Frank Ocean meets Seal; that’s what Grandfield brings to mind as the band offers a pleasing R&B like voice but they are accentuated by somewhat gospel-like sounds or epic pop melodies. Ken McLendon is the lead singer and is backed up by an extensive band with both instrument and vocal skills. Altogether, the parts of the band create a dynamic musical force that just seeps into your soul.
Opening the album Simple Thing is a track titled “London, Paris, Rome,” and within this song there is so much motivation and positivity, I’m sure it is capable of reaching each of those cities. The vocalist has an innate energy that just circulates throughout the entire track and I feel like prancing around on my tiptoes. The piano really creates this effect, as it is in the background keeping the beat with a tight, steady and pulsing rhythm.
The track that shares the same title of the album is a very colorful song and has a lot of soul in the melody and lyrics of the song. The lyrics describe a love scenario; “simple things ain’t trivia, I need you, baby you know you need me too.” This song is chock-full of effects, making it slow and fast at the same time. It is quite an interesting listen.
The music on Simple Thing can be classified as pop soul and there is much to be found in the songs on this album. Time and time again, the lead singer comes through to offer an almost religious musical experience, as he takes you higher to a plateau that is spiritual. This is backed up by the supplemental instruments and effects from the other band members. You can tell that individuals with years of experience have produced this music. The recording quality is of high merits, and each instrument gets its own time to shine.
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