BY MARKOS PAPADATOS
APR 8, 2014 IN MUSIC
On April 8, American Idol alum and rock music sensation James Durbin
released his newest album "Celebrate," via his record label,
Durbin co-wrote 10 out of the 11 songs on this collection, displaying
his prowess as a songwriter.
His CD opens with the melodically-stunning "Children Under The
Sun," which is lyrically and sonically captivating. The background
vocals on this tune are pure ear candy. He really paints a picture in
the minds of his listeners with such lyrics as "Along the way I
stopped at the ocean, to swim with the dragons in the concrete water."
It would make a good choice for a future radio single.
It is followed by the lead single "Parachute," whose beat
is slightly reminiscent of Adam Lambert's "Whataya Want From Me."
In the song, the narrator showcases his fearless and vulnerability and
wanting to go back to his former lover after realizing how valuable
that person was to him. "Parachute" was an effective way for
Durbin to present to the world what to expect from his new album.
"You Can't Believe" is heavier than the first two tracks,
but it is a solid and distinct tune, meanwhile "Issues" is
a soothing vocal performance by Durbin that ought to be enjoyed for
its beauty and simplicity, especially since it showcases his versatility
as an artist. "Food For You" is mid-tempo and he nails the
spitfire song "Louder Than a Loaded Gun."
"Live Right Now," the sole track that he did not write for
the album, is an optimistic tune about living for the moment, but by
the time it is over, the listener will be convinced that Durbin wrote
it himself. The acoustic ballad "You're Not Alone" is equally
hopeful and noteworthy.
"Forget It" is a tune that his fans can easily sing-along
to in his live shows, whereas the title cut "Celebrate" has
an ambient vibe to it.
"Real Love" is a slow-paced, yet elegant tune and a quintessential
way for Durbin to conclude his album.
Just as its title says, James Durbin's new album is indeed a "celebration"
of great rock music. There is no sophomore slump on James Durbin's latest
studio album. Particularly impressive about this record is that it has
an organic vibe to it and that it is not overproduced. He is not afraid
to take risks and it is safe to say that these risks have paid off for
him. He is one of the finest male vocalists to come out of the American
Idol competition, and along with Adam Lambert, especially since nobody
can hit higher notes than either of these singers. Fans ought to do
themselves a favor and "celebrate" this record by purchasing
a copy of it. His CD garners an 4.5 out of 5 stars.
For more information on rocker James Durbin and his new album, check
out his official website.
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