Gavin DeGraw – Something Worth Saving
Gavin DeGraw’s sixth studio album, Something Worth Saving, was released on RCA records September 9, 2016. This is a pop album through and through, with DeGraw crooning typical love songs.
“She Sets the City on Fire” is the lead single on the album… Whoa – when did Gavin DeGraw start sounding so much like Adam Levine?
“You Make My Heart Sing Louder” is a much more powerful song. DeGraw’s voice has soul, and the backing vocals give it a gospel touch. “Kite Like Girl” returns to formulaic pop, but under those lighthearted chords, and upbeat tempo, there are sinister lyrics afoot.
She’s as light as a feather
But she’ll kick off of her cloud
Got nothin’ to do with the weather
When you’re wakin’ up alone and she’s nowhere to be found
“Making Love with the Radio On” was my favorite. The song combines soul with a touch of reggae, and a mid-tempo groove.
“Harder to Believe” sounds a little too smooth. The song could be a pop studio demo. “Say I Am” feels more passionate in comparison, though it’s a piano ballad. I prefer the bare piano sound without the breathy keyboard and organ layers that muddy up the song.
“How Lucky Can a Man Get” feels like 80s glam rock, complete with brass punches. I have mixed feelings. My favorite element of “New Love” was the keyboard rhythm.
I hear a lot of influences in “Annalee,” including Billy Joel. The title track, “Something Worth Saving,” has some nice moments — a great intro, some interesting chord changes towards the end, but I would like to hear a little different keyboard and guitar voicing.
This album feels too polished– it’s missing the risk and creativity of a newer artist. I’d love to hear what you think. Please leave your comments below.
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