I believe that music in these days of craziness is more
important than it ever was before, this panacea that comes from chords, notes
and vocals, is the supreme healer, and the only real truth in our tattered
world. This new album by Christophe Goze
entitled Slow is with ease one of
the fore runners and flag bearers of a new era of music, one that speaks
directly from the heart of the artist to yours, with a passion so delicate, yet
so heartfelt and honest.
This fourteen track release is some of the most beautifully
created music I have heard this year. I must hold the opening piece up as a
fine example of that excellence, it is called Dreams & Promises (with Cathy
Battistessa), the slow tempo, the relaxing but emotive mood is so well
received and enjoyed.
We shall hear more from Cathy
Battistessa later on in the album, but for now I wish to bathe in the
brilliance that is Take Me Home ft Odis Palmer, this is a song that
reminded me in part of Andrew Lloyd Webbers
Music Of The Night at its inception,
and then perhaps into a classic Neil
Diamond creation later on, needless to say here is a ballad that is sublime
in its compositional structure, and those sometimes raspy vocals added a whole
new texture and layer into the production.
There are many tracks that flow like liquid silk into the
heart of my ever eager ears; one that also resonated with me was the chilled
but memorable and reflective Little Boy
Revisited (Remaster), then the
moment for a glance across the room to a beautiful partner, a hint at a
romantic dance can be on the cards through the piece So Beautiful (Revisited),
literally there is so much to enjoy and find here, indeed the phrase, “something
for everyone” is never more true than with this album.
The guitars of Goze, and his added multi-instrumental genius
is well received here, on tracks like the smooth and charming narratives of Love and Ce Que Tu Veux, which if my French is still with me, means Whatever you Want, are but two sublime
examples of that aforementioned statement.
Finally let’s give praise for the vocals of the amazing Cathy Battistesssa who ends this
honestly stunning release with Hero
the extended version, here is a lady that can not only sing, but feels each
note with such a wonderfully sensitive artistic tenderness.
Slow by Christophe Goze is a perfect album for the long summer days ahead,
it shall be a main stay on my poolside playlist. Goze is a crafted artist, his
skill sets, whether it be writing and arranging, producing or playing, are
simply top notch, and Slow is a
release that is both reflective and chilled, and an incredibly easy to listen
to album, one that every good music lover should eat up with utter ease, and be
grateful to have in their collections.