Album Review: Goodbye Silence – Thoughts In Boxes LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


This band is truly a breath of fresh air, and takes me back to a realm where spicey guitar riffs, a punchy rhythm section, and catchy vocal melodies were the key to great songwriting, and strong likability from the first listen. This Oregon based group has just that–those defining factors from the glory days of 90s Rock, Alternative, and elements of everything else you loved about that time period.

Alt/Rockers, Goodbye Silence, with their LP Thoughts In Boxes do exactly what I described above. They put together a collection of dynamically written, riffy, and undeniable catchy tunes that is bound to draw in all ears that come by this record. 

First thing I noticed whenever a new song started was how amazingly crafty the band is. You never hear the same track twice. Each one offers up different measures of tempo changes, riff dynamics, and vocal structures that explore a very gifted, charismatic, and nose to the grindstone vocal melodies with witty characteristics to show that this vocalist isn’t messing around. 

Album opener “Like An Ocean” starts things out great with great guitar tones that really bring out the energy in the vocal melodies, while the pounding rhythm section ties everything together. And this rhythm section has one powerful thing going for them that makes their role in the band most crucial–precision. The smooth bass lines and hard hitting drum chops really solidify this band’s energy and it’s made apparent from the very beginning.

Moving onto title track “Thoughts In Boxes”, we have an excellent ambient guitar picking riff that parallels drumstick rim shots. A fun intro that leads into a powerful yet familiar guitar progression that not only works, but has a great vocal melody to put differentiation to any other song that may use this progression. And it gets more powerful as it cruises on. Most amazing part is this song sounds almost nothing like its predecessing track, but you can tell it’s still coming from the same band.

Onto my personal favorite, “Long Gone”. This song to me has it all. Insatiable song structure, the best vocal usage thus far (both melody and lyrics), and has that feel of a hit song straight from the 90s, but also sustains staying power by integrating today’s rock sensibility. This song is very guitar-driven, and the vocal melodies are as memorable as they can get. This one takes first prize to me in every way.

Throughout this album, you hear influences from some of your favorite rockers from yesterday and today. I hear a lot of Chris Cornell-ish vocal melodies and range, but still very much original and raw with lovable charisma. You hear a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers influence in some of the riffs, but strictly just as an influence, because these riffs offer up something new and dynamic in every track. 
In Thoughts In Boxes, one thing that makes this album the gem that it is: there’s something for everyone. And like stated before, you get something new in every track. There’s nothing repetitive, everything is tight and precise, and this is definitely an album you can blast in your car quite often. It definitely belongs on your shelf of favorites. And one last thing…how genuine this band is. No post-production theatrics, no EDM-doused “experimentation” or pretentious nonsense; just a terrific Rock album you’ll be more than stoked you discovered. This band keeps it totally real, and that’s one of the best characteristics they portray. I couldn’t praise this album enough.

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Album Review: Daryl Yahudy – Soulful Life Within LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Atlanta has always sported some of the most insatiable talent. And with Daryl Yahudy taking center stage of the review board with his album Soulful Life Within, we get some more of ATL’s most finest.

All I gotta say is, this is the way R&B was meant to be. A true soul-to-soul experience from start to finish; the tenderness of well crafted vocals that parallel perfectly with every beat, progression, tempo, and writing structures that allow the perfect melodies to completely grasp your ears, and your heart. Most of all, Soulful Life Within grasps at your attention.

Yahudy is definitely no stranger to music. The rising star has put together a collection of tracks that leave you breathless, weightless, and absolutely elated. Each of these tracks offer up something new; something that showcases the singer in a different angle, making this album a joy to behold as you listen.

From subtle ballads like “Beauty Within” and “Get Up” to more upbeat fingersnappers like the catchiness from “Joy of Yah”, there are many key elements utilized for every track that demonstrate just how effective Daryl Yahudy‘s vocals are throughout the duration of this record. The music is very piano-oriented with an essence for ambience, good vibes, and a lovable nature that sets the bar high for the likability factor.

