EP REVIEW: Paul Meadow - Frozen Christmas Radio Train (EP)
By Cyrus Rhodes - 11/18/2013 - 11:47 AM EST
Artist: Paul Meadow
Album: Frozen Christmas Radio Train
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Adult Alternative
Sounds Like: Blind Melon, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, John Lennon
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 4/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Christmas Alone
Weakness: Mix, Depressing and Melancholy Christmas EP
Brooklyn based Singer/Songwriter Paul Meadow just released Frozen Christmas Radio Train (EP) in December 2013 just in time for Christmas.
The EP gently takes flight with “A Frozen Heart’ a soothing acoustic lullaby that gradually builds into a passionate rock ballad complete with catchy vocal melody and a grand slam chorus. This intro track sets the tone rather well for this CD, with it’s feel good groove and passionate musical vibe. Track 2 “Christmas Alone” dishes out yet another impressive track with its steady flowing rock rhythm, and heartfelt vocal melody from Meadow and infectious persona. Track 3 “Radio Waves Goodbye” serves up yet another interesting track with hypnotic lyrical content, strong melodies and impressive vocal flair again from Meadow. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Jack Johnson, Blind Mellon, Counting Crows, and even a dash of Bob Dylan to John Lennon. I would classify this music as acoustic alt rock, with a slight aftertaste of alternative folk and sadcore. The songs themselves are addictive, and interesting, complete with passionate and powerful subject matter. The musicianship of this band is pretty solid across the board. The players themselves write & play there parts extremely well. Besides the 4 piece standard you will also notice things like impressive solo guitar, organ, well placed drums and percussive accents, and lush harmonies layered along the way. Equally as impressive is the vocal presence of Meadow takes many vocal risks throughout the CD indicating to me a strong, confident and infectious vocal ability. His voice sounds in the vein of Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon) and David Bowie. All songs are short and sweet musical experiences, never too winded, never to short. The EP Ends with Track 4 “Choo Choo Train” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
Though adequate - this mix is a bit all over the place and off kilter. Drums sound awkward. Some of the vocal harmonies need to be tightened up a bit. There is no release date anywhere on the package and Cover art is a bit awkward – all a bit unorthodox. This is not the most festive Christmas EP I’ve ever heard. This is not Josh Groben. However if Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon released a Christmas EP it would probably sound a lot like this, and people loved him for who he was. Overall it’s a bit depressing and melancholy and will get you some awkward glances around a Christmas family gathering.
In close Frozen Christmas Radio Train by Paul Meadow is a highly original and compelling musical production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – its amazing vocal presence from Meadow. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate, and somewhat powerful and very real. The songs are short and sweet musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, & signature groove. Last but not least Paul Meadow has an amazing voice and Is an extremely capable songwriter.
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