Peter Bloom Band â€“ Random Thoughts (From A Paralyzed Mind) / 2008 Self / 10 Tracks / http://www.peterbloomband.com /
By the time individuals get through the 10 tracks on â€œRandom Thoughtsâ€, individuals will understand why the Peter Bloom Band has received accolades from places like the Ontario Independent Music Awards. The disc starts off with â€œAfraidâ€, a track that shows a confidence in the Peter Bloom Band that is rarely heard in music today. Â One of the first things that individuals will hear are the vocals, which possess a certain harmony that allows the voice to pull double duty â€“ instead of just providing individuals with a set of lyrics, Peteâ€™s vocals join together with the instrumentation to create something stronger than each piece taken separately. â€œCarefulâ€ has a slower tempo, but again shows the ability of Peteâ€™s vocals.
The wide-open approach to the arrangements of â€œCarefulâ€ could spell calamity to a lesser band, but the overarching style of Peteâ€™s vocals during this track really acts as the glue to make for a cohesive track. â€œCarefulâ€, and to a lesser extent â€œHavenâ€™t Hit The Floor Yetâ€ are early examples of the strong production values present throughout â€œRandom Thoughtsâ€. The production allows each piece of the band to shine, while guiding them gently into the best possible sound. The set of influences that are present during â€œHavenâ€™t Hit The Floor Yetâ€ are slightly different than those broached during either â€œAfraidâ€ or â€œCarefulâ€, bringing acts such as Mr. Big and Nelson into the mix.
The result of this inclusion is something unexpected, considerably different from what was previously present, and ultimately keeps individuals guessing where the Peter Bloom Band will take them in the tracks to come. Later tracks, such as â€œWallsâ€ and â€œWhy Do You Askâ€, contribute to the discâ€™s overall sound in much the same way. â€œWallsâ€ puts a spotlight more on Peteâ€™s vocals, as Pete calls forth a spectrum of influences as diverse as The Beatles and Billy Joel. â€œWhy Do You Askâ€ continues the trend of the Peter Bloom Band working to create the best possible sound for their fans; the track works within the general framework laid out by the rest of the disc, but scales things back to create a stripped-down, emotionally intense style. The band wraps things up well with â€œWhy Do You Askâ€; â€œRandom Thoughts (From A Paralyzed Mind)â€ may be the bandâ€™s first full length, but the maturity exhibited will easily fool individuals into thinking that this is their fourth or fifth album.
Top Tracks: A Little More Love, Walls