Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Review -- LUKE RYALLS -- The City

THE CITY
Luke Ryalls
Pining For Our Records Records
8-out-of-10

Luke Ryalls calls himself an indie, acoustic, pop performer. All right, that about covers it.
Ryalls, who hails from Saskatoon, will be known to some as the long-time lead singer of The Fjords.
With The City, Ryalls has embarked on a solo path, offering up a disk with nine songs, all self-penned.
The music comes across as deeply personal. The songs are sung with an intimate passion borne of being close to the material.
You notice the intimacy and passion immediately on a song such as Cautious Eyes, one of the best on the album.
That said, Ryalls sings from deep within himself on every cut here. The vocals on Be The One are powerful. The Snow Road plays real. The list goes on.
The depth of the lyrics matches up nicely with the passion of Ryalls as a performer too. The words here are worth listening too — worth digesting — worth understanding.
Ryalls is a performer I’d love to see live in a small, intimate venue such as 5th Avenue Coffee. The songs come across as so personal on the disk, that the live connection would likely be quite electric.
This is certainly an impressive CD which deserves a larger audience. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed.
Check it out at www.lukeryalls.ca
— CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 16, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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