Latest Album Review of Ed Hale & the Transcendence’s Great Mistake
Ed Hale and The Transcendence
The Great Mistake
Ed Hale is a man that certainly likes to keep himself busy. He began his career at the age of 17 as Eddie Darling, and hasn’t really slowed down since. Be it as a singer/songwriter, author, or activist, he is always up to something. He speaks six languages, and records both as a solo artist, and in his group, Ed Hale and The Transcendence. Hale has released four albums as a solo artist, and The Great Mistake is his sixth full-length with The Transcendence.
Accompanying Hale’s vocals and guitar is lead guitarist Fernando Perdomo, bassist Roger Houdaille, keyboardist Allan Gabay, and drummers Bill Sommer and Ricardo Mazzi. Together they create a dozen pop/rock tunes on The Great Mistake reminiscent of 70s and 80s era David Bowie, Queen, and The Cars.
The Great Mistake is a turn from Ed Hale and The Transcendence’s previous albums. It’s not trying to be deep or complex this go round. Its aim is much more straightforward and fun. Like repeated punches to the gut, you get blast after blast of quick rockers that rarely break the three minute mark.
I was a bit concerned when I pushed play on opening track “ManChildWoman.” I certainly get that they were looking to kick-start the album with this track, but it just didn’t work for me. I would rather it have start with second track ”Monday.” It’s more pop than rock, had a great hook and will get stuck in your head. While I enjoyed the way Perdomo’s guitar drives the rock tunes, I found that I generally preferred the tunes that leaned more toward the pop side on The Great Mistake. Still, “Carol’s Catastrophe” and it’s “All the Young Dudes” vibe proves that Ed Hale and The Transcendence are more than capable of making a classic sounding rocker as well.
Overall The Great Mistake is a fun, rocker of an album. Hale shows that he is capable of creating some really good tunes that are centered around a nice poppy hook. It’s nice to hear his band take a step back to a more relaxed and simpler sound, though at times it does seem to be a bit too relaxed. Lyrically the songs are far from challenging, but the result is an entertaining album that sounds like a group of musicians that enjoy making music rather than trying to achieve something greater through it. It is just rock n’ roll after all, isn’t it?
Key Tracks: Monday, I Remember You, Carol’s Catastrophe
Kevin Kozel – Sr. MuzikReviews.com Staff
May 18, 2013