Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
With a sturdy voice, slick songs, a nice smile, and a macho name, newcomer Chad Brock has all the ingredients for life in the country limelight. And no, that's not necessarily a compliment (save maybe that part about the s... more »
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With a sturdy voice, slick songs, a nice smile, and a macho name, newcomer Chad Brock has all the ingredients for life in the country limelight. And no, that's not necessarily a compliment (save maybe that part about the smile): such traits are a dime a dozen in Nashville circa 1998. The CD is replete with soapy ballads like "You Made a Liar Out of Me" and "Ordinary Life" and party-time pop such as the Cajun-tinged, girl-at-the-lake-themed "Evangeline" and the jangly "Bingo Bull's-Eye" (sample lyric: "It's the right girl, the right guy, bingo, bull's-eye"). Chad Brock might be instantly digestible, but his music is about as exotic as mom's meatloaf. Those in tune with current-day country tones might want to check out the debut of this Florida-born former linebacker; those into original artistry had best look elsewhere. --Neal Weiss
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Only a couple missteps
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Chad Brock's debut album starts out nicely with the funky honky-tonk groove of "Going The Distance." The second song, "Evangeline," has skilled fiddle work and an appropriate-to-country story of boys remembering a pretty girl who has now gone elsewhere. "You Made A Liar Out Of Me" has pretty pop instrumentals, but the melody definitely has some flaws. "Bingo Bulls-Eye" is the worst song. The lyrics on that one are too simplistic in a bad way, and the instrumentals include boring and generic chords. Sometimes simplistic can be fine if the lyrics are formed in a way that draws emotion out of you, but that doesn't happen on "Bingo Bulls-Eye." "Ordinary Life" has already touched many lives with its lyrics about a man who goes after the big-time, and wants to return to his simple life with his loving family. "If It Were Up To Me" is a pretty fair song that is most clever with its title. "'Til I Fell For You" uses good rodeo comparisons to show the power love has - the good power, not the bad power. "Lightning Does The Work" is a rocker with Native-American undertones in the instrumentals. I love the what the lyrics of it say about getting things done and not just talking about it. "Unbreak My Heart" has a very traditional melody, and also has the clever hook-line that many of those classic country songs have. The last song, "I Wonder Where Love Goes," is introspective, and asks if love takes another form somewhere else after dying. A new idea, and not a silly one. Chad's voice on this album doesn't break new ground vocally, but he will draw you into his music."
Fresh newcomer combines strong voice with strong songs
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Chad Brock is an interesting blend. Think Collin Raye-meets-John Michael Montgomery. Aside from playing the part of the beefy, rugged cowboy very well, Brock has a solid voice with a respectable range. He is able to carry off hard rockers ("Lighting Does The Work") with a convincing edge, and still come off as a sentimental fool when it's time for the requisite ballads ("Ordinary Life"). Brock could easily sit back and enjoy the ride the way so many other Nashville stars do -- an average effort combined with good looks equals lots of sales. But instead, Brock sings his heart out on each track, making the record a fun listen. The songs are modern made-for-radio country (translation: catchy as hell) with a somewhat traditional feel creeping through. When he plays live, Brock often covers Merle Haggard and Lynyrd Skynyrd. You can feel both those influences on this solid and entertaining debut CD. Buy it now; see him live. Two years later, when there's a huge line and the tickets sell out, you'll wish you had."
Chad brock's piano players son....Phoenix, az
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Chad Brock puts alot of heart into his singing and his career. Hid new album is great. Every song on this album is terrific. I've been around chad quite a bit and I know he will go along way in the country industry."