Friday, May 2, 2008
CD Review: Peter Bloom Band - Random Thoughts (from a paralyzed mind)
Peter Bloom Band – Random Thoughts (from a paralyzed mind)
2008, Peter Bloom
I could spend time talking about all of the awards Peter Bloom has won for songwriting and performing, but you can find that on his website if you care to look. What I do want to tell you about is his wonderful debut album, Random Thoughts (from a paralyzed mind). Evoking thoughts of Paul McCartney, Jason Plumb and Jim Cuddy, Peter Bloom writes inspired lyrics and envelopes them in beautifully constructed songs.
There are no weak tracks here, but there are definite standouts. Helping Hand is ensconced in beautiful harmonies, and is delivered in a musical form that would make Blue Rodeo proud. Let It Go sounds like what McCartney always strived for and perhaps never quite made. A Little More Love is a beautiful piano driven ballad that will have lighters in the air on summer nights.
Far and away the most moving track on the album is Weight Of The World. This track alone will likely have the repeat button on your CD player worn out within the week.
In spite of all the references to other musicians above, the sound that Peter Bloom has crafted is very much his own. Beatles comparisons are definitely valid because of the quality of the songwriting, vocals and musicianship, but Peter Bloom is a singular talent. His Americana infused pop-rock should bring him much success in a perfect world.
Random Thoughts comes with Wildy’s World’s highest recommendation. Peter Bloom is going places. You’ll want to be along for the ride.
Rating: Five Stars (Out of Five)
You can learn more about Peter Bloom at www.peterbloom.ca. You can purchase Random Thoughts on his website or through www.maplemusic.com.