CD REVIEW: Trevor Justice - "Live Without Fear"
By Gian F - 09/04/2006 - 02:27 PM EDT
Artist: Trevor Justice
Album: "Live Without Fear"
Genre: Adult Alternative
Sounds Like: ?
Technical Grade: 10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10
Commercial Value: 8
Overall Talent Level: 9
Songwriting Skills: 9
Performance Skill: 9
Best Songs: Six Months To Live, Sunshine, Fortress, A New Life, Give Thanks (Rusty Ragged Man)
Weakness: Lacks vocal range and agility
CD Review: Trevor Justice, a San Francisco Bay Area Singer/Songwriter/Musician, brings a unique blend of organic earthiness to his songs that are subtly soulful and progressively musical. His songwriting stylistically parallels the quality and depth of easy listening Rock classics by bands from the 70s which were characterized by full arrangements and substantive lyrics.
His most commercial song, the uptempo and radio-friendly "Sunshine," will evoke visions of the Partridge family when you hear the plush, well-placed harmonies. It's a feel-good, sing-a-along track that's instantly accessible and memorable. Trevor abruptly switches gears for effect on the Diane Warren flavored, "Fortress," a track co-written by songwriting stalwart, Andre Pessis, which is the kind of song that conjures up memories of a song you've heard before...but you just can't remember what it was called - but you like it non-the-less.
It becomes clear that Trevor goes through life as a sponge; absorbing experiences and interpreting them cathartically as evidenced on " Who Will Rescue The Earth And Sky," which pick picks up (production wise) where "Sunshine" leaves off. His most compelling and aggressive track, the thought provoking "Six Months To Live," (from which the title of the CD comes) is the kind of song that listeners would request after only hearing it once. It's a song, a statement, and a question all wrapped into one. In a full display of his songwriting talent, Trevor delivers the Country flavored, "A New Life Life" and the introspective, "Give Thanks (Rusty Ragged Man)" which round out this excellent showcase.
With songwriting talent like his, he can truly Live Without Fear of whether or not he can make it in the music industry because he already has...
Advice: Promote your project. Promote your songs. Promote your songwriting talent. Promotion is the key for you right now. Many of your songs sound like they are inherently yours, but others (Fortress, A New Life, So I Believed) would suit others very nicely.
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