Review: Dan Parsons, Dan Parsons

Dan Parsons
Image Courtesy of Dan Parsons

Melbourne’s singer songwriter Dan Parsons is one of those musicians who can play any instrument, you know the type, bursting with an endless supply of talent. Having recorded and played all the instrumentation on his self titled second album is proof of these talents; it’s certainly no mean feat.

Stylistically different from the first album, it feels like he’s come home with this collection of charming country folk pop tunes. Without the time restrictions of a conventional studio the recording has flourished. The arrangements are well thought out, layered delicately, drawing you further in with every new sound. Parsons’ voice has poignant warmth reminiscent of James Taylor, with a familiarity that enables you to feel like two friends.

“Close Your Eyes, Let it End” is a beautiful song written about a childhood friend who took his own life. I’ve seen Parsons play this one live, he spoke about being an only child and how his friend was the closest thing he had to a brother. It’s an honest, tender and sad. Lyrically it paints a picture of an adventurous soul” Laughed in the face of a loaded gun”.

“Waiting on the Line” has a Fleetwood Mac vibe to it with warm guitar sounds, driving bass and drums. I found myself hitting repeat on this track because of the lovely production and great feel. It’s completely addictive.

I love the guitar playing and vocal melody in song “Shoalhaven Night”. There is a real sense of space – the instrumentation allows the song to breathe, building in all the right places. Gorgeous.

“Oh Baby, When You Say It Like That” is a fun country song written with his fellow musician Luke Brennan. It’s so catchy – you’ll be singing along by the second chorus.

This album will definitely remain a favorite of mine for some time yet.

Dan Parsons is available now via iTunes

2 Comments

  1. August 1, 2013 at 18:15

    great review of this album, which I have not stopped playing, launch last night a huge success…kudos!

  2. August 2, 2013 at 12:41

    […] “Stylistically different from the first album, it feels like he’s come home with this collection of charming country folk pop tunes. Without the time restrictions of a conventional studio the recording has flourished. The arrangements are well thought out, layered delicately, drawing you further in with every new sound. Parsons’ voice has poignant warmth reminiscent of James Taylor, with a familiarity that enables you to feel like two friends” – HannahA reviews the self titled album from Dan Parsons. Review here […]


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