ARTIST - PAUL MEADOW
EP - FROZEN CHRISTMAS
Alternative Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Trippy Folk
Reed, The The, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, John Lennon.
Impressive songwriting, fascinating
snapshot, up close and personal vocals
More Instrumentation, Production Value
Nothing to report
EP - FROZEN CHRISTMAS RADIO TRAIN
Genre: Alternative Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Trippy Folk
Sounds Like: Lou Reed, The The, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, John Lennon.
The Good: Impressive songwriting, fascinating snapshot, up close and personal vocals
The Bad: More Instrumentation, Production Value
The Ugly: Nothing to report
The Band:3 out of 5
The Music:4 out of 5
The Songs:4 out of 5
The Vibe: 5 out of 5
The Production: 4 out of 5
The Verdict: 3 out of 5
The ReviewIt’s funny how music can change. It’s so malleable; you could hear it in one setting and hate it, vowing to never again let such filth invade your eardrums again. I’m referring to sonic pop by the way. Then, you could hear it at a different time, in a different situation, a different artist and see something in it that you never considered. It’s not just to down to peer pressure, either. You could be listening to a song on repeat in the morning that by night time you can’t stand. Basically, music isn’t just a meal in itself, to really enjoy it you need to be in the right frame of mind, as well as a situation where you can enjoy it. When I turned on Frozen Christmas Radio Train (EP) by Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Paul Meadow I actually did not expect what I heard. I probably wasn’t giving him the best chance for success as I must be honest. Some artists are a bit over the top about their songwriting. It’s just feels as if they are selling something under a false pretence lacking a real and genuine sense of musical inspiration. I mean give me something I can feel! Today it feels like many artists out there are going through the motions and how appropriate none of it provides real inspiration. Where am I going with his? None of the above applies to Paul Meadow and his music. I was sold on him during the first few seconds of “A Frozen Heart.” I might add as I drifted in and out of uncomfortable sleep, hazy static and sporadic bursts of trippy folk music punctuated my dreams I realized this man believes and feels every stroke, every note, every song he played. I played this CD probably 4 times and despite the brutal sludgy of the Brooklyn traffic there was something on many of this 4 track collection that soothed my inner skepticism. On the second listen, slightly more conscious this time, I began to pick out the sounds somewhere between Lou Reed, The The, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and John Lennon. Bending elements of catchy Alternative Rock, sad but true folk and powerful singer-songwriter one can’t help but fall madly in love with songs like (Christmas Alone) and (A Frozen Heart) and (Choo Choo Train). What's more Meadow is an effective singer, arranger and guitarist. This is the perfect CD it relax and drift in and out of sleep with. This is a compliment as Paul Meadow manages to transcends space and time. No matter what state of mind your in all these tracks will make a lasting impression on you. This CD will not go in my “reviewed pile” rather it will go on my I-POD indefinitely. My favorite song is a toss up between “Christmas Alone” and “Radio Waves Goodbye.”
Criticism: As brilliant a writer Meadow is, he needs to bring more instrumentation to the table and find an experienced producer to wrap his head around his music. This would also upgrade his overall mix and subsequent production value. Regardless of the above Meadow let's hop it doesn't change Meadow as an artists or songwriter.
The Bottom Line The mix works and the somewhat dreamy precision and concentrated themes meshed with Meadow’s clairvoyance makes for some top quality music. Like I mentioned I was sold on Meadow during the first few seconds of “A Frozen Heart” and I kept waiting for a blemish or disappointing song to emerge – which never happened through to the end. Paul Meadow is for real. It’s these types of artists that make it all the way to the top of our hearts.
Josef Castro edited by Markus Druery
Indieshark Music Critic