All it takes is 3 chords and a dream!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Review: John Hawkins - Fantasy World (demo)

John Hawkins - Fantasy World
2008, John Hawkins

John Hawkins is a non-performing songwriter; a member of the Guild of International Songwriters and Composers. He is looking to collaborate with singers/performers as well as other songwriters.

Hawkins is something of a poor man's Paul McCartney, focusing on silly, schmaltzy little love songs on his six-song EP, Fantasy World. He displays a decent pop sensibility but also a propensity for cliché. By The Way is Delilah love songs, mix-tape material but a little too heavy on the honey. To Be Certain is a bit cliché but interesting for samba-based arrangement. Fantasy World is my favorite track here, having a 1940's feel to it. When I Get Over Today has some commercial potential as a pop song. Feel So Fine is another highlight, a strong pop/rock offering that breaks out of the introspective, lovelorn shadows Hawkins seems to dwell in. Make Each Day Christmas Day comes across as forced and awkward, being more cliché than original thought.

John Hawkins has a moderately commercial writing approach, with love sappy love songs that would do well in the Adult Contemporary/Easy Listening spectrum. Hawkins may be a good source for these sort of “silly little love songs”, and may, with the right collaborator, turn out some high quality songs outside of that narrow scope.

Rating: 2.5 Stars (Out of 5)

John Hawkins did not provide any contact information and I was unable to definitely identify a source of information about him on the internet. If you know Mr. Hawkins please ask him to contact us so that we may list contact information.

No comments: