Album: To Kiss To Kill
Label: S3 Records
Sounds Like: ?
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Fixed Stars, Forgiveness, Drums And Tarantula
Gooding, the highly prolific songwriter/musician/composer/guitarist and new resident of Hollywood, California (which is where he belongs) sent me his latest avante garde project that features a more evolved brand of his smorgasbord of musical influences. The entire project is serviceable to the licensing community and it aptly showcases his musical talents and genius.
Unlike previous Gooding projects that are distinctly commercial or geared more toward licensing, this project feels like a happy medium between the two. From the opening track, “Ghost Face (Let’s Ride),” Gooding’s comfort level with what he is doing and what he’s capable of shine through. It’s a coming of age party that we are invited to as a listener.
The bass heavy track “Forgiveness,” showcases his patented funkiness, but it’s the most commercial track, “Fixed Stars,” that resonates as this projects true gem with its stomping drums, melodically sparse keyboards, and chorus refrain of "I keep on waiting for something…I keep on waiting too long…" This track instantly connects with you and makes you think of what you keep on waiting for…we all are waiting for something, and this track will make you aware of what that something is – whether you need a reminder or not.
Other stand-out tracks include the anxiety building “Love Clears The Way,” the up-tempo “Drums And Tarantula,” and the piano and acoustic guitar laced “Mob Mentality.” They, like Gooding, are ready for proper placement.