwriters Neil McCloskey and Adam Hilligardt, who hail from suburban St. Louis, Missouri (my previous home), and are the second St. Louis-based band I’ve featured on this blog.  The two men have worked together musically since high school, and make pleasing folk/rock/pop music that reminds me a bit like that of Gavin DeGraw and John Mayer. Their latest single “Everything is Alright” is an infectiously uplifting song that’s getting a lot of airplay on indie radio stations across the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and elsewhere.

The song’s hopeful lyrics speak to how inner beauty is more important than one’s appearance: “It doesn’t matter what you look like, look like, everything is alright, you’re still an open book. What makes you think he doesn’t want you, want you? Don’t you want to have another look?  What’s it gonna take to get into your heart?”

Musically, the song opens with an assertive drum beat, then Neil’s beautiful, plaintive vocals take over, with a great hook that immediately pulls you in. The strong drum beat continues, propelling the song forward, accompanied by Neil’s deft guitar and Adam’s gentle keyboards that add a lovely undercurrent to the song. The more I listened to “Everything is Alright,” the more I liked it. Take a listen to this gem:

Support Neil and Adam by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter and Soundcloud. You can stream their music on Spotify or purchase it on Googleitunes or Amazon.