Thanks Victory Music in Seattle for the Review… :)
Coe is Canadian, and his collaboration with producer & arranger Jason Kechely and his engineer Chon is a bright and vibrant collection of warm wonderful sounds well placed within the mix while production values enhance, never attempting to overshadow Buckman’s beautiful pure vocals. His stories, like his vocals are thought out lyrical approaches to his craft. The caliber of players backing this collection of tunes is a bit like the art concept, very thought out and only enhances the artist’s work.
Coe penned all the tunes and backs each tune on both acoustic and electric guitars, which, like his vocal abilities, are pure and assist in the stories he is telling rather than selling of a point of view. Coe’s mission seems to be to enlighten himself and listeners with a radiant sense that there is something more out there and as the second tune says, in, “The Apocalypse is Not Guaranteed”, “hope’s still free”. I choose to think Coe has found an answer to all this darkness that surrounds us in the past few years with a sense of there’s something outside and inside of us that will overcome it all.
Coe’s vocal style and lyrical content is reminiscent of many influences, but it’s very hard to label them. He has a way of working licks and lyrics to convey each messages, and though at times one wants to say, “oh yeah, I know where that came from”, after he commences he takes the vocals and tales to some pure location unto himself. His choice of instrumentation on the work is a bit like that also, as soon as you think a tune is a straight ahead folk number, a rock, jazz or country feel will take over and lead you where he wants to share his vista.
Probably the most comforting or favorite work for this writer is his ballad approaches and pureness in his presentation of the work. “Not So Far Fetched”, “Plot Thick it Grows” really allow Buckman’s vocal & writing talents to shine through. His ability to calm us down through philosophical reasoning accompanied with beautiful production values is certainly thought through and strengthens his messages of love, peace and spiritualism.
“Devil In You” gives it all to the listener as does beautiful and insightful “Rest”. This is beautiful singing and writing that accomplishes what most of us as writers hope for, a message, a vibe, a feeling and are so well articulated that a sense of calm comes and allows us to escape the day to day. This is a very good recording I know I’ll listen to again.