Title - ‘Ashley MacIsaac’ (Decca)
Artist - Ashley MacIsaac
Wow, what happened between Hi, How Are You Today? and this CD? What a big change! From fast, rocking instrumentals (on the former CD) to songs where any instruments take a back seat to singing (on the latter). The first song on the CD starts off well, but then Ashley (?) starts singing ... it's not that his voice is particularly bad, but the vocal tune just doesn't seem to go with the music the instruments are playing. As for the rest of the songs, well, I guess he did say he wanted to make a pop album. The vocals are the main focus - vocals aren't what drew me to Ashley MacIsaac's music, and with this CD as an example, they won't keep me listening, either, unfortunately. They're not terrible, just uninspired, I guess is the word!
Reviewed by Sarah Hickson