One thing you can not even dispute is the Soul of this record. The LP title is a very fitting one and the clean-cut image that Daryl Yahudy presents himself with reminds us that true R&B still exists, and it’s singers like him that keep the genre not just alive and well, but stronger than ever. In almost every track from Soulful Life Within, you can hear the perfect balance between yesterday and today’s sensibilities of R&B’s best efforts put on the industry table; worthy of something very big in the prospect of the rising artist’s future.

Believe me when I say that it doesn’t come often that true R&B makes its rounds anymore. And that’s what truly makes Daryl Yahudy‘s Soulful Life Within the gem that it really is. From production value that emphasizes on the singer’s strengths in melody and character, to the songwriting structures and progressive measures that ties it all together creating the perfect recipe for an album you are bound to love from the very first listen. All this while the sensuality of Yahudy‘s blissful vocals that sings straight to your heart, this is also the perfect album to get to know the artistic merit that this singer carries with him, and just how bright his future looks as a rising star.

I could literally talk about this album all night long, but instead of that, take a listen to Soulful Life Within instead, and feel that same soothing feeling that we at Artist Reach feel. You’ll be adding this album to your shelf of absolute favorites.

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Artist Review: Imani WJ Wright

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


It’s not often that I stumble upon an artist and decide to take him under the reviewer’s wing, but we’re gonna change the pace a bit here at the Artist Reach camp.

Sensuality, good vibes and a little Rock & Soul might be a few choice words for young and upcoming Artist/Producer Imani WJ Wright

Starting out in the business early, talented and serving as your own Producer is definitely the way to go. That’s why I have to tip my hat to Mr. Wright. His single, “Appreciation”, is a lovingly witty and soul-soothing track that is bound to draw in the ladies at first blush. For a debut single, I’d say he can accomplish just that. This song does one big thing though…it gets you pumped for the prospective future for the young Artist. I wanna hear what else this young man can do. Because he’s absolutely on the right track in every way; music and image alike.

If you have appreciation, no pun intended, for an up and comer ready to take sensuality, sexuality, and the heart and soul of music’s passion, Mr. Wright is right up your alley. I hear a man ready to take off and fly. He has his passport, plane ticket, and the jet ready, and this song walks me to the plane.

So again, I have to give major props to a young guy giving his heart and soul to true music that definitely won’t shy you away. “Appreciation” is a stunner for its alley of execution, and I’m dying to hear what move this guy makes next musically. I’m jet-ready, let’s get the plane to take off!

This single is definitely on the Wright track! Double-pun completely intended.

Now his other single, “Make Me”, shows a different side to Imani WJ Wright, but still utilizes the same elements within his content and overall execution. This song allows you to get to know the fellow artist a little bit more, and explore what he has to offer as an artist that does it the DIY way.

This song offers up more edge and production value. Each measure is well crafted and keeps you listening and adds more character depth to his music and image. This is definitely a great follow-up from the predecessing track.

With the great R&B vibe still in the forefront, this song definitely will capture your heart and put some soul into you. It entices you to research more into Imani WJ Wright as an artist and persona. 

These are some solid tracks for this young man, and we at Artist Reach would like you to check them out. It’s not often that we Review an artist on-the-spot or happen upon them, but this seemed like the right occasion. 

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Album Review: Rocky Jones – “Welcome To Vultureville” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


I have a lot of Hip Hop of all prototypes come through our platform. Some artists are veterans while others may be just starting out. And for this 24-year old up & comer from Trenton, New Jersey, we have an up & comer that hit the ground running.

This young fresh artist goes by Rocky Jones, a very charismatic and passionate artist that decided to come out of the gate with something that will give people the first and best impression upon discovery; and that ear-grabbing effort is his LP Welcome To Vultureville. A collection of tracks that not only showcases Jones‘ writing and performing abilities, but done in a way where every song could easily be deemed an anthem, with some of the best production value today’s Hip Hop could offer.

