Killer & Sin - Single
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By Chuck Taylor
DYLAN LOCK, “Lockstar”
Blues/rock singer, songwriter, pianist and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Lock’s upcoming full-length “Lockstar” delivers a lofty lift-off with a bundle of passion-packed tracks, replete with clever turns of phrase, the occasional wink-wink and tons of quirky instrumentation. Emphasis single “Don’t Stumble” is an appreciably peppy pop nugget in which Lock conjures the vocal ease of fellow Canadian hero Burton Cummings with a nod to Rob Thomas, as he implores his baby to say what she means and mean what she says, amid a fast-talking kaleidoscope of clever verses. He shares: “I’m watching the world, it’s turning, I’m still learning/Don’t make me waste my turn, don‘t stumble your words…” Piano-driven “Killer & Sin” is perhaps more representative, with a shrewd, carnival-inspired midtempo dexterity in which Lock insists, “It’s not my turn to be another victim of defeat”; while in “She’s Lost,” Lock tumbles playfully across the piano keys as a sultry sax serenades, while the gait gradually increases into a rollicking topple of tempo. Likewise, giddy “The Chase” is reminiscent of Fastball’s 1998 smash “The Way,” with a virtuoso piano solo and Lock’s loosest, unrestrained vocal performance. In “The One,” he pays tribute to Queen’s Freddie Mercury with a playful reel of harmonic vocals and driving percussion. Changing the pace, “Shanti Love” is a stripped-down troubadour tune with just vocal and piano, in which Lock caterwauls, “I can give you love then take it away, then give you the reason to make it okay/If Shanti love is a curse that’s holding me back but I don’t want to be held back… no.” Lock’s greatest strength throughout “Lockstar” is the savvy to deliver on his greatest strengths: blurring his fingers over the keyboard, while using vocal versatility with keen adeptness to deliver a nod and a smile alongside the sing-along melodies. This guy must be a blast to see live, making music that’s just good clean fun. Bravo.
Chuck Taylor has been an entertainment writer for 25+ years, including 12 years at Billboard magazine as a Senior Writer and Single Reviews Editor.