Richard X

I’ll get right to the point:  this album is wonderful.  Richard X. Heyman, the New Jersey-native/guitar legend delivers on every level with this, his tenth solo album, appropriately titled X.  The veteran multi-instrumentalist, who began his career with the fabled Doughboys in the ’60’s (and who returned with a stunning album a few years ago) does it all with this 15 track masterpiece.  That’s a lot to keep the listener interested and satisfied.  His skills as both a musician and DIY-recording artist/producer come to the fore; every great thing about the genre “power pop” can be found and heard in this collection of songs.  Quality melody, arrangements, vocals, hooks – it’s all here.

“Please Be Mindful” is a strong, colorful, piano driven piece with spacious echo and a passionate vocal that emits a sweet Springsteen vibe.  “Be The One” is Byrds-y, dreamy and a harmony-rich bullseye; “Compass” is garage joy – a thundering, balls-out powerhouse.  “Firing Line” is the embodiment of classic power pop – a riff that instantly grabs you with a memorable melody – easily the album’s standout.  “Verges On The Day” drifts along on a Turtles-like wave of harmony, a rolling bass and warm; “Hangman Smiles” is the other high point – with its crisp guitar and vocal interplay and a melodic, frenetic bass line – it’s simply glorious.

Again, 15 tracks – all to keep you full and happy from a master; X shines brightly in the Heyman catalog.


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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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