Hard, Edgy and Strong
If you like hard-driving rock with edgy lyrics and an attitude, you are going to love Diamonds & Demons, the sophomore work of Paul Maged. The release date is 23 September. The seventeen track work is less than a minute from what will be one hour of good listening. It is an awesome sophomore showing for this artist. I guarantee you that you shall find more than one track to fall in love with. I am also certain, you will have a very hard time picking a favorite track. The album will give you an hour of great listening.
I will also insert my warning to the listeners here. Not all of his material would be considered safe for work. There are some explicit lyrics. Considering the hefty subject material he covers I am not surprised and don’t feel that the language is in any way inappropriate.
The album has a strong tone and energy. He demonstrates a good bit of eclecticism such as; his heavy piano and vocal work 64th & 1st, and Anastasia, a great bridge of audio chaos on the title track, and, throughout the album, he varies style to keep the listening a good experience.
The music has; twangy bluegrass style rifts, some Afro-Cuban percussion, some vocal chaos, and some straight up blues… all well mixed with a driving rock sound. If you like rock similar to Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Diamond’s work in the 70s, you are going to get just what you like and a nice bit of some nice unexpected material.
While this New York based singer-songwriter can certainly play and sing, I would fail in this review if I did not mention just how well he writes lyrics and songs. They tell stories, stir up emotions and address and/or attack issues from religion, society, warfare and well fit the title of the album.
More About Paul Maged
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If you spend some time on his website, you’ll see that his talents in arts other than music. He has done stand up comedy, acting and was cast in an ESPN commercial. If you go over to his Youtube page you will see just how great he performs live. Be sure and check out some of the covers he does because they are really great.
- Paul Maged & The Strangers Live in NYC (musicdish.typepad.com)
- 2013.11.08 – An Interview with Symfinity (indienation.fm)
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