When the Covid-19 pandemic happened, Vince Colbert, a Denver-based singer/songwriter thought it would be a good time to restart his music career. Previously, the artist had released two EPs and a debut full-length album. When the pandemic hit, Colbert realized that he would have a lot of time on his hands since he had just quit his master’s program due to lockdown restrictions. During his trip to Oregon with his wife got Colbert thinking about his music. As he gave his catalog a good and long, hard look, it dawned on him that many of the songs he previously released didn’t really resonate with him and that he could do a better job making them resound. So, he selected ten core songs and came back to Denver to set out to bring out the best versions of each. This is Colbert’s self-titled album Vince Colbert, a record where Colbert gives fresh insight into a batch of songs that reverberate the most with him.
Vince Colbert starts off with “As You Are,” where a lot of mood and feeling brings in a sound fragrant with atmosphere to the start of this track. Once Colbert’s vocals come in, you can really feel the emotional resonance of the song coming together. The keys are equally expressive, bringing in a melodic pulse. What sounds like a steel lap guitar brings in a familiar folk feel. Traces of a cello also add into the track a weighty mood. More moody strumming on the guitar leans into an acoustic sound on “Michigan.” As the keys sound out on the backdrop, the sound is very folksy. The cello offers an apt underpinning layer. More acoustic guitar chord progressions meet the start of “Landslide.” Once Colbert’s vocals come in, you can feel the minimalistic arrangement really come together. This song only featured vocals, guitar and percussions at first. Next a fuller band backing comes through, producing a fuller and more impactful sound.
More finger-picking on the guitar sounds out here on “Broken Joy.” Colbert’s vocals once they arrive sound very soothing and smooth. Percussion and cello offer up an exciting layer to the sounds. The piano also adds a very poignant element. This is another soaring ballad. A guitar melody opens up this track as synths add in an airy effect on “Hold On.” In a very minimalistic approach, Colbert’s vulnerable vocals come in with a fresh and startling sound. More melodious acoustic guitars make up the sound on the start of “Courage.” Colbert’s vocals are solely accompanied by the guitar. The sound here is sweet and compelling. I thought this simple execution really pointed to an emotionally powered sound. This song was more in the acoustic ballad vein.
On “Stranger In My House,” keys and guitar are the first instances to this atmospheric and soaring ballad. Colbert’s vocals are very expressive, coloring the mood of these tracks with more emotionality. The background vocals really added more flavor to this track. On “Porcelain Vase,” some monotonous keys add a hypnotic quality to the start of this song. Once the vibe settles in, Colbert’s sparse vocals are brimming with a chilling and haunting vibe. The simplicity of the execution will grow on you the more you listen on. A lot of mood and feeling could be felt in this track. More melodies come from the acoustic guitar on “Outlast The Sun.” The vibe is very shimmering and inviting on this closer.
I thought Colbert really does a good job in this new rendition of his past releases. He adds a full band backing, in addition to the cello and other instruments to give a fully embodied sound. I thought Colbert’s voice worked well for the ballad form and as his vocals take flight on these set of songs, he paints a poignant picture packed with emotion and mood. You can tell that Colbert draws from his personal experiences in how these songs are realized and you can see this in his performances where Colbert is unafraid to be vulnerable and unguarded before audiences. It is this up-close-and-personal persona that will really draw audiences as his intimate delivery makes it feel like he is in the very same vicinity as you. I thought this album was very well done. With such craft to songwriting, excellent delivery and execution, it looks like Colbert is well on his way. This is a great new beginning and I look forward to hearing more music in this vein.
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