Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Blues, Slop Folk

Sounds Like:  Lou Reed,  Bob Dylan, John Lennon. Rick Danko, James Gang, Traffic

The Good: Impressive songwriting, fascinating snapshot,  amazing vocal feel

The Bad: Visual Art Concept

The Ugly: Nothing to report

The Band: 5 out of 5

The Music: 5 out of 5

The Songs: 5 out of 5

The Vibe: 5 out of 5

The Production: 4 out of 5

The Verdict: 5 out of 5








The Review From Southern Oregon comes Singer/Songwriter Theo Czuk who just released his latest CD (Too Many Shadows) in 2013. Many of you are already aware how fickle this industry is. Right from the start it might be easy to just categorize Czuk as some straight ahead old school pop rocker, and write him off as the newest trending thing in Oregon. It wouldn’t be wise, though. Sure, if you listen to some of his more catchier tunes within this 15 song line-up (Damned if I do) , (Let Me Know) and (Pull Me From the Rubble) that’s the impression one might get. However there is a method to his madness. There are some really good songs on (Too Many Shadows ) that not only have real solid substance but step outside the traditional “flash in the pan” modern-day pop musical boundaries as well. Listen to the title track for example to you will see exactly what I’m talking about. First: Czuk can play and sing like nobody’s business. His voice has an amazing feel and a strong and infectious likeability factor. Second he recruited some really good musicians and production folk for this project as well. Thirdly Czuk has many years of experience. He’s a real journeyman having just moved to the Oregon from Detroit – so what you see is what you get. This man has lived his music. All of the above sure go against the grain of modern “flash in the pan” pop and as a result really open up this classic album. This is not Jason Mraz of Maroon 5, it’s more like classic Lou Reed, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Ash Grunwald, Uriah Heep, Xavier Rudd, Panama Red, Levon Helm, All Kooper, Rick Danko, James Gang, Graham Nash, Delaney and Bonnie & Friends and Traffic. The CD goes full circle covering a wide range of emotional subject matter as well. This enhances the listening experience rather than limit it for me. Czuk knows hoe to write and perform a powerful piece of music, but it’s the combination of all of the above that makes him so deadly. I mean, there is nothing here that really seems all that original or fresh, or that’s already been done before. Perhaps that is why Czuk’s on our players in the first place. Forgive me if I’m talking in circles – but some bands and artists can deliver music that’s pretty straight forward, conservative and painfully simple yet brilliant in scope. Bottom line: they make it look so easy. Furthermore in lieu of the amazing string of songs Czuk has delivered on (Too Many Shadows) it almost feels as if he’s on to something, well special. This latest release from Czuk is a one of a kind CD from a one of a kind artist from a one of a kind generation that’s closely tied to classic slop-folk, blues-rock-soul, but has a more modern light rock sound to it. r


Criticism: Some aspects of the visual arts on the CD package itself are very amateurish and he puts too many cards on the table with respect to his visuals. He needs a better graphic designer and maybe a producer to point his in the right direction insofar as his perception visually. You don’t think that’s an important element when making a first impression on a fan – guess again.


The Bottom Line In the end Theo Czuk will please a wide range of musical personalities in the process. When this album runs its course over one walks away feeling Theo Czuk is truly something special. After doing my research I highly recommend seeing this guy play live as well.

Rupert Jackson edited by Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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