Jeff Baker is a singer/songwriter/guitarist living in Los Angeles who recently released “TBD.” He explains “The Big Dream” is a collection of eight songs about finding inner beauty in people, of helping others make positive changes in their lives, and seeking one’s dream despite challenges, addictions and distractions.
I spent some time listening to his music and I would say this is more of a pop album than anything else. Sure there are guitars but this is the kind of music you would hear on popular radio stations in the ’90s. Bands like Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty and other like-minded bands come to mind.
Although Baker says the album is about “being positive and finding the bright side in life” not every song is bursting with joyous vibes nor should it be. Do you know anyone who is constantly feeling like they arrived and are so happy there can’t be anymore problems?” Of course not, that doesn't exist. People experience patterns of energy, emotions and more that are always changing.
That being said there aren’t many grey areas on this release. There are clear emotions that Baker plays into like hope, fear and happiness. Take for instance the song “The Night That We Almost Met.” This song is feeding into a joyous, upbeat and happy vibe. That's the emotion the song hits upon during the verse and chorus.
A song like “Sherpa” however is much much more nostalgic and hopeful. The sound builds with more intensity as the song progresses. He plays into more uplifting emotions on “Feels Like A Friday'' where he paints a picture that everyday is just as good as the next. Baker ends with the most melancholy and intimate song called “The Big Dream.” The last song was actually my personal favorite.
I’m not going to skirt around the fact that Baker makes music that will appeal to a mainstream music fan. If you are a fan of indie rock bands like Grizzly Bear and Deerhunter I don’t think this will be up your alley. If you lean towards the former I think you will be happy with the results.
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