Starting out with track 1 we have the Soul-driven “Passion 4 Paper”,  a great track opener with a strong presence of vocal delivery, rhythmic flow with versatility, and a very effective progression in the overall execution of the song that perfectly parallels the high quality production value. This track will definitely entice you to keep listening.

Following up with “Single for the Summertime”, which landed as #1 on the Beatscore Weekly Top 25, we have an energetic and upbeat song that does perfect justice to the title. An anthem that dynamically expresses the perks of summertime, and with a positive edge that touches on today’s mainstream market in a very effective way. This also an anthem for the ladies, and about the ladies. So DJs should definitely be adding this one to their spin list at the club.

Now “Baby Don’t Change” is another upbeat banger with undeniable hooks and production value. The charisma in this track is very evident, and adds spice to the overall projection of the content, mood, and overall signature sound that Jones delivers on every track. No matter the mood, content, or subject matter, Jones knows how to integrate his persona in all the proper places as an artist. And this track, is indeed another demonstration of that.

With the sexually scandalous “Side Nigga”, we definitely have the laid-back track on the album, however, with a great lyrical twist. Everyone wants a side piece once in awhile. And in this version, we get to see it through a different perspective. It’s a tale of wanting to be chased instead of doing the chasing. You wanna be her side piece. Rather than her being ours. Stroke of genius in the content. A rhythmic flow with the perfect attitude in vocal delivery, and one of my personal favorites on this LP.

With the next track “Brother’s Keeper”, we have a great mix of what we’ve heard so far on this LP, and all the elements that make this album as effective as it is. There’s a more relaxed vocal delivery, but the R&B sensibilities really help carry the torch on this one and definitely thrusts the likability factors into overdrive. 

Last but not least, “Summer’s Over” is another anthemic and powerful R&B oriented track that combines an insatiable mix of yesterday’s and today’s mainstream Hip Hop sensibilities. This one has the signature sound we’ve come to love about this album so far, and is a perfect track for almost any mood. Jones really knows how to hit it out of the park with his charisma and rhythmic flow techniques. And just like every predecessor we’ve heard, this track fits the Rocky Jones formula. And for an up & comer, I’m incredibly excited to hear what he comes out with later on as his career manifests.

Welcome to Vultureville LP is definitely one of the best Hip Hop albums that has come through our network from a fresh artist. With this LP, Rocky Jones is armed with something that a lot of Artists lose sight of for success: an album of killer songs! Pick this record up as soon as you can. You will have a hard time believing that something this mind blowing came from a young, fresh artist.

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Artist Review: SR Gent

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


In today’s Pop & Hip Hop integrated culture, there’s a lot of dime-a-dozen politics that any critic could knit pick. Then, on the contrary, there are other musicpreneur/bloggers that actually listen to the music and find the appreciation for an artist’s craft. That’s a philosophy we are shining a light on with Atlanta Singer/Hip Hop recording artist SR. Gent with his most recent release, Canorous Camisado LP. A fun, witty, and versatile 26-track album with many twists, turns, and likability factors that carry lyrical club themes that definitely adds to the energy of the content.

With his first track “Aloha”, we have a subtle, pleasant, and well-put-together song with some great hooks that bring out the best of each element the track offers. Meanwhile, “Asocial” is a more upbeat club banger that puts an energy in the playing field that resonates with its predecessor, but all the more shows a more dynamic side to SR‘s execution in his signature songwriting and style.

Now “Don’t Let Me Down” has by far one of the catchiest hooks I’ve heard in quite some time. With SR‘s sing-songy style during the verses, it perfectly parallels the chorus along with the production value. If there’s a radio #1 hit that comes from this album, this track holds the crown. 

The chant-worthy “Turn Up Boot Up” once again touches on the sing-songy style, this time with an insatiable gang-vocal chorus that could draw in some relentless crowd participation. And again, we have a ton of versatility with the production value; which not only showcases the most effective way to present SR‘s vocal style, but the beat structures as well. There are some great producers that have contributed to these tracks.

