CD REVIEW: George Hrab - "Coelacanth"
By Gian F - 03/17/2004 - 02:11 PM EST
Artist: George Hrab
Genre: Adult Alternative
Sounds Like: XTC
Technical Grade: 7
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8
Commercial Value: 6
Overall Talent Level: 8
Songwriting Skills: 7
Performance Skill: 8
Best Songs: Brainsbodyboth, Lights Out, Think For Your Self, Goodbye
Weakness: Lack of strong/interesting vocals and vocal arrangements
CD Review: There is no denying George Hrab's musical talent. In addition to being a unique and very creative cat, he is an old school musician who plays drums, guitar, bass, and keyboards in addition to writing and singing all of his songs.
As an obvious fan and student of XTC and Zappa's Zombie Woof, he mixes musical styles and influences as effortlessly as a top ranked dee jay mixing records. He aggressively combines funky, soulful, organic, jazzy, bluesy and sometimes ecclectic nuances that can be likened to the early Commodores, George Clinton, and dare I say it...Prince - in terms of their innovativeness; not their commercial appeal.
More of lyricist (philosopher) than a vocalist, George is sharp, thought provoking, witty, and bold. He has a lot to say and the skills to say it all effectively, and in a way that's engaging and entertaining. The project's most commercial songs, "Brainsbodyboth," contains evidence of his artistic cerebral intelligence, but it's on full display in the bluesy "Think For Yourself," which has to be a crowd favorite among his fans who I suspect would much rather experience and access his brillance live than on a CD.
Advice: Performing is your strong point. Keep doing it! All of your successes will come from it.
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