b.d. Gottfried Album Review
I’ve had this album for about a month now, and really struggled with putting together a meaningful review. At the end of the day, I am not going to profess that I achieved creating something meaningful – but at this point in time, it’s all that I’ve got…
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Over the past decade or so, Thematic rock seems to have disappeared from the rock music landscape. Every once in awhile I stumble across an album from the genre which catches my fancy, but sadly that rarely translates into market success.
As I listened to the distinctive new release, Motion Fever, from b.d. Gottfried, I had that same familiar feeling that I recently felt with Wolf Gang’s excellent 2014 offering Alveron – a creative album, but one that pushed boundaries that I feared the music buying public was not going to embrace. Sure enough, the album sales floundered, and a year later, the band has called it quits.
Don’t get me wrong, this artist is quite different from Wolf Gang, and they probably appeal to a very disparate audience, but still…
That being said, let’s get to the album. I like it, and savor the fact that it is so refreshingly distinctive and different than almost anything flooding today’s music scene. Bill Gottfried has a lengthy rock music resume and one that has intersected with a diverse range of musicians and band members from Uriah Heep, April Wine, Foghat and David Gilmour, and on Motion Fever, we see those influences, and many others nicely meld into an intriguing album.
On Motion Fever, we hear lush arrangements, fantastic production and stylistic distinctive vocals. It’s truly an artful creation with plenty of shining moments.
Each song is crafted meticulously and drenched in clever arrangements. “Between The Blades” the first track on the album, reminded me of Rush; it’s clearly not Rush but the stylistic rocker boasts plenty of similarities. On the other end of the spectrum, the very next song, “Sociopathic Traffic” is a slice of rock opera. The two songs offer a nice glimpse of the diversity throughout the album. As I listened to the full album, memories of various other rock artists washed across my conscious: Styx, Renaissance, Thorns, Toto, … you get the idea.
I’ll admit that I feel like a bit of a hypocrite. I’m always desperate for diverse different offerings. Motion Fever is ‘diverse’ and ‘different’ manifested, but there’s actually too much diversity on the album for my liking. It’s an hour of often compelling music, but it’s a bit all over the place and sometimes just a bit too much.
The bottom line is that b.d. Gottfried’s creation deserves a test drive. The musicianship is excellent, the songs are interesting, and the production top notch. Take it for a spin; if you appreciate something a little out of the mainstream, you just might discover a gem or two here that you really love.
Standout tracks included “Between The Blades,” “Waste and Want” and “Vanishing Point,” as well as the more tuned-down “Superior Ease.”