Gordy Hunt – Seniority
Veteran musician, singer and songwriter, Gordy Hunt, returns to the label where it all began in 1982′ with a brand new record entitled Seniority! The new record brings the listener up to speed on where he gas been, where he is now and points the arrow to show us where he is going with 12 new tracks of original music about life, love and experience. By the end of the record, there will be know doubt, Gordy has earned his seniority as an artist and a musician! As a bonus there are two tracks added from very early in Gordys career that set the tone for his musical journey that was yet to come!
The CD wastes no time with a strong lead off “Looking Forward to Your Love” It’s reminiscent of John Mellencamp, Phil Collins, Joe Cocker, Elton John and Cliff Richard.
The guitar/beat/voice combo are well paired with his songwriting skills makes for a strong culmination of skill sets. Hunt can sing, write and play guitar well. Lyrics and music are very well thought out/put together. I was instantly hooked to keep listening. Subject matter is equally tied to musical setting and delivers well-crafted vocals and emotionally wise. Equal parts heartfelt emotion and soaring moog/synths, Hunt and company paint images in creative, yet relatable ways to the up’s and downs of life. To me the album is about hope and having strong faith thing will work out. It’s evident to the ear that much time has been invested in crafting each song to stand on its own. The overall mix of this album is impressive without outside assistance. It refuses sounds like a bare-bones PC recording, or even a live performance. This contributes to the overall impact of the song. I do however have a few complaints, if they can be called that. This is a CD for a certain type of listening mood.
As I made my way from start to finish, there is a near-extreme tonality that was definitely palpable but unorthodox in nature for the vocals. However as the song moved it was constant and similar in consonance. Bottom Line: I wish the vocals were more explosive and emotional at time – especially on slower numbers. Most certainly Hunt has a knack for crafting imagery and instrumentation to complement his vocal style, which made it so surprising there was such little use of minor and dissonance. Paul McCartney and Joe Cocker are masters at vocal expression (Soft and Hard). It’s shall we say to conservative and as one some songs break the 6 minute barrier – true to form Jam Band style. I found myself painfully longing for something else to happen some movements. Not a bad thing, but based on the solidness of the song textures, I was expecting much more chordal variety. Come to think of it I really didn’t get hit by any really hard beats, though the playing is up to par. I wish there was low end frequencies on this record. Though not overly distracting, all voices are likeable but didn’t completely fit with the rest of the song and strengths. Getting some vocal lessons wouldn’t hurt at all. None of these songs would make it on the radio today, however it’s not a stretch they would get played 30+ years ago. Some of the above impacts the CD’s overall marketability.
Overall, this is a very impressive release by Gordy Hunt and it was an absolute pleasure to get into his mindset and listen to. It will hold a place in my fascinating and hopeful play list when I really need it. My favorite tracks are the title track, Love Circus, Out of Love With You and Michigan Love. Gordy Hunt is a master at bringing together all the flavors of many different musical styles and genres. He is armed with great writing, a brilliant creative mindset. His music is highly original and will no doubt evolve over time into something truly groundbreaking.
Final Rating: 3/5