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Multi-talented Montreal Artist, Johnny Coull, is bringing back a dose of old school and emotionally-engaging soul as he modestly showcases that he has fine-tuned his expertise throughout his latest album release, ‘That Cold Year’.
Kicking off with the first track, “A Taste of Euphoria”, Johnny blasts off with a lively dose of piano and a touch of musical class that mimics the opening of a Billy Joel song while lyricism dabbles into maintaining grounded and not allowing outside influence shove you into muddy, uncharted waters. The second track, “The Memory Machine”, begins with the instrumental ambience of tranquility as Johnny dishes and reminisces on his past experiences with ease while staying true to viewing each experience exactly as they were. “The Love That You’ve Lost” is the third track that slows it down and creates the feeling of heartbreak as Johnny lyrically spills his soul from the rocky edges of a love that slipped away and ended up going wrong. The fourth track, “The Troubadour Returns Home”, hypnotizes listeners by an instrumental opening that transcends genres and leads into an ode to returning back to his roots and settling down after the constant stimulation of being on the road. “I’m Fine (‘Cause the Girl is Mine)” is the fifth track that lifts the spirits of drawn-in listeners with a dose of Swing over Johnny’s vocals that mimic Sting in an uncanny way. The sixth track, “I Left My Baby Grand in New Orleans”, picks up the pace with a joyful and engaging energy that is invigorating and fun as Johnny emits a flirtatious touch that leaves listeners hanging off his every word. “Going Under” is the seventh track that slows it down and showcases how the album purposely explores the dynamics of an experience of love lost with the manic highs and dark lows that come with the territory.
The eighth track, “The Orpheum”, tells the tale of how Johnny really has an inclination to highlight the affection that he feels for the music that he creates as he lyrically creates the feeling of a human being walking down the road, strung-out and losing hope yet subconsciously knowing to keep going. “That Cold Year” is the ninth and title track in which Johnny lyrically validates to himself that he has nothing to prove to anyone but himself. The eleventh track, “The Land of Nod”, combines Moody Blues and Rock as Johnny lyrically explores an individual succumbing to what society believes is the right road to take while they fall into the trap of mediocrity. Closing out with “Cerrillos”, Johnny refuses to compromise the intensity of the album over an acoustic ode that ends in a warm and inviting piano piece.
Whether it’s Johnny’s mesmerizing chops or his bright spirit that reel you in, ‘That Cold Year’ is an outstanding example of artistic experimentation and evolvement. If you’re a fan of a mixture of fellow Artists/Musicians such as Queen, Billy Joel, The Police and Rod Stewart, then give Johnny Coulls discography a listen on Soundcloud.
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