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Posted on Monday, February 09, 2009 @ 22:10:34 UTC
Artist: Mike Montrey
CD: A Perfect Reality
Home: Spotswood, New Jersey
Quote: "The album has a sturdy classic rock sound that had me thinking of the late keyboardist Brent Mydland, who gave his own unique flavor to the epic music of the Grateful Dead."
By Rachel Sedacca
Mike Montrey has had a busy schedule over the past decade playing with his mulit-genre rock band, " ... water ... " and stepping in with guitar and vocals for The Samples on their 20th anniversary tour. He impressed me with his solo release A Perfect Reality. The album has a sturdy classic rock sound that had me thinking of the late keyboardist Brent Mydland, who gave his own unique flavor to the epic music of the Grateful Dead. I can especially hear this influence in "Take Me Down Mississippi." Montrey is definitely making his own footprint on the music world with his moving and fresh original songs. A successful project throughout and packed with talent.
The standout track, "A Space Inside My Head," had me thinking of carnivals and other fun lightness. It’s an amusing look at the way we sort and sift our thoughts and memories, how some things are found and then hidden away for only our selves.
A broken watch and a wooden spoon
A cardboard box to save some room
Pictures of me, pictures of them
Pictures that dreamed, pictures that bled ...
Montrey’s fresh imagery is especially effective, bringing to light the colorful collections that whirl inside his head.
The pedal steel in "Care for Me Tomorrow" points again to the good ol' rock & roll foundation that this artist builds upon and gets the toes tappin'. Tracks like "Tin Can" wax philosophical about life built in tin cans and the place of politicians, police and priests in the story of life, and drives on with a strong beat and some very well placed horns. "Montana’s Eyes" is an ode to Montana where Montrey explains "I feel the world surround me" with a carefree strut and playful piano that illustrates Big Sky country perfectly.
This debut solo album is a successful accomplishment for Montrey, and I can predict that he is just getting warmed up. With such a positive reception to the new album, I expect we’ll hear more from this artist in the coming years, and I’m looking forward to it.
Artist Website: http://www.mikemontrey.com
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