Daniel Zeigler has played in many bands and toured with them but only recently decided to go it alone. His first solo effort Little Treasures does in fact sound like a full band playing. Zeigler plays drums, guitar and bass. He even implements vocal harmonies on top of his own lead vocal.
Little Treasures is a rock album but veers towards a pop sensibility not unlike that of an artist like Elvis Costello. The rocking out on Little Treasures is kept to a minimal and instead focuses on infectious vocal melodies you can sing along with. There are plenty of songs, which most people will instantly welcome because of the warm guitar tones and Ziegler's style of singing.
After a short introduction Zeigler kicks things off with “Don't Fight What You Feel” which is a good opener. You can make comparisons to a band like Wilco or The Shins. It’s catchy, upbeat and palatable to the ears. It didn’t push me in any kind of way and it wasn’t the most inventive song I have heard this year but nonetheless it was a well-written song.
“Rock 'N Roll Radio” has its moments and gives you a quick music history lesson while “I Am Love” is more or less country pop. The first exceptional song was “LoveShow.” From the initial psychedelic Grateful Dead inspired lead guitar to the vocals this song has got the goods. Zeigler’s vocal delivery had more reverence and felt heartfelt on this track. “Lucy in Amaj” was a welcome deviation in which Zeigler showcases some of his guitar picking skills. Zeigler continues to have success with the nostalgic “Shadow of Ghosts” and “Freedom of Choice” which strips things down to just him and his guitar.
Not everything is gold on Little Treasures but the majority of the songs are not only a pleasure but also have a sense of cohesiveness. Recommended.
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