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Vocals on ‘Dynamite Bouquet’ may not appeal to everyone, but album is OK otherwise

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Guy Grogan is one of those musicians that makes a unbiased music reviewer’s job difficult at times.

Reason being is that I have no tangible evidence to point to my opinion here, it just is what it is.

Let it be known, then, that on”Dynamite Bouquet” Grogan’s voice drives me up a fucking wall, but for reasons I can’t put my finger on. It’s worse on some songs more than others, but in the end it’s something I’ve come to accept.

Moving on from that, this album does have several redeeming qualities that are worth hearing. Which, is to say I do think it’s possible to notice some good things.

The third track, “River Like a Cry” starts out mellow with a nice acoustic guitar sound and relaxing vocals. It’s a nice change of pace from the first few up-beat tracks that open up the album and show that Mr. Grogan can switch gears and not lose a step musically.

The guitar solos on each of the songs that have them, too, go in fun directions. The same can be said for the varying intros several of the tracks present. My favorite probably comes on “Pseudo Euphoria.” It’s simple yet seductive and sets the tone for the laid-back feel that blossoms into a memorable rock-pop number, even if the chorus sounds a little off (which may go back to my problem with the vocals.)

promo_3Maybe you’re the type of music fan who doesn’t place high value on good vocals if the instrumentals are particularly strong. That seems to be the case here. I also noticed how after committing to listening to him, his vocals grew on me just a little. I’d be interested to hear how he sounded in person and if he had the same flavor as he does in recorded form.

I’d say in that regard, it’s clear that the producer did the mixing and recording well. There’s not too many moments where you can’t hear one element over another. There’s some tracks where the vocals are louder than the instruments and others where the instruments are a little louder than the vocals, but that may have been done on purpose, I can’t say for sure.

Finally, I did enjoy how the final song on the album “What If I Told You” gets soft as a pillow with just an acoustic guitar and the singer. It’s a touching bit of music that will leave you feeling a bit of euphoria.

Since releasing nine albums to date, Grogan has been compared to artists such  Elliot Smith, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Dinosaur Jr, among others.

I’ll also point out how some people still equate Bob Dylan’s voice to a dying cat’s final screeches, and he’s largely considered one of the world’s greatest songwriters.

Now, I’m not equating Grogan to Dylan, but what I am saying is that music like this is good to hear because it reminds us that it’s impossible to be 100 percent objective in a world of subjectivity. How much you enjoy a song is entirely based on your preconceived notions and feelings, how much you relate to the artist and how you’re feeling at that particular moment, among other varying factors that I can’t even start to list here.

In the end, I would recommend you give Mr. Grogan’s “Dynamite Bouquet” a listen and make a decision on if you like it or not for yourself.

You can find more on Grogan on Bandcamp and ReverbNation.

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