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Conversation by Richard James Butt

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
Tags: CD, Pop, EP, Independent
Normal Dispatch Time: 1-3 days
The debut EP of a London-based singer/songwriter.

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  1. 1. Be My Strength
  2. 2. Let Me Sing
  3. 3. My Lover
  4. 4. Overwhelming Peace
  5. 5. Not Alone
  6. 6. Praise Him
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Reviewed by Helen Whitall

This is the six-track debut EP from a London-based singer/songwriter and is a strong collection of worshipful songs with thoughtful lyrics. Richard's vocals have a polished pop sound with influences ranging from gospel through to various types of rock. The tracks range from the simple laid-back acoustic "Let Me Sing" to the upbeat and somewhat '80s-power-anthem tinged "Not Alone". The lyrics sound genuine and prayerful delivered with commendable honesty ("At times like these/I wonder what I'm for/'Cos I am sure that everyone/Can see my flaws"). There's plenty of interest right across the EP, with a range of instruments and backing vocals being brought in to create epic build-ups, and creative effects being used on the sound. Personally I felt he's perhaps trying to do too much in each track, so that he's hard to pin down stylistically. For example, "Overwhelming Peace" begins with a simple guitar riff, drops away into a mellow keyboard sound, brings in some beautiful sparkling instrumentation, a wonderfully contrasting military snare drum, some synth strings - and then a massive guitar solo explodes out of nowhere! I'd like to see him settle down into a particular style for each track on future releases. However, the EP has certainly been well produced (by co-musician Dan Storey), with the layers of sound building nicely over one another and allowing Richard's voice to shine.

Style: Pop
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 153845
Product Format: CD
Content Type: EP
Cat. Code: Independent
Items: 1
Release Date: 2014

The debut EP of a London-based singer/songwriter.

Posted by Jon in United Kingdom at 21:43 on Oct 28 2014

This is Richard's debut EP. It is refreshingly honest and the songs and musicianship are great. What a fantastic voice. Looking forward to hearing much more.
Get it on CDBaby (He'll get paid more than on iTunes:))

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