Well this is an original concept. Instead of Josh Bloomberg sending his self-titled album Josh Bloomberg straight to streaming services he bought an 1-800 number. His thought experiment was that people could call the number and in exchange would get the album. Personally, I think this is a pretty fantastic idea. If nothing else this makes people appreciate the album in a different way. It reminded me of finding a CD I really wanted at a record store.
The album contains fourteen songs and is a fairly eclectic album with elements of folk, rock, pop and more. I liked the album from beginning to end but there were some styles which stuck out to me. “Black Box” was hands down one of the highlights. It starts with acoustic guitar and vocals and build with instrumentation. I thought the vocal melody was memorable and the addition of the female vocalist was very well done. The subdued energy of the song works very well.
“Searching For God In A Godless World” is a lot more grand in a Pink Floyd type of way. The song felt cosmic. “Before The Devil Knows I'm Dead” has more of a badass attitude like something you might hear in a biker bar. The sax solo is fantastic. There is no doubt about that.
“Nothing Escapes Not Even Light” has a distinct ’80s synth pop vibe. “The Devil Knows I'm Dead” is where Bloomberg shines. He really pulls of the subdued acoustic stuff really well and his voice sounds exceptional here.
There is quite a bit more material as the album moves forward and there are some songs I think shouldn’t be missed. “Mountains Bridges Canyons,” “My Psychotropic Mistress” and “Wood Burning Fireplace” were the notable songs to my ears.
This album isn’t the most cohesive I have heard in recent memory but there are unequivocally some exceptional songs. I think there is enough of a chasm of difference between styles that people will gravitate towards genre specific songs. Take a listen.
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