"The Dearly Departed and the Recently Returned" by Gregory Rhodes is a masterpiece that has captured my heart and soul. From the moment I heard the first note, I was hooked, and it was like a refreshing breeze on a warm summer's day. On the auspicious date of March 3rd, 2023, Rhodes unveiled his inaugural solo album, a sensational nine-track project that encapsulates decades of his music-making prowess.
The record opens with a bang, with "The Dearly Departed" - a fast-paced track that instantly injects energy and happiness into your soul. The guitar strings dance with lightning speed, while the drums thunder with wild abandon. Rhodes' vocals soar through the production like a bird in flight, faultlessly echoing the joyous melody. Next up, "Synesthesia" takes center stage - a true beauty that showcases Rhodes' incredible talent as a one-man band. The striking melody weaves a spellbinding tapestry of sound that feels otherworldly, transporting you to a place of pure sonic bliss. It's hard to believe that this work of genius was crafted by one man alone. But the standout track for me is "Love Song For Catherine". It begins with a soft twinkle, gradually building in intensity and anticipation. The production alone is romantic, and when the lyrics and vocals kick in, it's pure magic.
"I Wanna Be An Original" is a throwback to a bygone era, with many twists and turns that tug on your heartstrings, despite the loud production. "Good Medicine", on the other hand, is like a balm for the soul. Fragile and gentle, it washes over you like waves, bringing a sense of calm to your being.
As we move into "Religion", the production takes on a happy, upbeat feel. The guitar strings are cheerful and lively, harmonizing perfectly with the other melodies. It's a light-on-its-feet track that will have you smiling and tapping your feet. "Imposter Syndrome" follows, with its feel-good melody and cheery vibe. It's the perfect track for a movie soundtrack, and it will leave you feeling uplifted and positive. Finally, we end our journey with "The Recently Returned" - a beautiful and hopeful track that screams of new beginnings. The production is infectious, making you want to dance and smile along with the music. It's the perfect ending to a stunning album, leaving you with a sense of hope and joy that will stay with you long after the final notes have faded away.
Words simply cannot do justice to the sheer brilliance of this album, you'll most certainly get blown away by every single track, making it quickly soar to becoming one of your favourite albums.
I implore you to head over to Spotify and give "The Dearly Departed and the Recently Returned" album a listen. And make sure to follow Gregory Rhodes, because I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of an excellent musical journey for this rising artist.