Thomas Corsaut is a male rock artist based out of California. This might just be the perfect locale to explore the sad but true realm of musical expression. His latest album “Forced Perspective” is a dark-witty-melancholy but truthful collection of melodic rock that reveals all the a-typical conventions of alt-rock, creating a solid yet catchy album. The first track “Slinky” is an impressive kickoff statement. It does a great job of starting things off and gets one ready for what’s around the corner, which in itself presents a stunning 15 tracks line-up. As the album slowly runs the gamut it has much to offer in the way of melodic music and captivating vocals that make the listener feel like they’re in feature film by Quentin Teraatino. Musical parallels for me include; Mindless Self Indulgence, Sum 41, Electric Six. One cannot help but admire artists with strong songwriting skills and truthful conviction all the while demonstrating a strong a level of creativity. One senses a growing ambition as this album advances. Corsaut’s appealing vocals and slamming guitar picking hit the mark and with intellectually stimulating lyrics providing a very real and powerful source of inspiration overall. Corsaut is one of those artists not afraid to put his toe into the dark side of the pool shall we say. The musicianship pulls out all the stops, and the overall production value tows the line. All in all a great set of songs.
Notable standouts for me include: Ghost Whispering, Sand and Paper, and Slinky.
If you want a shock to the system via a hard rocking staple there’s something on this record for you. Obviously many will fail to identify with it though, and perhaps this is what fans will like about it. Having said that this CD is not for anyone and is really made for adult listeners only. Some of this plays into marketability. Some pieces present more modern sounding overtones but despite the flavor there are still traditional Rock n’ Roll textures from earlier eras. This is really what makes Forced Perspective so enticing to me personally. In this aspect Thomas Corsaut is an impressive artist, and also grants you rare access to peer into the tormented soul of a quintessential artist — from his dynamic perspective.
Final Rating: 8/10
Review by Blaine Calhoun edited by J.J. McCall
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