If you’ve made it this far into the LP, then the rest of this record should easily stay in the limelight. Each song offers up something different, however SR. Gent‘s signature sound stays in the stratosphere no matter what approach he takes on.

A little behind the music: Lester R. Smith (also known as SR. Gent) is a passionate Entrepreneur, Artist, Songwriter, and proud Father who dwells in Atlanta, Georgia. Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, his unwavering love for music began early on. The unfortunate loss of his mother at age six, among various other childhood hardships led him down a path of improvement for not only himself, but his family as well. He made a promise to strive for a better life daily, which is a promise he still keeps to this day. 

Currently, SR. Gent is the Owner of LTP inc, an independent record label, which he is also signed to along with his label mates CashOnAble, Alpha Prince, and Stefanello. Prior to his musical journey, SR. Gent was enlisted in the U.S. Army during 2007 and medically retired in 2014 after serving in Korea, Germany, and Afghanistan. It wasn’t until 2013 (at age twenty eight) that SR. Gent started writing and recording music. 

However, he has been writing poetry since the young age of thirteen, making the transition into the realm of music virtually seamless. SR. Gent is well-known for his depth of words, electrifying delivery, and one-of-a-kind, attention-grabbing melodies. While managing a record label and being a full-time father are of primary focus, he is also a graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music.



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Artist Review: K-Son Judah – “Before The Greenlight” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


There are some full-length releases from many iconic artists in the past (most notably: the 90s) where you just don’t skip over one track. No need. Because whether it’s a collection of tracks that aim at several matters of subjects, or even a straight-forward concept, there’s a message that’s manifested throughout every song that will definitively have you revisiting that track; or in this case, album…from start to finish

And thus, this formula fits perfectly with Hip Hop Pioneer K-Son Judah‘s Before The Greenlight LP. An anthemic, powerful, and non-repetitive Hip Hop Album that pays homage to many different every day struggles, and his push towards success.

Right from the jump, we have a track appropriately titled “From Jump”, starting things off with a middle-eastern style melody in the beat’s catchy and buildup approach. K-Son‘s voice completely carries the torch with this as the buildup brings you light at the end of the tunnel with his clever lyricism and witty rhyming skills, which gets you in the mood for what comes next.

We come to “Lounging Freestyle”, perfect for the 90’s homage and even raps about it. This one has a strategic 4/4 tempo that utilizes an R&B sensibility that shows a whole different side to K-Son, and it’s a refreshment to hear this kind of variety and versatility. You can definitely piece together the musical influences that he’s had over the years, but however, still holds the golden keys to a signature sound that can be recognized.

Next up is “B.K.S. (Best Kept Secret). A straight forward anti-hater track banger that lifts K-Son‘s level to keep the skeptics at bay, and for the haters to back up a few steps…or yards in this manner. This is one for the Sony xPlodes sound system, and your club’s energy-lifter.

Then we come to “So Gone Challenge”, taking the tone down a bit from its predecessor, we have a witty bar-for-bar and narrative-style that even displays some very clever comparisons to some of today’s artist greats like Biggie, Snoop Dogg, DMX, and some others. It has a very uplifting 50s/60s approach that beautifully fits right in the beat’s balance and composure. This is a memorable track you’ll be taking notes on.

Now next track, “Bakers Dozen”, condones more of an industrial approach, but still boasts a brilliant likability factor. K-Son never fails to impress you with his “mic-check” introductions to grab your attention and eventually, you end up sucked into every measure of the song regardless. This track I believe shows a great amount of diversity now that we’re in the mid-range of the album, and it keeps your spirits lifted as you green light your audio player through this song, then to the next track.

“Elevators” is definitely the chill-out track on this album. Though K-Son brings a powerful overtone with him, he can still manage to hop on board with a more subtle song structure. This once again demonstrates his versatility, likability, and diversity among his skills as a songwriter altogether. This one is great for the soul.

Now “I Don’t Wanna” is one of the two anchor singles that have been sailing the ship forward for this LP. You’ll understand why when you listen. It has a piano-oriented yet energetic vibe that comes with some female sex appeal in the intro and chorus. This track I believe brings all the goods, ranging from content, continuity, charisma, and character. This is a great first impression for this LP, and helps it create the hype necessary for its prototype and complex.

