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CD REVIEW: Scott Beckman - "Somebody Else"
By Gian F - 02/24/2006 - 02:53 AM EST

Artist: Scott Beckman
Album: "Somebody Else"
CD Review: Genre: Adult Alternative
Sounds Like: ?
Technical Grade: 9
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9
Commercial Value: 8
Overall Talent Level: 8
Songwriting Skills: 8
Performance Skill: 8
Best Songs: Who Am I? (Give Me A Sign), Life I Can't Live, Dropped The Ball, Somebody Else
Weakness: ?
CD Review: From Stratford, Ontario Canada comes Scott Beckman, a singer/songwriter/musician whose debut CD of piano based, Rock/Pop repertoire showcases his talent for writing well-structured commercial songs that are easily reminiscent of Billy Joel or Elton John. His opening track, "Who Am I? (Give Me A Sign) ," is the kind of track that would translate well during a live performance as it showcases Scott's vocal range and musicianship, but it's the poignant "Life I Can't Live" that I'm choosing as the most commercial track on this project.

It speaks to the fear and vulnerability that makes love possible...or impossible. It's a song that you can play to someone when you are reluctant about commitment that will get them to understand why...which in some twisted way motivates them even more to commit to you. The sentiment, the lyrics and the vocal arrangements are the selling points which will connect with adults and help this song resonate at radio.

Other notable tracks include the the lovely piano and voice driven "Somebody Else," the punk influenced "Dropped The Ball," a song which somehow manages to conjure up visions of the 70's and 80's while maintaining a modern feel to it.

Good job Scott. I'm sure your science students are thinking that it's Somebody Else when you play your CD, but this review will prove that it's really you.

Advice: You must act immediately in capitalizing on the marketing viability for "Life I Can't Live." James Blunt has created an industry demand for such material. Also seek licensing opportunities in film and television for "Life I Can't Live" and "Somebody Else."


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