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Reviews: Bill Madden ~ Gone
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 @ 04:11:21 UTC
Topic: Reviews

Artist: Bill Madden

CD: Gone

Home: California

Style: Folk Rock

Quote: "Although it is mainly a folk record with a rock twist, and Madden’s voice is very original and hard to miss, every few songs he throws a spin into the music that makes your ears really perk up."

By Stephanie Joudrey

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I first heard Bill Madden’s musical styling, so I was surprised when Gone arrived in the mail. I remembered Madden’s political styling from his previous work and was interested to see where he has taken his music this time.

In Gone, Madden has relaxed his grip on harsh political stances. Not to say that there isn’t a message behind the lyrics, but a lot of the album is subtler and feels more personal. Songs such as “Might Have Been," “Friend," and “Awful Good” are nice breaks from the larger meaning behind the political songs. In the end, those breaks make you realize the types of things we are fighting for in the world like love and family.

If you are looking for those songs though, you can easily read the lyrics of “Dangerous Game” or “What In The World” to see what that side of Bill Madden’s mind is thinking now. It’s easy to see that although he isn’t calling for action, Madden wants you to look around and see what is happening in the world. Lyrics like "one day we’re gonna wake up to the damage that we’ve done" and "when behind every righteous act someone’s doin’ us wrong what in the world is goin’ on," are trying to open your eyes to the world we are creating.

I think my favourite thing about this record is that although it is mainly a folk record with a rock twist, and Madden’s voice is very original and hard to miss, every few songs he throws a spin into the music that makes your ears really perk up. I never got too comfortable, because when I thought the album started to get repetitive, it spiced itself up. That is a feat that is hard for many to achieve. “Might Have Been” is a very slow retrospective on that love that you lost, but can’t forget. Whereas “Gone” is dance-y and powerful and a track I can picture being played on top 40 radio. It’s got the type beat you can get addicted to easily. Then four tracks later, “Art Of Being” comes in with a rock twist that surprisingly reminds me of some old Lenny Kravitz tunes.

All in all, Bill Madden has created a pretty solid album in Gone. Even if every song isn’t your cup of tea, I think he has created a diverse enough album to please a wide variety to music lovers.

http://www.billmadden.com










 
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