Randy Klawon is a musician from Cleveland who has been involved with music for decades and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. His release True Fiction to my ears sounds like a mix of music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
The album starts off with “Temptation” which leans more into ’70s classic rock from the guitar riff to just the general energy the song has. It’s a catchy song with melodies and hooks that are memorable the first time you hear them.
“Real Love” however felt more inspired from the late ’50s and the early ’60s. The distorted guitar is put away and is replaced by horns and vocal harmonies which create the aesthetics from that era. “Even When She's Wrong She's Right” is more of a ballad. It reminded me of a song you might hear on the Ed Sullivan show where a vocalist is singing on a stool with a microphone. There is also a slight David Bowie feel that had some resemblance to the song “Space Oddity.”
The ’70s rock vibe comes back with authority on “All Day All Night” which is one of the best songs on the album. Another highlight was “Shine Your Light” which again feels ’70s or perhaps late ’60s inspired. This song in particular reminded me of The Beatles. Klawon’s vocals sound great on this song; in fact it may have been my favorite vocal performance on the album.
“Rain or Shine” is a joyful and upbeat song with a memorable hook while “Deborah Ann” is a refined song that is a nostalgic song about discovering the guitar and his love for music. “Deepest Oceans” has some deeper concepts and ideas. Another highlight was “I Still Believe in You” mainly due to the chorus which felt like a classic the first time you hear it.
“The Waiting Game” is pensive, thoughtful and heartfelt. Klawon closes out the album with “Savior's Call” which has a chant like quality to it. I could imagine a group of people singing along to it.
True Fiction is an eclectic album and displays the talent Klawon has in different areas. Take a listen.
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