Saturday, June 6, 2009

Review -- OVERSOUL -- No One Away

NO ONE AWAY
Oversoul
Independent
8-out-of-10
I don't usually do EP CDs, but in the case of Oversoul I'm glad to make an exception since the band is local, they are based in Canora, and they are darned good to boot.
Local music fans may remember Oversoul's lead singer Justin Toffan who won an 'idol-styled' competition at Holly's Nite Club in 2007, the same year the rocker was runner-up in the country-oriented Painted Hand Casino Idol. This guy has a great voice and endearing stage personality. The vocals on this CD are excellent.
Musically these guys are pure rockers. I am reminded of bands such as Art of Dying and Cold Driven
in terms not only of style, but quality.
Aaron Trach has penned the four songs here, and he shows a talent in that regard as well.
The title, and lead cut, is easily the best of the bunch, and should find radio play to raise awareness of the band, which of course is what an EP is designed to do.
Having heard Toffan and the band on several occasions as a judge, I expected nothing sort of what is delivered here. He is the best singer/performer, at least on the rock side of things, I have seen emerge locally in recent years, and as a unit, Oversoul deserves the spotlight.
If there is a disappointment here, it is the fact that there are only four songs. It has been a couple of years since the band and Toffan were in competitions, and I had hoped/expected a full album might have grown out of the 24-months since. Listeners are going to be left wanting more too, because the four songs here are just so good, you want to hear what else Oversoul has to offer.
Definitely a band that with a break could go places. Pick up this EP and help get them on their way.
You can check out Oversoul at myspace.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 20, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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