REECE MASTIN – CHANGE COLOURS (2015)
Release Date: 9th October 2015
℗ 2015 Reece Mastin (Social Family Records)
- You Could Be Wild
- I Don’t Love You Anymore
- Heartache Blues
- You Gotta Go
- Down to Earth (feat. Alys Ffion)
- For You
- Stand up Be Proud
- Caged Paradise
- Right out of Me
- We’ve Already Won
- Even Angels Cry
- Change Colours
Immediately Lockdown has your toes a tapping as Reece Mastin turns his tremendous vocal capacity to rock and roll in sensational style, but there is plenty of style diversity and contemporary sound blending to have you looking forward to following tracks.
You Could Be Wild is certain to be a fan favorite due, not only to its catchy harmony but also the characteristic maturity to Reece’s voice, peppered with notes and tones that really are celebration of his youthful vocal familiarity. This track concentrates primarily on vocal track but with beautiful accompaniment loaded with subtle excellence.
I Don’t Love You Anymore is upbeat in musical direction to the point where the lyrics become almost a celebration of their gloomy storyline. Reece sings ‘I’m sorry’ but honestly sounds decidedly delighted with the looming separation. Upbeat breakdown at its finest. A terrific track.
Heartache Blues is a very catchy track in an 80’s pop format, albeit quite solemn. Beautifully delivered by Reece to the accompaniment of divine backing voice.
Upbeat and rock meets R&B is the majestic and powerful track You Gotta Go and whether it be the inspirational surrounds of Freight Train Studio or the tremendous cameo delivered by Jimmy Barnes himself, you can sure hear the generous sprinklings of Cold Chisel influence. From piano to guitar and slightly gritty vocal delivery, you can sure hear the inspiration. Additionally, with the brilliant Chris Cheney (The Living End) providing the guitar excellence, it’s really no wonder this track sounds so very special.
Down To Earth is a vast change in pace from its predecessor, but is truly a beautiful track, complete with the angelic accompaniment of Mahalia Barnes. This track is certain to be a hit amongst fans and is a remarkable demonstration of the musical maturity, growth and development Reece has accomplished. Tremendous vocal range and duo perfection, as the couple are lyrically and romantically entwined in magnificence. Stevie Blacke provides his wealth of talent and knowledge to the strings within this track, and when you consider his unbelievable list of compositions and accomplishment, particularly with contemporary artists, the sheer magnitude of this piece can be thoroughly appreciated.
For You is vocally reminiscent of Reece in younger days, but just as you picture the face of that young 2011 lad, we are met with a quite charmingly sung, but none the less malevolent exclamation. Do we detect the aroma of smouldering detestation as venom is spat at the less than savoury subject? Very, very clever track indeed.
Stand Up Be Proud is another change in musical direction, complete with tempo alterations keeping the track vibrant and aurally appealing and the likeminded are rallied to camaraderie.
Caged Paradise brings us to challenge where remaining still is the object of the exercise. The mid might lyrical delivery coupled with soulful melodies will render you helpless to resist the sway hither and thither. Statues of stone would be toe tapping to this gem. And really now wonder with Mark Lizotte (Diesel) lending his tremendous skills to the creative and musical aspects of the track.
Right Out Of Me takes me straight back to the origins of Australian rock with its melodies of days gone by and restrained, yet impressive riffs. This is a truly killer song, primarily because sections of the song will have the listener drawing presumed references with exclamations of ‘this sounds exactly like…’. The inherent genius in a track like this, which really doesn’t come along very often, is its familiar qualities representative of so many styles, but is not copied or stylised to an individual sound, thereby attributing the artist with true ownership. Its will sound extremely familiar in certain sections, but I challenge the listener to settle on a definitive reference. Bravura.
We’ve Already Won is yet another highlight and yet, quite unique to the remainder of the album. Reece reaches vocal extremes you and I mere mortals can only aspire to. This track will be ‘owned’ by so many as it is applied to personal endeavours and relationships. It will be utilised for commercial applications and I have not a skerrick of a doubt, it will be proudly bless contemporary wedding ceremonies on mass.
Even Angels Cry is a touching and beautiful track and from a musical perspective, again celebrates the tremendous talent made manifest in Reece Mastin. Solemn and soulful, it will speak volumes to so many.
The title track in Change Colours will be a certain winner among traditional fans maturing right alongside Reece and contemporary music lovers in general. This completes the journey in sensational form as the backing vocals presented in hymn like choral delivery, hallmark the tremendous qualities of this composition. The lead guitar solo completes the changing colours of this track beautifully, and the metronymic note finale, delivers a mood synonymous with the relentless passage of time and ongoing journey.
I desperately attempt to resist coining a cliché, but this magnificent album truly has something for everyone. A gargantuan display of musical maturity and a thrilling achievement overall. Those who voted for Reece in 2011 need no reassurance, but this collection of work is a vindication for the audience and their ability to identify a rising star. Reece Mastin shuffles off the boyish appeal and completes his metamorphosis into the genuine article of diverse musical talent.