Man, â€œFuture Luverâ€ is an interesting track. The song itself links together rock and funk, while Statanâ€™s output on the track shows influences from artists as different as Lenny Kravitz, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Gavin Degraw. While it would be easy for Statan to go off into absurdity, as acts like Chromeo (â€œNeedy Girlâ€) and the Bloodhound Gang have done, Statan makes for a track that is compelling, a little goofy, and addictive all at the same time. The charisma that Statan brings to the tracks on â€œGo Big or Go Homeâ€ is similar to acts like â€œWeird Alâ€ Yankovic and Tenacious D, but there is a dedication to the music by Statan and his band that outstrip the sometimes weak outputs of those two acts.
This means that â€œInterferenceâ€ can have a little bit of the quality that The Police brought forth to their classic album â€œSynchronicityâ€, while creating a track that shifts rapidly from punk music to a more angular, Killers-sound and then to something that is so unique that it truly defies description. This unique sound speaks to the charisma that Statan brings to this EP, which feeds upon the talented instrumentation that is brought to the table by Gawain Matthews, Dave Tweedie, and Andrea De La Rosa. â€œDonâ€™t Hold Backâ€ is a funk track that contains a humorous element in much the same way that â€œFuture Luverâ€, while the instrumentation continues to break free of listenersâ€™ expectations through the inclusion of psychedelic-tinged synthesizers.
â€œGo Big or Go Homeâ€ is a watershed EP, and the tracks on the disc provide listeners with different pieces that, when put together, show Statan as a talent that is comparable to the likes of a Peter Gabriel. Statan has the same diverse set of influences and approaches that he takes on â€œGo Big or Go Homeâ€ that Gabriel did during his heyday. However, Statan is better than Gabriel in the sense that the tracks on â€œGo Big or Go Homeâ€ are honest, and really showcase what Statan wants to do with music. While there are only a few songs on this EP, I know that this CD will be in my car for months to come. Statan shows that there should be no limits to what an individual can do when they create music, and the impressive nature of the tracks on â€œGo Big or Go Homeâ€ should represent some mark that future artists should strive to achieve.
Top Track: Future Luver
Alex Statan – Go Big or Go Home / 2008 Self / 5 Tracks / http://www.alexstatan.com /