Year : 2013
Genre : Pop, Soft Rock
Label : Independent
Origin : United States
Official site : > - here - <
The guy under the classy hat is Phil Stoodley, and his niche of expertise is massively soft rock influenced roadway pop, reflected through a nice, diverse variety of modal tints and emotional demeanors. The music, though polite throughout, reveals a keen affection towards exquisite harmonic passages that serve as trusty backdrops for an adept mixed voice register reminiscent of the overall CLEAN timber of Brian Adams, minus the semi-artificial grit of said notability with which he sounds to garner undeniable emotional effect with. Stoodley is more natural, and is comfortable with showing it. Read on to know more about his full length sonic declaration, "No Surprise".
One thing of many that characterizes the LP as a whole experience, is the concise structure of its tracks. Stoodley, thank God & Co., does not seek to prolong a given audio idea beyond its natural charisma levels, while shows considerable compositional talent at complementing the realized sonic anatomies with varied degrees of due and proper intensity. The production values, hilariously enough, are deliberately and invitingly beefy, - pleasant and comfy to soak some ears into - and the respective fabrics are practically crowded with sounds. I already have stroke up a Brian Adams correlation, and, if the great 1994 song "Mr. Jones" by the band Counting Crows is a track that meets your modal calibration, then this particular LP is once again a safe recommendation for you. (Have you ever seen the dance performed by the Counting Crows lead singer in the official video clip of the song I have mentioned? Ladies and miserable gents, if you did not yet saw the sight, then take heed and bear witness to my advice : DON'T.)
The disc, as a whole experience, willingly submits to the timeless charms of operating on advanced level bonfire skills, situated in pretty meticulously designed environments. For an example of how rich the soundscapes can be on the disc, check out the ingredient bank of the track called "She Sings" : you will pick up on eloquently realized orchestras hiding modestly in the background, etc. If I'd have one thing to whine about, then it would be the lack of a female backing vocal presence. But, what the hell, get a woman, put her in a car, and make her deliver the backing vocals live. Maybe that was Stoodley's latent agenda, and, if it is so, isn't he right?
The disc has quite a few melodically/harmonically clever hooks in it, and the segments with an abundant amount of sounds parked in them are coming to you as still-highlights that render a tremendous service to the ears. These are the traits that invite the subconscious mind to revisit a piece, as there is a lot more going on than what the tracks could live quite OK with. It is noticeable that Stoodley put quite a bit of effort into making the anatomies richly detailed, while maintaining a beneficial touch with the sordid and OH!, so useful think called a limitation. Without limitations, there is no such thing as a structure. And structure is good, otherwise women wouldn't have it.
As noted, the disc radiates a mood from which a sight of morose and (not arrogantly) hopeful are equally observable, and the most sympathetic attribute I personally pick up on the delivery is an utter and complete AND highly beneficial lack of artistic arrogance. Stoodley does not expect you to be immersed in the same moods he reveals on the LP, he really does not even try to make you conform to what is on display. You simply become grateful for the soulfully realized reflections due to their crystal clarity, as they do not seek to re-calibrate you, they seek to entertain. This very agenda, if revealed successfully, should be more than sufficient. A safe recommendation for the fans of relatively restrained, yet soulful soft rock/pop, and a damn decent candidate to exercise nighttime driving for. Someone donate me a car for that, please? Or a female driver? OK, just the driver. Please?
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