There is a wealth of wonderful music that has come from The Great White North of Canada: Matthew Good, The Tea Party, The Tragically Hip, and of course Rush. With that being said, some have come to see Canadian rock in the states as the minor leagues compared to the US. Not sure why that is, but it is…. And it’s just dumb. Bad Reed from Ontario is seeking to change that perception releasing a 3 song EP offering a sonically diverse and challenging rhythmic venture serving as a nice entrance onto the national scene.
Tim Chaisson: The Other Side
He is known as “Canada’s best kept secret” and I think the music lovers of the United States are in for a treat when they get to hear Tim Chaisson’s passionate lyrics and majestic voice. Chaisson, a Canadian musician and talented vocalist releases his debut album The Other Side on February 19th 2013. It’s his first release in the United States.
The gifted young artist provides all of the vocals for his music, writes the lyrics as well as plays the guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. He’s only 26 but has already been playing the Prince Edward Music scene for a dozen years, gaining a slew of notoriety along the way.
Listening to The Other Side, I would compare the music and vocal talent to successful newcomer Ed Sheeran, and the renowned Tracy Chapman. While listening to this intimate album I was reminded of both these musical genius’s. That’s a good start if I may say so myself.
The album offers a wide range of music from vibrant, poppy hits to tender serenades. “Beat this Heart” is an upbeat and fun start to the album and a guaranteed hit in waiting. It’s my favorite song on the album featuring a catchy groove and lyrics that are extremely relate-able. The song is a terrific choice to start off the album with the addictive and fresh sound. It features Serena Ryder and superb vocal harmonies. “The Healing” is probably the most raw and acoustic song on the album, just Chaisson and his guitar drive this stripped-down heartfelt song that spotlights the breadth of his vocals and musical talent.
A few other standout tracks on The Other Side are the title track, “Come Clean,” “Bail You Out” and “Blast Your Way Out.” My favorite aspect of “Come Clean” are the lyrics. Everyone can relate to a song such as this and the way he shares the lyrics and delivers his message is very creative. “The Other Side” is also a good representation of his vocal talent, this time in a more upbeat, “foot tapping” way; it’s hard not to get into this song. It is clear why Canadians have embraced him so much and I only expect for music fans in the United States to take on an even greater appreciation for his talent.
I’ve had the pleasure of previewing this album for the past few weeks. It is absolutely brilliant and a wonderfully romantic and beautifully written album. I appreciate an artist who writes and sings all parts of his album and that’s become too rare in this day and age. I enjoyed this entire album and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to sit back and enjoy a relaxing entertaining musical experience. Pick up the album and give Tim Chaisson a listen.
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