|05-15-2014, 08:39 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2013
DANNY BLU - “saint”
Artist: Danny Blu
Neil Young once warned us that rust doesn’t sleep. Apparently, neither does Danny Blu. This New York City rocker is following up his “Do Your Worst”, from 2013, with a second album titled “saint”, just released last February on Factory22 Records (thefactoryblu.com).
“saint” is a ten song collection of mostly power pop tunes that range from a whisper to a roar. Heavily hooked choruses wedged between razor-sharp verses with the occasional middle eight bridges popping up here and there seems to pretty much be the formula Blu followed when making this record.
“Sebastian”, “Dead Like Me”, “All Night” and “Something to Believe” fall solidly into the catchy category while “The Lullaby of the Excommunicated”, “In the Dark (Fraust remix)” and “The Ballad of the Excommunicated” are the sonic detours that, at least I like to think, offer scenic glimpses of the artist’s strange, and off-the-wall mind. Even more ballad like than the aforementioned “The Ballad of the Excommunicated” are the single word titled tracks “Guilty” and “Asunder”.
Sexuality seems to be the reoccurring theme throughout “saint” with more of the emphasis placed on the mental and emotional vs. the strictly physical aspect of sex and intimacy. Danny Blu’s lyrics never deny the sheer pleasure found in the sex act, but he’s keenly aware of the unspoken baggage that frequently accompanies it after having it or being denied it; such as fear, guilt, disappointment and even isolation.
This somewhat Freudian touch to his music may be his grandest gift. Listen to “saint” very carefully. The impression it leaves is that you probably now know and understand this quirky musician a bit better. Not so much as an up and coming rock star, performance artist, a person who is sexually straight, gay or bi. No, this is someone who has lowered their defenses and allowed you to see that underneath it all, we’re all simply human. And that my friends, may be the hardest skin to wear in public.