Bobby Joe Chandler is an artist from Texas who recently released Four Stories. He makes a declaration on his Bandcamp page that the songs are definitely from a first person perspective. He says, “This is my life, my experience on this earth. These songs are reflections on my loves, my friendships, my hopes and dreams, trials, tribulations, successes, failings, and my joy, all set to music and told as honestly as I can.”
He plays straightforward music that flirts with rock, pop and singer/songwriter type material. Chandler sticks to the basics musically. The songs rely on major and minor scales, 4/4 time and a standard pop structure. The production/recording is a little above demo quality. There were a number of things that could have been improved but the drums in particular needed more definition.
He opens with “Every Bit of Me” which was the highlight. It's a certified intimate pop song that plays into a singer/songwriter type vibe with a slight country feel. Overall, I enjoyed his vocals and there is no denying he puts a lot of emotion into his singing. I would have liked more notable dynamic transitions on the song. It was hard to differentiate from the verse and chorus and pretty much sticks with the same energy it begins with.
“The Music” is a pop oriented rock song that could have mainstream radio potential if the recording was more professional sounding. The subject matter is pretty familiar and there weren’t many surprises in the lyric department. He also has some inspired moments such as on “This Crazy Life” and “Carousels.”
At the end of the day Bobby Joe Chandler is making pop music that will resonate with a general demographic. There is simply no denying that his music has a more commercial appeal. Chandler has some talent but I’d like to see if there are ways he can differentiate himself from the crowd on any upcoming releases and really dig into a signature sound.
Overall, Chandler is a solid songwriter who falls into a case of wait and see.
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