You may not have heard of Albert Man, but he definitely deserves your attention. His melodic, piano driven rock music grabbed my attention from the first listen and his latest 6-track EP, Nothing of Nothing Much is just as good if not better. It’s a great collection of catchy ballads that gives me more than just a passing reminder of the likes of Toploader, Randy Newman and maybe even a little Elton John (minus the Liberace-esque glam and sunglasses!).
Excluding the live bonus track, the EP was recorded in Pete Townshend’s floating “Grand Cru Studio” and produced by Rhys Downing (Mark Ronson, Action Bronson, The Subways) and backed up by some very talented session musicians with suitably impressive CVs!
The EP opens with the catchy, feel good number I Feel Like Dancing which is about how your favourite record makes all of life's downs melt away. It flows subtly into the reminiscent and lovely Diamond in the Rough before hitting the cracking Riding Shotgun. Riding Shotgun is a proper sing-along number that will make a brilliant addition to anyone's summer soundtrack for 2017 and beyond.
You Had Me At Hello is another beautiful ballad, this one is fuller sounding with wonderful vocal harmonies provided by Albert and Collette Williams and bolstered with beautiful violin from Sarah Lynch. An equally lovely live version of the track also features as a bonus on the EP.
The closing (studio) track, Do You Think About Me? Is a more melancholy number than the previous four but it’s equally well written and performed and a superb closing track for a superb effort.
As a whole, the EP is a modern twist on 80’s tinged piano pop-rock and it’s genuinely excellent.
When the time to have a listen, it may surprise you to learn that Albert Man is not a signed artist and in my humble opinion that’s sacrilege. His music is excellent and more than deserving of label representation. This EP shows off his talents perfectly and I hope it brings him the success he deserves and if you haven’t already, make sure you have a listen, you won’t regret it.