MusicSpeak is the project of versatile multi-instrumentalist and music educator Gary Williams. He's joined on his debut album, Room to Sustain, by vocalist Suzanne Tremblay. Clearly, from a spin or two, Williams precision and skillfulness in song composition and musicianship is self-evident. Over this, Ms. Tremblay's vocals take center stage. The music could be defined as emotional, but not necessarily overly complex. There's more than a little bit of a power pop feel, here and there, as on Spin Around or Why Can't I Follow. Alternatively, and generally speaking, the music is not terribly intriguing; it never hooked me or propelled me to want to listen from song to song. If it were not for the need to give it a thorough listen for review, I could have easily quit at anytime. This does not make Room to Sustain a bad album by any means, just simply not very compelling. Highlights include Omen and the instrumental Overcast.
MusicSpeak's Room to Sustain shows impressive song composition and musicianship. But overall I found the music less intriguing, and could have easily moved on to something else at any time.
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