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Collateral Beauty by I, Alone Review

I, Alone

Collateral Beauty

By: Gabe Straight, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

In a world where it’s so hard to do everything alone, much harder doing it well, I give huge props to I, Alone for going out and making music on his own. Brandon Zastrow’s brainchild recently released the EP “Collateral Beauty” and is starting to gain some traction, and for good reason. This EP has a lot to like about it. For one, the production has a great pure sound to all of it, full and beefy, just the way I like it.

 

All I knew was alt-rock going into this project, so I didn’t know what to expect, so I was pleasantly surprised by a heavy string section in songs like “Sail” and especially the eastern flair the solo violin brings to “The Road,” which is by far my favorite part of the EP.  Nothing needs to be said about the backing band, other than the supreme tightness they share, but their performances take a back seat for this effort. This is a songwriting EP, first and foremost. In his press release, Zastrow highlights his efforts to constantly challenge himself by writing wholehearted and meaningful lyrics. Judging merely by the strain he puts on his voice, I sure believe him. His voice reminds me a bit of ADTR’s Jeremy McKinnon (the whole EP has a ADTR vibe, if ADTR stopped putting metalcore into their songs), but he clearly puts a lot of heart into what he’s saying.

 

Overall, this was a great effort, and I’m happy for I, Alone for doing what he’s doing. As someone who is also a songwriter always trying to improve, it’s great to see someone prioritize it as much as he does. If there’s any advice for Zastrow going forward, it’s so focus even more on his lyrics. I felt they were meaningful, but I didn’t know they were. If I, Alone came out with an effort with more specific lyrics while carrying the passion from Collateral Beauty, then we’d have a songwriting force of nature on our hands.

 

 

I, Alone “Good Fight” Lyric Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umFt2U3Z8qk

 

 

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