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Falling between the stars

Awesome album from a great new artist. A wide range of diversity with songs on this CD.

Cd Review by Dan MacIntosh

It’s difficult to pinpoint Richard Tyler Epperson’s style precisely. This album opens with one called “At Your Door,” which has a bit of a reggae groove to it. However, it’s much closer to an old reggae-pop song from the 80s, production-wise, than a more traditional Bob Marley track. Epperson considers himself to be a singer/songwriter. Indeed, he is that. However, by just terming his music singer/songwriter material, he’s not giving himself nearly enough credit. The music on Falling Between the Stars is far too creative to be merely that of a singer/songwriter.

When one imagines a singer/songwriter, images of a lonely soul either sulking at a piano or bending over an acoustic guitar come into the mind’s eye’s view because singer/songwriters are known mostly for their serious lyrics, and to a lesser degree for their music. However, Epperson’s full-length includes a wide variety of sounds, which back up his smart words.

One called “Awake” sounds to have been influenced by electronic music. No, it’s not one of those repetitive, seemingly computer generated works you might hear at an EDM festival. However, you can definitely hear that genre’s impact on the track. Both “Sick” and “Beautiful Mind,” on the other hand, are more along the lines of rock & roll, complete with loud guitar. “Another Day,” to add another color to this aural rainbow, is quiet, sweet and gentle with subtle strings and acoustic guitar.

The song “Drive” is one of the strangest cuts on the collection. It has a bit of a rockabilly feel underpinning it. It’s also one of the happiest songs on the album. This is not to suggest Epperson’s a downer; however, when a truly happy song comes along, to contrast distinctly from what came before, it reveals how Epperson is a deceptively somber performer at times.

Epperson as a vocalist is not any sort of powerful singer. Rather, he is sometimes much closer to the wispy singing popularized (sadly, mainly after his death) of Nick Drake. He is at his singing best on “Stars,” which features a swaying groove that creates a beautifully romantic picture. It accurately paints an aural portrait of a romantic night under the stars. “As the stars shine down,” Epperson sings, as though he’s right there staring up at the night sky.

Although Epperson is more of a soft music artist, he nevertheless comes off like an authentic rocker during “Sick.” This one doesn’t have the reggae beat “At Your Door” has, yet Epperson sometimes has a Sting-like, faux reggae singing voice on it. It brings out a rare angry side in Epperson’s vocal character.

There’s plenty to recommend about this Falling Between the Stars album. For a first full-length, it’s a fantastic start! This is a very professional sounding effort, in addition to its wide sonic variety. This man can fit into the pop world, just as easily as he would not sound at all out of place on alternative rock playlists.

Of course, all this sonic adaptability would mean nothing without good songs, and Epperson writes really good, truly memorable songs. Each and every one is distinct and unique. Let’s hope this music lands in the right hands because Epperson is so naturally talented. It’s rare to hear an independent album that arrives as fully formed as this one is. It’s ready for the bigger buying public.
If you’re tired of all the junk on pop radios (haven’t we already had enough Psy?) this full-length should be a satisfying surprise. Richard Tyler Epperson is a fun little find. If he catches on big time, it won’t be a surprise. Let’s hope Falling Between the Stars doesn’t end up falling between the cracks.

Artist: Richard Tyler Epperson
Album: Falling Between the Stars
Review By: Dan MacIntosh
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)

Very Talented Musician

In today's commercialized music industry it is hard to find a genuinely talented musician. With that in mind, I found this Album to be an amazing feat for a solo artist that accomplished this practically all on his own. I really enjoyed the music but was truly inspired by the back story of an artist following his dream.

Justin

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