Geoff Woodhouse and Heather Reynosa are GoFetch. The duo recently released Go Figure which is a twelve-song album that primarily fits into the pop category.
I’d like to get some things out of the way. First off, Reynosa definitely has a set of pipes. She has a lot of range and can go from confident and powerful to subtle and sleek with zero issues. The reason I felt this album is primarily a pop album is because there is a lot of diversity but all the songs felt accessible and would appeal to a large demographic. I often felt like these songs are the kind you would hear on American Idol or The Voice rather than a private art gallery in Brooklyn. As far as pop music goes it certainly seemed to be competitive with some very well known artists.
The band starts with “Lucky Day” which is a pop song with a mix of rock as well as electronic elements. There are distorted guitars but also arpeggiated synths and the song delivers an explosive chorus.
“Sonya” plays more into rock with some attitude from the Led Zeppelin-esque rock riffs but also delivers a funky and catchy chorus. “Where I Wanna Be” isn’t a rock song in the least. This felt like a ballad pop song that was hopeful yet nostalgic. Reynosa’s vocals sound great against the atmospheric elements.
The mood shifts almost too much initially with “Play” which gets into dirty rock. I have to say that the chorus was one of my favorite parts on the album but the verse almost felt like a different song.
There are some solid pop/rock songs such as “Thru” and “Pleasure Den.” “Better Off” is a reflective acoustic ballad that veers towards folk and country. One of the highlights was “Surprise Me” which contains a memorable chorus and an early ’90s alternative vibe. They close with the largely electronic “To Die For.”
The band jumps around so distinctly to different genres and styles like electronic, country ballads and rock that I had a hard time feeling like they established a signature sound. In a lot of ways this feels like a standard debut in that the artist wants to showcase a lot of different styles while paying homage to their influences. If I have one piece of advice being in this business for over twenty years it would be that I would like the band to narrow down on more of a singular sound on their next album.
Overall, there is certainly boatloads of talent here from the incredible vocal performances to the eclectic music which was diverse but always well done. On top of that I thought there were a number of songs which had a single worthy type of quality. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear one of their songs on the FM dial. Recommended.
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