Gordon unveils a well-crafted, beautiful album!
For his debut album, Gordon Roque takes us on a journey of lost love, relationships, and everywhere in between. It is both melancholy and confessional. His vocals are meaningful and passionate, and his piano provides the perfect support.
The album starts with "The Boy In The Room" which immediately provides the mood for the album. Gordon's vocals are haunting as he sings, presumably about himself, with his beloved piano as his friend. Reminiscent of Antony & the Johnsons, you can feel the longing in his voice.
"Villain" has a blues quality. It is with song that Gordon brings in other instruments, which complement him and his vocals nicely.
"The Devil Prayed" has a nice country-pop bounciness. While the lyrics are serious, you can't help but sing along.
You can hear the appreciation in Gordon's voice in "Up To You". He's found himself, and you can recognize that in both lyric and music.
Can a sad love song exist? Perhaps in "Pale Sunshine". Sparse vocals and piano bring the mood into place. This continues with "Tears In Savannah". The band is brought back on "Coral Sky", which only support Gordon, without overwhelming. His voice holds steady and strong.
"Fear" is breathtaking. Not quite a ballad, it is melancholy and strong. The build-up is fantastic. Gordon has taken a stand. You can feel the strength in his music, lyrics, and voice. Absolutely a stand-out track.
"Mr. Stranger" is what happens if you mix Tori Amos with Rufus Wainwright. A song about anonymous sex, this track holds its own.
"Confession" is another beatiful track. Gordon finishes the album quietly and meaningfully. However, the real treat for me is the hidden gem, "Swirl". By far my favorite, this song is one I adore. A true album closer with Gordon's voice soft and subtle over the piano.
All in all, this is the album of a man who has experienced love, loss, and life, but has no fear. The strength to move forward. As a debut album, I think it is produced well. The album flows well and Gordon does an excellent job with vocals and music. His lyrics are both heartfelt and meaningful. Highly recommended.