CD REVIEW: David Gelman - All Roads Lead Here
By Cyrus Rhodes - 05/11/2011 - 11:01 PM EDT
Artist: David Gelman
Album: All Roads Lead Here
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: A mix of country, pop, & adult contemporary
Sounds Like: Seals & Crofts, Cat Stevens, Crosby Stills & Nash
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Falling out of Love, Mosaic,Losing You
Weakness: Winded Songs. Lackluster Vocal Passion
New York’s own David Gelman releases his debut solo album entitled All Roads Lead Here in 2011.
The CD kicks things off with “Take Me Home” a melancholy intro piece that serves up steady folksy-type rhythms accompanied by inviting fiddles & a slow moving Americana groove. Track 2 “Looking Back” shifts gears a bit with soothing celtic ballad that is sincere as much as it is genuine & passionate. Track 3 “Mosaic” delivers a heartfelt vocal delivery from Gelman with impressive piano, well placed harmonies & earthy type musical feel that flows & Ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition - thus making for one of the strongest songs on the catalog. As the CD slowly unfolds you will notice a lot of musical variety from Gelman & company. First this music itself has a lot of emotional peak & valleys to it. Many songs possess a very carefree & uplifting spirit while a few offer up a very honest assessment of the truth. The CD offers a rich melodic vocal foundation, & lush layers of instrumentation. I would classify this music as classic Acoustic Folk & Americana. Besides the standard 4 piece delivery you will also notice brief splashes of violin, piano, harmonica, mandolin, Lap Steel, percussive accents, delightful strings & lush harmonies layered everywhere. All in all the CD has some truly impressive moments on it showcasing musical influences of the likes of classic Cat Stevens, Seals & Crofts, John Denver & even brief splashes of Crosby Stills & Nash & even Randy Newman. Gelman’s vocal abilities work well across the board as it fits this style of music quite well. From heartfelt “Falling out of Love” & “I’ll Always be Around” to passionate “I Get High” to rocking “City Streets” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Losing You the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s hard to find any solid weaknesses with this CD. It’s fair to say Gelman doesn’t have a world class Baritone – though he does manage to pull it off I sure wish Gelman displayed more raw emotion & passion especially during some of the finale moments of his music. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line as well.
In close All Roads Lead Here from Steve Gelman is a strong musical production from start to finish. The music is highly original, extremely catchy, & will lift your spirits without even trying. As the CD progressed I became more and more impressed with it. The musicianship is first rate, the songs are short & sweet musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, & signature groove. Last but not least my hats off to Mr. David Gelman who will touch you with his heartfelt songs, & lift your spirits with his delightful wisdom.
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