Daniel Tortoledo is a musician from New York who recently released his first solo album entitled Through Out These Years. Before his solo endeavor he was involved first with his original band The Highway with whom he performed and toured continuously for over a decade.
Through Out These Years is an album that I think will have a lot of appeal. There were times I heard Americana based rock not far from bands like Wilco or War on Drugs. That being said you can easily make an argument for legends such as Bowie and The Beatles in places.
The album starts with “Dark Times (Brothers and Sisters)” and this actually felt like more of a mix between Blur and Odelay era Beck. It has some funk, some dirty blues, some soul and a number of great grooves. The song is catchy and the chorus is infectious.
“Eloise” drives with nostalgia. The bass and drums are really the backbone of the song. I love the feeling I was getting which was optimistic reflection. There is another great hook which brings in some beautiful guitar work.
“You Can’t Have It All” is more of a ballad. It’s emotionally resonant and reflective. The song is also warm and a bit melancholy but the lyrics feel positive. “Intermission” is brief but a beautiful piano piece that reminded me of being in a saloon. It seamlessly transitions into the title track “Through out The Years.” This song really put the vocals at the focal point. It’s really well delivered and is arguably the best vocal performance on the album. It’s powerful, emotional but not melodramatic.
“Bottle of Wine” felt like it came straight from the late ’60s and is a great rocker that displays new textures and tones. Up next is “Not Too Late” which is fantastic. The song is so memorable, infectious and joyful. It’s joyful in a way where everything around you is melting but you can still find your happiness.
Up next is “Spare Time” which is another one for the win column that blends Americana, rock and folk. Last up is “Give Me Soul” and I felt like it was an appropriate closer that reinforced his sound.
This is an exceptionally produced and recorded album. That fact really makes these performances shine through. The album is just a little over half an hour and it felt seamless and cohesive. I suggest playing this from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
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