REEVOLUTION OF IAN GREY [REVIEW]

I must say this is one of the most solid, independent projects I’ve heard all year. The soulful, neosoul feel of the mixtape is like sweet cognac on a cold day. The vocal production of Anatural paired with the songwriting of Ian Grey proves again to be outstanding. The first song I heard off this album was Paranoid  and the runs Ian did at the end had me hooked, I couldn’t wait for the project to actually come out. I’ve listened for weeks before I realized I began singing the songs to myself.

Talks In The Dark and Dark Side are more sultry and mesmerizing. He exudes emotion through his vocal ability, which is heavily coated with gospel runs and jazzy scats and ad-libs, but his songwriting is transcendent.Go gave me life immediately, Ian proves he is no stranger to the pop-like sound. Devil In a Green Dress,  is so hip hop based, but sang in a powerful cadence. Reevolution/Evolution opened up with Stevie Nicks-like chords and a steady beat that gave him vocal freedom to go in!

Initially, I didn’t like Numb, but then I began to listen to how his voice carelessly and effortlessly rode the melody. It became more colorful than anything! The acoustic vamp at the end is stellar. Victim, is a dope ode to the “ladies that like to play the victim” it has an reggae feel to it, and the harmonies are like honey.  This would definitely be used to close the party! Murder Murder, see I’m already singing it!

It’s Time To Go To Work, I love the way Ian slowly attacks the hard hitting track that he’s singing over. His falsetto is so clean that it makes listening so much easier. New One$ is a great song, the writing is above par. It’s also honest. You can close your eyes and hear the sincerity in his voice when he says, “The new ones got my heart, but my old one still got it.”   Gotta respect that coming from a man.

Firestarters!!!! I love this song, the sound of nature, the lyrics, and the teamwork the song is talking about. We are fire starters baby. I love that .

Microscope is the best way to close this album. As we evolved with Ian Grey through his musical journey, it’s safe to say that this is a SOLID PROJECT! I give this 5 stars! Vocally,  musically, and lyrically innovative. He has captured a new, eclectic sound that embodies all it is to be the supremely talented Ian Grey.

Happy belated birthday and much continued success!

BiBi

Ranking: 5 STARS

 

 

 

Ian Grey- ReEvolution

Civilizations begin and crumble because of it. Wars are fought for the necessity of it. Lives are lost, love is found. All these are products of one of the simplest concepts yet ultimately needed aspects of life: Revolution. More closely, the music industry itself is in the process of a revolution. Lyrics, sounds, and messages are evolving, and in the artists’ favor. With more and more artists baring their souls in a way that the industry isn’t used to, the time is ripe for an artist like Ian Grey to emerge…
…or shall we say…re-emerge.
Last year, under the moniker “Imagine”, Ian Grey released his first mixtape entitled Strangers to rave reviews from fans and the internet alike. Ian calls it his introduction to the world and way for “strangers” to get acquainted with his sound. Influenced by Coldplay, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West, Ian set out to give his serving of R&B with a twist of indie, pop, hip-hop, and alternative styles.
But as time has told, and our world has shone, Ian couldn’t stay in the same place. Ever growing and maturing, he began his own musical revolution and embarked on his newest release, The Re-evolution. A new collection of what Ian calls “cinematic” music, this project is more personal, more political, and more intense than his former project. Songs like “Time For Work” detail the struggles of any gifted individual fighting against the expected 9-5 grind, while “Fire-starters” is one of his most sensual offerings where he tells his love that not even water can put out their flames. But on the opposite side of love, Ian talks about the hardships that most relationships go through in the lead single, “Paranoid”, telling his girl that trust is necessary now before it’s too late.
Download the project now for FREE at: Iangrey.Bandcamp.com
In the sense of re-evolving, Ian has revisited his past successes as a new independent artist, learning from his triumphs as well as mistakes in order to grow musically and become more prevalent in today’s indie artist landscape. With more shows to come, the release of The Re-evolution is sure to make it’s undeniable mark with not only his listeners, but with all seekers of change, evolution, and love.