Melancholy 2nd Place lends a feeling of uncertainty, of losing ground with someone special — "When I see you face to face, I feel alone, so alone" – This serious, nostalgic song deserves a home in an Indie Film, or made-for-TV movie drama.
Darker in tone, intense Different uses heavy guitars and blistering drums behind bold lyrics to describe a certain hopeless rage against changes in behavior of people we used to be close to.
Songs such as Do You Know Me, and Happening Too Fast continue the somber theme of loss of friendship, while touching ballad One True Friend speaks of the ultimate separation, the death of a good friend — "At 458 everything changed, I know you're ok at heavens gate."
Turning to the more upbeat offerings, strings, electric piano and guitar speak of Be With You, as in, a strong need to! It’s both heartwarming and sad, being not quite sure of where we stand with this beloved one.
Energetic Step Up really picks up the pace, not only in the beat, but also the ambience. This Pop Rock track is ready to let bygones be gone, and focus on tomorrow.
Commercials and Indie Films shine with the emotional, yet exuberant strains of Stow Away, another tune about being with you, wherever you are, and with whatever you are going through. This one’s more about support than longing.
Michael Raphael’s album finishing with a fitting tribute to human emotional complexities, with funky, rockin' Unlock Your Soul. Electric bass and guitar, and grooving drums lead the way, and keep it intense for Commercials, Home Videos, and Indie Films.
The strongest element of Raphael’s style is his stream of consciousness lyrics, but the underlying instrumentation, especially great guitar solos give a lot of scope for Smartsound's Mood Mapping capability. With, or without the vocals, his style is distinctive, like modern folk music, with human emotions as the theme; acoustic-sounding, but with the electric edge.
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