Young Heart Sparks Fire is the project for Tim Thompson out of Nashville, Tennessee. He hit the studio with a pro by the name of Kevin Clay which resulted in the three-song EP entitled Hollywood. The production is incredible and just more proof that the producers in Nashville know how to make a good sounding record.
The music is fairly straightforward rock/pop and gives us a little glimpse of what Thompson may have in store for us on his upcoming full-length. Thompson doesn’t seem to have many holes in his game from these three songs. The songs aren’t reinventing the wheel by any stretch but the songwriting and delivery are top notch.
He opens up with “Hollywood” where he starts the song with a slightly crunchy guitar and vocals. The lyrics revolve around a person pursuing a fast, often vacuous Hollywood life style. He sings “Stars in your eyes / Baby you’ve got a restless heart / You drove through the night /And you’re halfway to nowhere.” The song mostly rocks but there are subdued elements like a warm electric piano which gives the song an engaging juxtaposition.
Up next is “Love Will” which was a highlight. There is a slight ’80s vibe on the chorus and the song feels downright celebratory and anthemic. Like most U2 songs this really embraces the concept of love. In fact by the end of the song he is shouting “Love I believe in love.” He closes with “Home Is Where My Heart Beats For You (Traveling Salesman)” which may be the catchiest song of the three. Like the previous two songs it explodes with energy and rocks out.
I thoroughly enjoyed these three songs and also wonder if Thompson was showcasing his most pop inspired songs. The songs felt a wee bit predictable at times and I would have liked to hear him step a little bit outside the classic songwriting format. Overall, Hollywood is an appetizer but it is also a finely tuned debut.
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