Artist: Ed Roman
Album: Red Roman
|I am Love:
|The Way She Goes:
|You Think I’m Just a Fool:
|Clone the sheep:
|Nothing more to say:|
|Lay One Down:|
|I Wanna Be Free:
|I am Love (Extended mix)
This could very well be the last album this reviewer will listen to in 2016 and I was hoping that it would be memorable and I was not disappointed. The album opener starts off with wild Neil Fallonesque energetic vocals ripping across country chords mixed up with some good old’ rock ‘n’ roll tunes that segue into the second track
Tough Cookie is in accordance with the laws of High Fidelity’s Rob and his view on music album song sequences. This is the second strongest entrant on this album with youthful ebullience, simple chord play, and Canadian charm that shows warmth and restraint.
The third track is more of the same interesting mashup of genres. This Canadian rocker is tough to pin down he glides across rock, country, and pop with ease and grace.
I am Love:
“Be a messenger” exhorts Ed and we have to agree, he actually has the potential to be a singer who can launch a revolution with anthems like this one.
The Way She Goes:
More pensive like a Ron Padgett poem compared to William O’Hara style that greeted us in the beginning. This song invites us into the album slowly and opens up to the next track
You Think I’m a Fool:
Polyphonic vocals submerge the listener in “You Think I’m a Fool” which is a fairly decent interlude on this album before prepping us for the second half that surpasses the first.
This song is more inward, low key and thematically represents a shift in the mood in contrast to the energy of the earlier songs.
Clone the Sheep:
This song stuck out like a sore thumb on an otherwise tightly knit album but it’s an interesting detour. The thing about Ed Roman is even when he fails his failures are interesting enough.
Eta made me feel sad and happy and the song has got this basic chord play that somehow manages to resonate long after the album is over.
Nothing more to say:
The lyrics turn mournful and almost melancholic and represents a sort of setting of the sun for the album with the guitar work toned down and soothing.
Lay one down:
This song is an earworm and it keeps the vibe going and at times it feels a bit rough around the edges in terms of production but nevertheless it is a good addition.
I wanna be free:
is more of the blistering rock and roll meets pop meets country song that dominates much of the album but as a definitive closing track has all the markings of an almost stadium rock anthem.
I am Love:
The extended cut felt unnecessary but the charm and sincerity are easy to spot and I did not mind listening to it and enjoying the bits that got edited out on take one. Overall a warm album and a welcome entry to this year.
Picks of the album: Tough Cookie, Red Omen, The Wolfman, I am Love, Lay One Down, and Eta