About the Artist: Burning Ships is the brain child of San Jose Bay area artist Fritz Limner. Limner brings a diverse creative background to bear on his first full-length CD, Empty Hold. Filled with multifarious musical styles and ambient soundscapes, Empty Hold is an aural journey not soon forgotten
I have to say I was extremely impressed with the opening 3 tracks “Atmosfearica” , “Insecurity Guard” and “Comes and Goes. They made quite the first impression with me. Each one possessed my full unadulterated attention. To be honest: I expected cheesy Singer Songwriter Pop cut from the same cloth as say a Jason Mraz or Rob Thomas. Not that there’s anything wrong with Jason Mraz or Rob Thomas, I just want to hear something new and different. What I discovered was actually quite the opposite. The whole CD is a breath of fresh air and is full of what I would call rocked out energy with pop-style music that appeals to so many different senses on so many different levels. It reminds me of Roxy Music, Utopia, XTC, The Minus Five, and Parachute. I can also hear the slight Psychedelic-Funk-Americana influence in there as well. What I really like about “Burning Ships” is there is no attempt to deliver what I call over the top pop. Cheezy music with a handsome face via top flight sampling, cookie cutter songwriting via a mix that sounds more like a commercial than a piece of music. Empty and Hold appeals to both advanced and novice listeners alike. Whatever kind of listening level you’re on – some will identify with things while others will not. Like a three layered cake Burning Ships is one artist that has allot of depth and has so much to offer. Weather it’s musically, lyrically, inspirationally, emotionally, spiritually – if you feel like music is taking us in the wrong direction than rest assured Burning Ships is taking us back in the right direction with “Empty Hold”
Top Track: What If, Comes and Goes, Be the Zero
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Final Word: Burning Ships re-affirmed my faith in good music again. Fritz Limner represents all that is magical, real and good in music and their latest CD delivers a highly passionate 10 track catalog via top flight musicianship, amazing songwriting and music that covers all the bases: Rock, Pop and Psychedelic-Pop.
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