Sean Johnson | Fairy Tales for Fools | Review
Sean Johnson is a singer/songwriter who hails from Kentucky. He has been making quite a name for himself regionally and nationally. He has received critical acclaim from many music critics thus far in his musical career and has developed a strong reputation for his impressive songwriting touch.
“Fairy Tales for Fools” is his latest release and the result though far from a self-indulgent ego trip, rather a moving and elegiac artistic statement from start to finish. This is not your overly predictable Ramon Noodle Folk-Pop-Rock ale artist, in fact Johnson goes much deeper than that. In-fact Johnson could even be classed as a 4 genera artist: Alternative Folk, Pop, Americana and even contemporary Singer/Songwriter. Johnson clearly has way too much precision and clarity to live in the shadows of overly-predictable Pop Rock. Indeed this is clearly evident in songs like “Live to Love You”, “Wake Me” and Jamie” which methodically ups the ante to a very respectable level of catchy musical expression and craftsmanship that transcends typical pigeonholing. The music is also commercially viable with a fresh sound and an entertaining vibe that makes a real connection with the listener. All pieces within this album hold the attentions span of the listener perfectly. In a nutshell this is Bruce Springsteen meets a fresher, more modern day Bob Dylan. However there is an unmistaken southern Americana feel to this record as well. The 11 song line-up comes fully loaded and appeals to many listeners with a wide variety of musical styles.
I would imagine in time we will hear more from this amazing artists in the near future. No doubt Johnson has carved a marketable niche for himself thus far setting himself up for more marketable success down the road. But for now I can honestly say this is one artist that clearly gives you a musical snapshot that is highly original, uplifting and dare I say brilliantly catchy in scope.
Final Rating: 5 Star Rating average. This CD gets 4.0 Stars