This new 7-track self-titled EP from artist, Mark Wayne Glasmire, is set for release on January 10th.
Track By Track Review:
“Last Of A Dying Breed”: An uptempo, optimistic song that’s an anthem to the working class man and values that don’t seem to hold true for most anymore.
“I Like You”: This fun, mid-tempo song put me in mind of a Jimmy Buffett song. I could picture myself down in the Florida Keys listening to this song with a bit of a tropical feel to it.
“Going Home”: This reflective, mid-tempo song reminded me a little of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”. Especially right at the beginning, but really throughout the tune. My favorite of the album about a man rethinking his decisions and a hint of an Irish feel. Especially enjoyed his voice on this one and the lyrics.
“The Last Goodbye”: This ballad was my least favorite on this album. Just a little too sleepy for me.
“She’s Got It All”: Another fun, uptempo song that I could picture played live in a bar in Texas with the beer flowing and crowds of people on the dance floor.
“Now I Believe”: Mid-tempo, optimistic song about love . Almost an Irish feel about the song, too.
“The Moment”: Reflective, melancholy ballad about rethinking decisions of the past.
I would recommend this album to anyone who enjoys a compelling voice with meaningful lyrics and strong melodies. I wouldn’t say that Mark Wayne Glasmire’s voice is the strongest or that he is the absolute best singer that I’ve heard, but there was something quite compelling and honest about this whole album. I would say he’s more of a songwriter than a singer. Very enjoyable to listen to. Sung from the heart by someone that I actually believe has lived these experiences that most can relate to and who have reached a point in their lives, also, that they are rethinking decisions of the past. Perhaps these are all decisions made by the young, rash man who has now grown a little older and wiser through his life experiences. Seems to be the theme of the album.
It is a slightly eclectic mix of songs, but heavily-rooted in country, folk, and, yes, even a little Irish influence in the album. Maybe that was just me hearing that, but that’s what I was put in mind of and since country was heavily-influenced by the Scotch/Irish settlers in the south, that makes perfect since. I could envision myself possibly in an Irish pub listening to some of these songs on the album enjoying a nice, frothy beverage when I wasn’t hanging out in the Florida Keys. Definitely worth a listen!
Rated 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.