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CD REVIEW: Bryan Gorsira - So Far

By: Cyrus Rhodes

 

"personifies the Human Condition"

 

"amazing"

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Artist: Bryan Gorsira

CD: So Far

Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://www.bgorsira.com

Genre: Rock, Americana, Folk

Sounds Like: Don Henley, Don McLean, Bread

Technical Grade: 10/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Give me a Day, Hello-Reprise, Carry Me. New World,

Weakness: None.

CD REVIEW:  

 

Acoustic singer/Songwriter Bryan Gorsira hails from Virginia & releases his latest CD entitled So Far in 2010. This is his sophomore release.

 

The CD kicks things off with “Searching“ a gentile intro piece complete with delicate acoustic guitar groove with well placed keyboard accents & impressive vocal presence from Gorsira. This first track is like a warm welcoming mat. Track 2 “Give Me a Day” delivers an upbeat acoustical melody that’s serves up well placed percussive accents, Spanish-type guitar virtuoso & a grand slam chorus that flows & ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Hello Reprise” delvers another passionate ballad  from Gorsira with its alternative rock vibe, well placed piano & impressive vocals accents from Gorsira. The CD makes quit an impression hitting solid stride serving up several amazing gems in a row. As this CD slowly unfolds its obvious Gorsira's music has a lot to offer with world class songwriting, amazing vocal persona. It has all the trademarks of world class acoustic folk/rock with its powerful highs, thought provoking wisdom, & emotional subject matter. This catalogue is packed with amazing honesty, always striking & powerful, yet fully entertained all at the same time. This CD flows extremely well song for song with musical textures reminiscent of classic Don Henley, Marc Cohen, Bread, & Don McLean. Each piece is a short and sweet musical experience holding your attention span perfectly. The musical textures are amazing. Besides the standard 4 piece delivery you will notice things like Hammond Organ, slamming harmonica, strings, fiddles, Saxophone, percussive accents layered within the music, piano, Spanish-type guitars, flutes & classic saloon style piano & amazing vocal harmonies to boot. The musicianship of all the players involved is solid across the board & conservative. Gorsira's vocal style works extremely well song for song as he also takes several risks throughout the CD indicating to me a strong & confident vocal ability. Gorsira is never afraid to shy away from the naked truth & makes the critical (singer to listener) connection with his vocals.  Here you will touched by his vocal presence and amazing messages of life, love & the pursuit of happiness. These amazing ballads let it all hang out emotionally serving up passionate vocals and amazing subject matter. He possesses passion, & a vocal swagger that goes down smooth, & simply refuses to try too hard. From epic “Stepchild” to passionate “The Best Years” & “ Something Right” to powerful “New World” &”Another Old Day” to rocking “Carry Me Away” & “Love is Pain & solitary “Ramble” there is something here for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 14 ”Wash Me” the perfect finale piece for a catalogue such as this.  

 

It’s hard to final any noticeable weaknesses with this musical production This paragraph is dedicated to weaknesses associated with the musical production. As you can see I have nothing to report.

 

Overall “So Far” from Bryan Gorsira is an amazing musical statement from start to finish. Its strong suit is the amazing amount of musical diversity emotional depth, superb songwriting craft, solid musicianship, & passionate vocal presence form Gorsira. Gorsira touches all the subject matter & emotions not only in his writing, but with his vocal presence. Pound for Pound “So Far” has no weaknesses & is an honest, striking, & very uplifting musical statement filled with messages of hope, wisdom, & the love of life itself. “So Far” personifies the Human Condition & doesn’t let you forget the many amazing miracles found along its path.

 

Cyrus Rhodes

 

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