Richard Frankz â€“ The Traveler / 2008 Self / 14 Tracks / http://www.richardfrankz.com /
â€œJust Being Meâ€ is the first track on â€œThe Travelerâ€, and the song is the perfect introduction to a singer that blends a contemporary sound with a late eighties / early nineties type of country music. Frankz goes into a slower, more sorrowful sound for the discâ€™s second (and title) track. The narrative style of Frankz is easily the equivalent to a Kenny Rogers, and the narrative present during this track has parallels to Rogersâ€™ biggest hit, â€œThe Gamblerâ€. In much the same way as â€œJust Being Meâ€, there is a linking of older and newer styles, ensuring that listeners from a number of different genres and styles will find something that they can appreciate in Frankzâ€™s music.
â€œMore Each Dayâ€ varies Frankzâ€™s style up with the inclusion of a funky, seventies type of sound â€“ while there are hints of country that are still present during â€œMore Each Dayâ€, the track could easily be Frankzâ€™s crossover hit. The track will appeal to musicophiles through the inclusion of guitars that will make individuals believe that Glenn Frey is actually playing on the track. â€œJust Spending Time (With You)â€ goes back to the approach first broached during â€œThe Travelerâ€. However, the heart-wrenching emotions present during â€œJust Spending Timeâ€ will firmly cement this track in the pantheon of sad country tracks. Frankz succeeds with â€œJust Spending Timeâ€ in creating happiness that is paired with the sadness on the track, showing the duality of life.
The intricate, Eagles-like guitars come back during â€œWay Back Home (To You)â€. Stepping up to the challenge put forth with the guitars, Frankzâ€™s vocal delivery uses uncommon pacing and different time signatures to really make the track into something that is memorable. Where â€œMore Each Dayâ€ would likely be Frankzâ€™s crossover hit, I could see â€œWay Back Home (To You)â€ being the track that firmly installs itself at the top of the country chart. Unlike a number of artists and bands, who are apt to just let the quality of the disc decline as the album spins on, later efforts by Frankz are just as strong as those opening salvos. This means that the walking bass line of â€œOne Step Forwardâ€, coupled with the higher register presented by the stringed instrument, makes for yet another single-worthy track for Frankz. If individuals like their country music to challenge the assumptions that individuals have regarding the genre, I would strongly exhort them to pick up a copy of â€œThe Travelerâ€.
Top Tracks: Still Loving Me, One Step Forward