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In this era of Chris Carrabba, it seems that every man under the age of 30 who can play acoustic guitar has suddenly decided that they have suffered years of emotional oppression and that, damn it, they are ready to tell the world about it. Behind a nearly tangible wall of tears and embarrassing emotional out bursts naturally. This degree of "emo" lyrical content and cliché tracks about the girl who broke your heart has absolutely saturated the world of solo man with guitar music.
Enter Rocky Votolato who thankfully brings a completely mature attitude to the plate. Maturity however, doesn't mean he sacrifices any emotional power. He simply delivers this power intelligently without embarrassing himself or anyone else. His voice is powerful and bleeding emotion, but it does so without whining or breaking. He sings with such conviction that he is demanding your attention, and you are grateful to give it. What's even more welcome is that he is singing about more than relationships. There are more than one kind of heartbreak in this world and Rocky understands that. Topics such as death, politics, abuse, addiction and many other degrees of heartache and suffering are all covered with compassion and overwhelming insight. He also understands that from every dark period in life there is hope on the other side. He fills his songs both with the sense of loss and pain associated with such hurtful topics, but he also instills hope and optimism.
Ultimately this is one of the best albums in recent memory and anyone who enjoys simple but powerful music owes it to themselves to give this a look.
I got it about exactly a month early because I went to the show, but it came out today so go pick it up. If you want something a little more drab go pick up the EP.
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I dunno wich album I like better, Burning My Travels Clean, or this one. To be honest with you I think all of his albums are equally amazing. Nobody compares...nobody!Published on January 22, 2006 by David J. Miller
You always see 5 stars because the only people that comment are those that like the band. This is another story. I got hooked on Rocky from a friend, and was immersed ever since. Read morePublished on December 8, 2005 by mph275
I've just started listening to him recently, and so far I've enjoyed everything I've heard from him. Hes a great vocalist who just seems to capture you in his music. Read morePublished on April 5, 2005 by Dan P
from his first album to the present, rocky has always written music that is truly affective and infectious. Read morePublished on February 3, 2004 by M. Schott
i saw him live at the backside records in burbank,california..and i think he kicked ass so buy itPublished on January 29, 2004 by chris
His lyricks are so raw and real matched with fun and catchy guitar sound and beats. Beautiful voice that can change moods suddenly but not harshly. Awesome range.Published on January 29, 2004 by Roni