Hi Paul, below is your review as it will appear in the October issue
of Colorado's Riff Music Magazine.
By: Bobby Bensley Deal
Album: Simply Demos
Lopez is one of the worlds natural songwriters. With 20 plus
years as a guitar player one day a few months ago he sat down and
thought I should try and write a song. Six months later Lopez has
emerged as a bona fide songwriter with a flair for Pop with a Nashville
proof that you dont need to break the bank to record and produce
an acceptable demo, Lopez records his songs with minimal hardware,
a mic, a pre amp and a DA box for his guitar he runs straight to
the hard drive of his computer to produce the simplest of digital
sound recordings. Far from perfect the results are nonetheless sonically
acceptable for the purpose for which they were produced, which simply
put is to share them with those who might enjoy them. There are
times where the lack of hardware is evident in some overdriven vocal
or guitar levels but given the overall production methods used these
recordings really have been well handled.
a songwriter for everyman the songs of Paul Lopez will draw the
listener in and convey his message with a simplistic and honest
approach. With lyrics that pose simple questions of life, loss and
love the songs are far more mature then the few simple months of
experience would normally warrant.
Lopez will appeal to a wide range of tastes but comparisons to artists
such as Train, Tom Petty, Mellencamp or Paul Lewis of YNOT will
be frequent occurrences in this artists new career. Add to
them a faint hint of James Taylor and Garth Brooks and you would
be right on the mark of this modern day minstrels works.
Lopez has not yet produced an album for retail sale but you can
download or stream six well-polished and enjoyable demos off his
website at http://www.buzzsawmusic.com to hold you over while you
wait for the album. Hopefully the wait wont be long but either
way it is sure to be worth it.
of note on this site include Finally Free the Internet
collaboration between Lopez and Blair Masters and the beautiful
finger picking of Sunset on the Pedernales with its
soft and rich melody reminiscent of James Taylor.
this is an artist with a lot of potential who with the guidance
of a good producer, some solid promotion and a good helping of luck
you will be hearing a lot more about in the not to distant future.
is the single song online review that led to the full magazine review:
© 2002 - Paul Lopez
Paul Lewis of YNOT, Matchbox 20,and the Bare Naked Ladies,
with a touch of Clint Black This would pretty well round up
a short description of the feel of this song. Completely enjoyable
and well-structured folk rock Finally Free is a trip
down a musical nostalgia lane.
by really strong production that separates each sound to a different
section of the stereo spectrum, giving depth and texture to the
sound that is so often absent in Indie productions. This uplifting
little acoustic driven story song will leave listeners tapping their
toes and humming the chorus in no time.
really is nothing new here in the song idea, arrangement or melody.
Simply put Finally Free is truly entertaining music
with a strong commercial appeal. Performed by well-rehearsed talented
musicians this is one that has found a permanent home on my hard
ask that Paul submit me an album that I can review for inclusion
in the Oct. issue of Riff.
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