CD REVIEW: Rick Hornyak - Marigold
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/07/2013 - 12:39 AM EST
Artist: Rick Hornyak
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Acoustic Rock, Singer-Songwriter
Sounds Like: Kenny Rogers, Lyle Lovitt, Hank Williams Jr.
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Don't Hide Away, Door to Your Heart, Far From Home
Weakness: Take more vocal risks, more Instrumentation
NEWS FLASH: AUSTIN-BASED SINGER/SONGWRITER GAINS SUCCESS IN AMERICANA & ROOTS RADIO: RICK HORNYAK DEBUTS WITH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM ‘MARIGOLD'
AUSTIN, TX — Americana album "Marigold' has already received success in Internet and terrestrial radio, establishing Austin-based Rick Hornyak as an appreciated singer/songwriter. This record serves as Hornyak's first full-length album and is already receiving airplay on Americana stations and shows across the U.S. and Europe. The album has already spent four weeks in the Top 20 of Roots Music Report's Airplay chart. Hornyak's debut reflects his trying but romantic journey from small town Pennsylvania steelworker to full-time Americana artist. As he reflects in one of the recording’s most popular storytelling tracks, the heartfelt ballad “See This Through,” Hornyak's life reflects the bittersweet American Dream: taking a great risk, working hard and ultimately receiving a big payoff.
The CD kicks things off with “Cigarettes” an upbeat intro piece that serves up classic Americana vibe that delivers slamming pedal steel guitar, driving rhythm, and rich harmonies and hooky melody from Hornyak. Track 2 “Don’t Hide Away” keeps things moving with its rock steady rhythm, impressive solo guitar accents, and classic Americana groove. Track 3 shifts gears up a notch with “Door to Your Heart” a classic guitar driven melody with slamming rhythm, and easy going vocals from Hornyak that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. This CD makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 solid tracks in arrow. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts like Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr. and Lyle Lovitt. The music itself is an amazing blend of modern acoustic folk, with Americana roots with an unmistakable country, bluegrass, and Rocking R&B vibe. The musicianship of all the players involved is equally as impressive. Hornyak brings a slew of impressive session players to the table. You will notice lush layers of instrumentation layered everywhere, from impressive solo guitar licks, well placed harmonies, impressive rythem section and luch harmonies. But the most impressive thing about this CD nesides the amazing Steel Guitar work and impressive songwriting and vocal persona from Hornyak. From upbeat “Door to Your Heart” to rocking “Far from Home” and Right in front of Me” to smooth as silk “Foolish Love” to grooving “Homesick Blues” and See This Through” to heartfelt “Moving On” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with track 11 “The Monkey Song” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s hard to find any solid weaknesses with this CD. There are times I wish Hornyak would let loose and take more vocal risks throught the CD indicating to me a more strong and confident vocal ability - showcasing more with emotions overall. Perhaps more instruments would increase the production value a bit more as well. Things like Accordion, Piano, percussive accents, harmonica, harpsichord, Hammond Organ, Cello, Stand-up Bass, and even Slide Guitar would spice up the production even further, thus making it less repetitive.
From start to finish Marigold by Rick Hornyak is one impressive catalog of music. The music is consistent, uplifting, and extremely entertaining. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece on this entire catalog. The writing and playing abilities of Gallant and company and his band is rock solid. The lyrics are catchy, and the melodies are well crafted ND hooky. Last but not least the songwriting and vocal presence from front Rick Hornyak is world-class. It’s no wonder Hornyak is as popular as he is around the Austin city limits.
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