Ed Roman | Letters From High Latitudes | New Music Review

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Submitted by J.J. McCall on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:26 pm

Roman is obviously vocalist is an accomplished singer/songwriter. Each style, each song on this CD expresses something a bit different than the other - a complete moment if you will. To me it’s comparable to looking into then suddenly experiencing what it is to be inside a snapshot of time. Some of the snapshots are silly or laugh-out-loud funny, some serious and passionate. Others are of contentment, exuberance, sadness, reverence. It’s a time capsule of time really. “Letters from High Latitudes” presents 13 timeless gems and gently creates the classic pop musical environment right away with Track 1 “I Told You So” with its strong sarcastic exuberance. This song benefits well from a powerful generation of musicians with similar interests in classic rock but varying tastes still appealing to contemporary pop-rock fans. With a sound ranging from classic rock from the seventies pop served up via a slight Canadian accent Roman serves up a unique sound that translates well to the listener’s world. The next few tracks “Coming My Way,” “World Keeps Coming” and my personal favorite “Roly’s Cottage” present more marketable pieces. Some pieces possess a rocked out late 60’s /70’s mystique. A few notable others are very passionate “In Your Eyes” and a few may stop you in your tracks ”Electric Beauty.” The keys and notes fall smoothly yet so effortlessly and with every second that passes as if these notes and words were meant for each other. The acoustic and slow rhythmic pace of many tracks can quickly shift and change at a moments notice making music somewhat unpredictable in placed. Overall this CD is rich with musical flavors, textures and top tiered playing from all involved. As a singer Roman feels comfortable within his own skin. He clearly possesses an immense amount of talent and a mountain of creativity to share. His vocal and writing skillsets (he’s also an author) are extremely compatible to this style of music. The amazing vocal and songwriting finesse from Roman just brings the whole thing together via his Canadian charm and charisma.Criticism: Roman needs to take it up a notch in the studio (vocally, musically) a present a more sound more compatible with young-mainstream pop music lovers out there without compromising his music. “Letters From High Latitudes” by Ed Roman is truly a highlight release with some incredible moments that portray true grit emotion and will sure to evoke some strong reactions from many. In the end it’s a very impassioned musical experience all around and regardless if you like your music happy, sad, short, sheet, overly synthetic or long I guarantee roman will cause you to feel something powerful. REVERBNATION: http://www.reverbnation.com/edroman