CD REVIEW: Grayson Wray - 'Picasso's Dream'
By Steve Allat - 03/16/2004 - 03:02 PM EST
Artist: Grayson Wray
Album: 'Picasso's Dream'
For Fans Of:: Beatles, Donovan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Radiohead
Fav Track: There You Were, Pure Delight, Agent 23, Heaven's the Place.
It's not often that a CD captures my interest from the first few moments, but this one did. And, even more surprisingly, it held my interest throughout.
Grayson Way, serving up his second CD (last year's 'Road To Paradise was very well received) has almost single-handedly delivered one of the most impressive CD's I've heard in a long time.
He's taken a lot of familiar sounds and styles and truly morphed them into a sound that is uniquely his own. While influences can definitely be heard - from the Beatle-esque harmonies and layering of different instruments to the 60's guitar sounds - they are never stale regurgitations of licks we already know.
Instead, Grayson has done what a true artist should do - boldly go where no one has gone before!
His music is fun, happy, upbeat and delightfully his own. You can't help but smile while listening, and after a few listens you will be humming along. This CD is a great escape from the doldrums of today's standard rock & pop radio. Each song is a piece of art unto itself - a short two to four minutes, brilliantly written, played, recorded and produced pice of art. And most importantly, the songs flow together from one to the next, carrying you dreamily along. It's an easy ride.
I believe all that Grayson has to do is keep promoting himself and then we'll all be hearing more of him. In the meantime, I highly recommend you check him out.
This CD will be hanging around in my CD collection for some time - a rarity.
Website: Impressive Music Homepage
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