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Friday, March 30, 2018

For The Sake Of Song artist: Patrick Coman - Tree Of Life - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Tree Of Life, from Patrick Coman and I really like it! Opening with Heartbeat, a rangy, bluesy, somber song Patrick Coman, singer/songwriter/guitarist sets a certain mood. Joined by Peter Parcek on lead guitar, Marco Giovino on drums, Tom West on keys and Joe Klompus on bass, a great opener. Good advice on stripped down rocker, Don't Reach, Coman blends early British, punk, rock, folk and a lot of other sounds to get this really cool sound. A loose but fluid guitar solo by Parcek kicks the track nicely. With a twist of cha cha and a real nice bari guitar solo and cool female vocal harmonies by Abbie Barrett and Kylie Harris. The Judge has a real Johnny Cash spank. Coman's vocals are loose and cool and Parcek's guitar work is perfect. Super! Another track with a cool country rock twang is 9-5ers with a real country style guitar solo and drums ... and get this...tuba (nice job Neal Pawley). One of my favorite tracks on the release is title track, Tree of Life with an underlying country flavor, surreal guitar sounds and nice tom tom style. Excellent! Another cool rocker, Chelsea Street has just the right rock vibe with a solid guitar riff, strong vocals and prominent snare beat up front. This is a great track. An interesting interpretation of Leon Russell's, Magic Mirror with a monotone vocal line is surprisingly refreshing. Changing the melody pretty much in entirety is really a bold move and quite successful with glistening guitar soloing crowning this work. Excellent! Keep My Soul is another strong track with what I can only call lazy vocals which are really effective. Parcek's guitar work does a lot to give the track just the right cohesion and Pawley, Klompus and Giovino are spotless. Wrapping the release is a folksy kind of track, Let It Ring. Basically Coman on vocal and acoustic guitar with basic keyboard backing this spartan track is an excellent closer for an excellent release! 

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