With the next track, “Keep It Moving Skit”, we have something that helps tie these tracks together and bring out K-Son‘s persona. His voice is still in the forefront with the defining factors that make not only this album what it is, but he as a Rapper as well. Take a listen to this one, and you’ll hear a demonstration of a well put-together stew — where all the ingredients are just right, otherwise it’s just a soup. Pay attention to this track if the predecessors have intrigued you the same way it did for us.

Then we have “Back To Business”, hit single #2 on behalf of this album’s marketing. Now comparatively, this is great to show off as a track that has different dynamics. While “I Don’t Wanna” gave you an entirely different taste of energy, this song definitely shines light on a much different kind of versatility with K-Son‘s approach. So I believe both singles, regardless of the order they were released, did wonders to really bring out the artistic merit this LP offers.

“Last Tears” is hands down a spilling of emotions, and presented very effectively. From what I possibly anticipated as a ballad threw me off guard, but that’s one of K-Son‘s most effective tricks; expect the unexpected. This portrays a vast array of emotions, and maybe even a spilling of guts. However you look at it, this is one you’ll be passing around to your friends at the very least.

Now we have “Shook Ones Challenge”, another anthemic chill-out track but with that same dose of energy that K-Son always puts his signature on. You’ll love the wordsmith-worthy rhymes in this one too, where you soon begin to capture and adore the writing formula he has. This one really puts it on the table, meanwhile, while playing his cards close to the vest — no hints, just hits. Campaign slogan perhaps?

“Taking Off” comes at you with an 80’s drumbeat and never lets up — enough said! Just listen to this one!

Then we conclude with “Deep Cover” we have a self-reflective track accompanied by a smooth bass line. This is a tale of angst, hard riding, and making sure that you never go unnoticed or inactive. The clever use of samples is what grabbed me on this one, and just brought something fun for the mix. This is a message for the skeptics, critics, and doubters. And rightly so.

If you’re looking for the next anthem to tickle that G-Spot for the love of Hip Hop, K-Son Judah comes out swingin’ with Before The Greenlight. Besides the insatiable versatility, you won’t hear the same song twice from this artist. This is not just a Rapper to listen to, but to also research into as well. I guarantee his artist development has a lot of stories that go with it. But no matter what you do. Visit your favorite Music Streaming App and download this album! We at Artist Reach give a greenlight to Before The Greenlight!



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Artist Review: Jerome “J-Easy” Weaver

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

An inspirational sound and vibe that caresses the soul, Jerome “J Easy” Weaver captivates audiences from all over the landscape with his world-class Jazz sound with beautiful integrations of Swing, Bossa-Nova, and R&B moods. 

Both of his releases, “Just Me” and “Cooling Water” offer up many magical and inspirational qualities in Weaver‘s self-written and self-produced compositions. With great classical uses of Caribbean style drum tempos, Saxaphone leads, and well-polished guitar progressions, we have an innovative and dynamic sound that is soothing, beautifully crafted, and universal with the advantage of bringing a traditional style of music to the table that could be booked at high class events, weddings, hotels, cruises, and just about anywhere.

Weaver‘s influences range from dynamic composers such as George Benson, Bill Withers, and Lee Ritenour. And he has been blessed to work with Presonus Studio One, Ableton Live, Falcon, and Band-In-A-Box; recording distributed exclusively through CD Baby.

As an artist, he gathers many personal inspirations from his wanderlust. He has been to many different countries, islands, as well as events that host his favorite genres of music. He is a true Jazz enthusiast and really brings his love for the genre to the forefront with his compositions. This is music for the soul and spirit, unconditionally. Weaver has been a professional Musician for years, and his showcase of talent is a joy to behold. If you love Jazz, then “Just Me” and “Cooling Water” will lift your spirits and remind you just how much of an impact this genre really is, and always has been.

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