Most would agree most popular artists out there have something truly special to give to their fans. This goes above the typical attributes like raw talent, amazing songs, nice voice, or even a very marketable look, sound & image. There’s something truly infectious at the core of these artists that simply makes us feel good when we listen to them. Whatever “it” is – they all seem to have “it”.
Today I listened to the latest CD from Woodstock, New York singer/Songwriter Michael Veitch who just released his latest CD entitled: “Postcards from Vermont” in 2013. First a bit about Veitch. Michael has just returned to the US after living, writing, photographing, painting and, of course, performing in Munich Germany and Europe for two years. He is booking now for US dates and planning the release of several new projects. Be sure and check out Judy Collin’s recording of his song “Veteran’s Day” (duet with Kenny White)on her new CD “Bohemian” and a live version on her just released DVD “Live From the Metropolitan Museum” with guests Ani Difranco and Shawn Colvin. Venturing to their website I get the impression this is one artist who is extremely genuine, pure, dedicated and passionate about the songwriting craft. From start to finish this CD from Veitch is a very entertaining musical experience all around. It has a very warm and inviting Pop-Rock-Folk quality to it, and even dabbles in Americana and Alternative Rock. It also reminds me of classic Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Paul Simon, Matthew Sweet and classic Simon and Garfunkel. Any fans of any of these musical styles or bands will enjoy this latest release from Vritch. It’s clearly marketed for those who like a male vocal front with amazing musicianship in the background. I get the impression Veitch is being true to himself as an artist via this compelling 12 track line up. In other words he hits the mark remarkably well by just by being who he is musically. Favorite tracks for me include (Close Enough to Touch), (Quarryman), and (Hand on the Wheel). The songwriting is impressive and digs a bit deeper than the next independent artist. Within each one of these pieces Veitch bares his soul and delivers what I would call pure musical mojo. It offers much in the way of a compelling/thought musical landscape. The playing from his band is spot on and just makes the whole CD even more enjoyable. The overall vibe of the production is very mysterious and captivating with pockets of hope shining through.
I see Michael Veitch as a diamond in the rough, with an amazing amount of potential. As time goes by we will no doubt hear more from him. Let me go on record and say Michael Veitch is a lucrative record deal waiting to happen. I also wouldn’t be surprised to hear his music on Prime Time Radio someday or even in a featured in feature film or a Top Tiered TV production one day soon. In close most famous artists out there have “it” I’m not so sure what “it” is but Michael Veitch has whatever “it” may be.
Final Rating: 9/10 Stars
by Michael Morrison – West Lothian, Scotland (UK)
Edited and Approved by Senior Editor Michael Rand
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