|Dan Reed - 'Signal Fire' (Zero One Entertainment)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Monday, 18 February 2013 02:30|
'Signal Fire' is the second solo release from one of Portland. Oregon's finest sons, Mr. Dan Reed, a man who has achieved admiration and respect since his early days in the late 1980s fronting the global sensation and multi-selling funk rock outfit The Dan Reed Network.
Title track 'Signal Fire' has the most brilliant song structure and what a grand way to open up this release with this uptempo hooky tune - the catchiness is all over this particular mutha. Just check out the unique vocal performance on the uber-catchy composition that is 'All I Need Is You', the acoustic balladry of 'Only Love', another song filled with happiness and obvious enjoyment, and not to mention another hook-laden, laid back gem of a tune.
A countrified feel and sound crops up throughout the collection on such numbers as 'Sing To Me' and 'Soul Warrior', with a great acoustic groove and another slice of perfection on the chorus; this is Dan Reed after all. 'End Of The World' offers up a perfect musical balance of mellowness and songwriting finesse and those dreamy vocal tones that most vocalists would die for.
All of Dan Reed's life experiences and refined musical knowledge have helped mould this beautiful collection of songs beyond the point of just music; there's definitely a spiritual vibe all over this album which makes it even more enthralling, and that spiritual feel is evident on the super commercial 'Last Leaf' and the chanty, infectious grooves of 'Avalanche', with a certain retro feel, especially at times on 'Slow Down', but it's the slower paced tunes such as 'Beloved' and 'All Night' that shine magnificently, stand out here and ooze out intelligent musicianship and a wonderful studio production of note courtesy of Dan and Steve Daiker.
Then there's 'Indestructible', a mood-filled piano piece that flows so creatively amidst the soft vocal harmonies and instrumental harmonies, whilst the album closes with 'Drive On' and more beautifully crafted song arrangements.
'Signal Fire' is an impressive, soulful and philisophical view on society today expressed through the musical vision of Dan Reed. Moments of uplifting glee.