Genre: Folk, Indie Rock,

Sounds like: Jack Johnson, Deathcab for Cutie

The Good Upbeat music

The Bad Lack of vocal personality

The Ugly Nothing to report

The Band 4 out of 5

The Music 5 out of 5

The Songs 3.5 out of 5

The Vibe 4 out of 5

The Production 5 out of 5

The Verdict 4 out of 5





The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from singer, songwriter Brian Lee entitled Moth. Turns out Lee comes to us from the Pacific Northwest territory (Seattle, Washington) His music possesses everything you would expect from an Emerald City artist. His band includes a standard 4 piece line up with Lee himself on lead vocals, Franchot Tone on guitar, bassist, backup vocals, & even engineering & production. Adam Topol playing drums/percussion on six tracks & Dean Butterworth on the drums on four tracks, Grace Laxson on backup vocals & Josh Sarles as guitarist for one song & backup vocalist on three others.


The band is pretty solid across the board possessing intermediate playing abilities. Timing is spot on within the rock & folk driven rhythms. Leeís voice works throughout the CD as he delivers easy going vocal melodies & harmonies delightful to the ear. The music itself sounds a bit like Death Cab for Cutie, & Jack Johnson. If you like those kinds of artists & bands you will enjoy this CD. The music possesses Seattle stigma. The songs predominately acoustic rock with delicate shades of Alternative Rock & Folk. The actual songwriting is clearly above average. My favorite songs on the CD are Track 4 Lady, Moth, & Boys Donít Cry, & 21 Again. The vibe of the music is generally relaxing, & very positive in nature. The production delivers a lot of musical variety with piano, & slide guitar thrown into the mix besides the previously mentioned instruments. Honorable mentions goes out to some some of the of tight slide guitar licks. Other positive aspects include rock solid mix & a good recording quality. The good If your having a good day this CD will make your day even brighter. The bad Leeís not the best singer Iíve ever heard. In fact his voice failed to make a lasting impression on me unlike his music. Overall his timber lacked identifiable distinction. I have to say Lee's voice is the most forgettable thing about this musical experience. The vocals have got to reach out & grab you, for me Leeís voice lacked personality & failed to keep my attention span. The ugly Nothing really to report.


The verdict Moth is a good CD thereís no doubt about it. The songwriting is good, the band is rock solid, the production clearly professional grade. Lee manages to hold his head above water vocally the entire time. Like I said earlier, if your having a good day this CD will only your day even brighter. Fans of easy going Folksy type Pop Rock will love this one no doubt.   

Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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