Hailing from Raleigh, NC, Bonzaltine is a singer/songwriter who released a nine-song album entitled Old Radio Songs. These songs are unequivocally American in the spirit of artists like Neil Young, Tom Petty and plenty more. The songs take a page out of the old handbook of American rock and are unapologetic about it.
The album opens up with “Nashville.” The song revolves around clean acoustic guitar, steady drums, an unobtrusive lead guitar and bass. All things considered it's a simple song that doesn’t get too fancy with different time signatures or dissonant sounds. It’s got a classic feel. Perfect for backdoor BBQ’s type feel.
The same thing can be said for most of the songs on the album. Take for instance a highlight “Me and You.” This song is one of the catchiest on the album and sounds directly influenced by Neil Young. It’s that strumming.
One thing I started to notice was that almost every song started with drums. There are four songs in a row that begin this way starting with “Me and You.” “So Free” is a song that begins with guitar and was also one of my personal favorites. The song's success just comes down to good songwriting. He continues strong with lively songs such as “This Ledge” and “Another Round.”
Old Radio Songs is a perfectly apt name because his songs sounds exactly like the title. Bonzaltine’s reverence for the style is undeniable and this album feels like a tip of that hat to some of the great American artists of the past. Although I can’t say Bonzaltine pulls off a style that feels redefined or expanded upon he does provide a homage to the past that is quite enjoyable.
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