Cltrocks.com Music Review Summary
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Imagine for a moment that Prince was born a white guy with a twangy accent.
I give you Brian Hartzog, a man spilling over with ambition and (as he
calls it) funk and roll. To take the Prince analogy to dizzying heights-
Hartzog wrote all the songs, sang all the vocals, played a majority of
the instruments and engineered the album. He may have burned the CDs himself
with his super-laser-beam-vision, were still waiting for confirmation
What does it sound like? Funk dominated up-tempo rock songs. The lyrical
approach ranges from campy 60s romp (Fast
Girl in a Pretty Car) to a Nashville pro-songwriter form where the
same chorus cleverly means new things with each chapter in the story (Amys
Pros: Where most do it yourselfers slip into a self-enchanting drone
that fails to hypnotize anyone but themselves- Hartzog delivers wild up-tempo
arrangements on song after song. He pulls off a tour de force in the audio
engineering. The album sounds bright, clean and snappy. Again- all things
that you do not expect from a one man show. If youre dead tired
of the rock on the radio, and bored by the rounded soft corners on modern
funk, Brian Hartzog may be the shot in the arm youve been looking
Cons: The melodic vocabulary of the album is, for me, overly theatrical.
The Young Broadway influence is so prevalent that once I actually
walked to the CD changer to see if it hadnt switched to my arch-nemesis:
an unwelcome copy of RENT that lurks in there, somewhere, ready to pounce
when least expected. Maybe its setting the bar too high vocally,
but listening back to back with Jason Hausman- Hartzogs voice feels
exposed, stressed and even amateur.
Artists website: http://www.brianhartzog.com
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