The English Project, Volume One: Album Review

Chris English, local legend and founder of The English Project blessed us with a copy of the band's debut album. 

 


 

I had such a great time sitting (rather, dancing in my seat) with this album. The recordings are pristine. They sound great in the car, in the cans, and on the monitors.

Chris English leads the band with his drum kit and microphone. The percussion is sure and steady and Chris's vocals are wistful and moving. His bandmates uplift him by matching him in spirit and in skill.

The English Project is: Chris English on Drums/Vocals, Paul McArdle on Guitar, Andres Rivera on Bass, and Dave Solazzo on Keys

The English Project is: Chris English on Drums/Vocals, Paul McArdle on Guitar, Andres Rivera on Bass, and Dave Solazzo on Keys

The album opens with a sly little funk banger called "Four Finger Discount" (feat. Ivan Thompson Jr.) Its soulful melodies and punchy horns set a playful and exciting tone. 

Always smiling.

From there we cruise into the first vocal track of the album, called "Nothing Lasts Forever." which happens to be my favorite song on the record. Every player is given a chance to explore the theme in their own unique and funky ways. "Give your heart to freedom, let the fire burn", sings Chris. I like how you can hear the smile in his voice.

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"Chance to See" (feat. Herb Heins) contains another superb vocal offering. The whole song beams with positivity and hope. It finishes strong with a rousing guitar solo.

"Good to Know" (feat. Marcus mDotCoop and Walter Bunt May) has a catchy hook, some excellent thought-provoking lyricism from mDotCoop, and yet another uplifting vibe to soak in. The sound reminds me of the Audio Influx days, and that is a very good thing.

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"From the Top" is a roller of a track, with persistent drums and loads of interesting textures. The bass sounds fat, and the song provides a nice contrast to the following track. 

The album closes with a song aptly called "Daydream" that is a blissful finish to a really fun and feels-y trip.

I hope you'll add these songs to your Spotify playlist, and I hope you'll go see The English Project live the next chance you get. Thank you for reading and for supporting local live music and art! 

Love,

Gary Wheat

 

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