Chip Raman â€“ Edge of a Song / 2007 Rosebud / http://www.chipraman.com /
It has been quite a while since a straight-forward chap with a guitar sounded this was. Individuals will hear a lot of the sixties (Neil Young, Bob Dylan) in Ramanâ€™s style. Obviously, Young or Dylan never said anything about opening up their Nokia, but the style of Raman is unmistakenly influenced by these two giants of rock. â€œThe Post It Noteâ€ discusses a phone conversation between Raman and god, and this track only becomes more impressive when Raman modifies his vocals to achieve a higher register.
Where a number of the recordings created by the aforementioned masters are beginning to show their age, Ramanâ€™s recordings on â€œEdge of a Songâ€ have an attachment to todayâ€™s listener. This will mean that fans of all ages, of any conception of â€œrock musicâ€, will find something that they like on Ramanâ€™s â€œEdge of a Songâ€. â€œEdge of the Windâ€ adds a little more to Ramanâ€™s sound in the inclusion of a piano and bongo-like set of drums. These different constructs diversify Ramanâ€™s sound, and this allows for Raman to move in a Scarecrow and Tinman-like sound. I would be surprised if â€œEdge of the Windâ€ does not have a second life as a radio hit. It has everything, from intelligent chord progression to a second set of vocals and even still has time to go and make an infectious chorus. â€œBustinâ€™ Outta Hereâ€ starts slowly and draws forth recollections of an earlier American folk style. While the vocals decidedly take a different tack than the instrumentation would indivate, the meshing together of these two traditions is a sight to behold. The production of the songs on â€œEdge of a Songâ€ is perfect.
It is laissez faire enough to allow the nuances of Ramanâ€™s sound to shine, but is close enough to cradle the compositions and really imbue them with that something extra. Unlike many of the singer songwriters that are making a living in the current period, Raman actually wants to change the world with each and every one of his tracks on â€œEdge of a Songâ€. In this, I see a lot of Phil Ochs and Pete Seeger in Raman. The tracks have a tremendous replay value, and hopefully this album will be enough to draw ever-increasing crowds to those dates when Raman plays live. I know I will be keeping my eye on this shining star, and hoping that all the right things happen to him.
Top Tracks: Bustinâ€™ Outta Here, The Post It Note