Bill Madden ~ Samsara's Grip
Date: Saturday, August 06, 2005 @ 07:30:35 UTC

Artist: Bill Madden

CD: Samsara's Grip

Home: California

Style: Folk Rock

Quote: "His guitars and voice are reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s work."

By Stephanie Joudrey

In this somewhat controversial album by Bill Madden, you will find if not excellent music, at least a set of lyrics that will perk up your ears and possible get you talking and thinking once again.

Before you even have a chance to delve into the true charm of Madden’s album, you learn that this is the work of an activist who has been moved by the wave of terrorism and terrorist protection in the United States. His first song and the album’s first single, “Om Tet Set,” is an insightful look at the state of the country. Unlike some other artists, he isn’t calling for the end of war or George Bush, but instead has chosen to take a more subdued role in discussing the war. He talks about sitting and watching and praying.

Other songs such as “World Just Is” and “Consequences Of War” have the same themes and feelings as the opening of this disc. These themes fit perfectly into the sound that Madden’s music takes. His guitars and voice are reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s work.

The entire album isn’t this serious. There are some lighter songs on the album, such as the standout “Masterpiece,” which is about love and believe in someone. Despite the lighter tune though, you can always hear a hint of seriousness in Madden’s voice as he sings. It feels like you are always waiting for the next song to have a stronger message.

The only heavy downfall of Samsara’s Grip is that many of the songs have the same flow and tunes making them run together after a while. There are a few breaks for the listener, but many of them don’t come until further into the album, by that time Madden may have already lost a few listeners. I felt that he should have moved up more powerful songs, such as “Murder,” nearer the beginning of the album to keep listeners on their toes.

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