KINK Review Grafitti 6
February 7, 2012, 8:42 am
The KINK Community weighs in
Our thanks to Cynthia Orlando for her thoughts on the new Graffiti 6 CD "Colours"Graffiti6
"Colours" is a colorful romp through some great music
it be wrong to admit to not listening to The Black Keys' top-selling "El
Camino" much since Graffiti6's "Colours" came out a couple of
"Colours" is a
fun, energetic collection of richly-textured rock/pop songs that pull from a
lot of different influences, particularly soul. This 6-member London-based band
played in Portland with Augustana last month, and is headed by
singer/songwriter Jamie Scott and producer/songwriter Tommy D (Jay-Z, KT
The outcome of the creative
energies of this dymanic musical duo? Fun, fresh tracks like the opening
"Stone in My Heart" and the equally impressive followup, "Annie
You Save Me."
At times, lead singer
Scott's amazing vocal range approximates a male version of Annie Lennox, or
Maroon 5's lead singer Adam Levine. Comparisons aside, whether he's belting it
out on the lively and engaging "Stare into the Sun" or purring right
along on the smooth, sultry, Motown-inspired
"Calm the Storm," he delivers big time.
Also to be recognized: the
steady, understated backbeat from drummer Leonn Meade, along with Tommy D's
carefully crafted acoustic guitar, on the pensive "Goodbye Geoffrey
Drake." Another standout: "Never
Look Back," a tight musical sprint that resembles psychedelic rock from a
different era. In fact, "Never Look Back" could be as big a hit as
"Free"; gotta love the way Scott laughs while he's singing, and the
hand-clapping in the chorus.
Minor quibbles: "This
Man" rather messes with the momentum built up in the first three tracks.
But, by the time "Free," the current hit single KINK-FM listeners
will quickly recognize, comes on, all is forgiven. Also, while the rest of the
CD invigorates and inspires, the same can't really be said for the title track.
Soft, soothing keyboards,
wonderful vocals and great chord changes on "Over You," the closing
track, are a great captstone. "Over You," as the name implies, is a
breakup song, but don't worry; it's so pretty and sweet, you won't feel bad
listening to it.
Best tracks: "Stone in
My Heart," "Anie You Save Me," "Stare into the Sun"
(the CD's "real" title track), and "Free." Graffiti6 signed
to Capitol Records last year, and this is their first full-length effort.
As of this writing,
"Free," is offered for free on
their website at http://www.graffiti6.com/.
"Free" is a good representation of "Colours," so if
you like it, you'll find much to love about the rest of the release.
Now, where did I put that
"El Camino" CD...
Thanks Cynthia~ Dave Scott