The story of Gerry Cea is worthy of repeating. On his Bandcamp page he states that he was born in Argentina in 1966, he arrived in NYC in 1985 and then moved to Miami in 1993. In 1993 he opened cafe prima pasta restaurant and met artists including David Lee Roth, Iggy Pop, Janet Jackson, Alan Parson and Jose Feliciano. I surmise this had something to do with him entering a recording studio when he turned fifty years old. He wanted to make music for himself and that was probably building inside his mind over the years. The result is Something New.
Something New is a twelve-song album that is fairly upbeat and hopeful which also has to do a lot with romantic love. It seems to be most influenced by classic rock from the tones, textures and delivery of the songs. You can make loose comparisons to artists like Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and some other notable legends in the game. On that note you can also hear some of the songs were influenced by ’50s pop.
The album is very positive and you can get this impression just by looking at the song titles. Take for instance the opener “Its Ok” which is also one of the highlights. There is actually a message in this song that is particularly beautiful. I feel like for a while American society and commercialism was pushing this campaign of just “be happy.” I never liked that and thought it was a crap message. If you’re sad you should feel that emotion, recognize it and even appreciate it - not try to hide from it. He sings “It’s OK To be sad / It’s a part of the circle of life” which is a powerful sentiment about acceptance.
“With You” is a warm song about gratitude. It’s a classic love song in a lot of ways with a catchy chorus. Cea really starts to expand on “Sad To Say Goodbye.” Musically, there is a lot going on. I was reminded of Billy Joel because of the piano but the chorus is quite epic in a Pink Floyd type of way.
“Something New” has such a classic rock type of sound it me. It’s again warm but very anthemic. The chorus was memorable. I could imagine a crowd of people singing, “We don’t have to fight with each other, / We just have to love one another.”
“The One (Acoustic)” is the first ballad and also one of the only songs that contained a good amount of melancholy. The song is created with lush strings and was one of Cea’s most heartfelt vocal performances.
The album continues with “One Day At The Time” which is a very hopeful song and crescendos with an inspiring and worthwhile antidote. I really liked the rockabilly swing of “I Got News For You” which is one of the most fun and infectious songs on the album. The '50s pop infused “Mine” plays out like you don’t have a care in the world.
“Back To You” is another very upbeat and joyous song while “Our Love Goes On Forever” revisits ’50s pop but it’s even more overt on this song. “Camila” combines astronomy and love and is perhaps the most romantic sounding song in the batch. He closes with a straightforward rock version of the song “The One.”
Something New is a very well produced and delivered album. Cea wears his influences on his sleeve but it was easy to appreciate the original melodies and concepts. This is an album that I think a wide range of people will like. That being said, fans of some of the aforementioned bands will not want to pass this up. Take a listen.
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