A lovely review of Let It Go, from my dear friend (and awesome musician) Dave Fields. Very grateful.
Dave Fields review of Mark Marshall’s LET IT GO by Dave Fields Big City Blues Magazine
First of all let me start of by saying that I’ve known Mark my whole life, and he’s my oldest, closest friend. Having said that, in my humble opinion Mark Marshall is one of the GREAT undiscovered rock/pop and beyond singers. Not to mention one of my favorite songwriters who continues to inspire me.
Wow, what can I say about this CD! The story line of the CD talks about love lost and the struggles of relationships.
Right from the first song, the title track LET IT GO, I got chills…. I can totally relate to the story of a love that goes totally wrong… and the sax on this track from Erik Lawrence is just blistering. INTO EACH LIFE SOME RAIN MUST FALL is a delightful version of the Ella Fitzgerald classic featuring Lara Hope on vocals and Neil Alexander on piano. FROM THE INSIDE has a flavor of George Michael but done in a Mark Marshall flavor. The little ditty LITTLE BUTTONS smacks of a Cheryl Crow / Tom Petty original, but Mark showcases his vocal prowess – as he does on LOVER PLEASE. Wow! I love this track! The video also blew me away. Mark’s haunting vocal performance is one that all rock aficionados will LOVE! NEED TO BE AROUND is a fun rocker with outstanding background vocals. The arrangement features great dynamics and musical drama. THE WAY WE LOVE is a beautiful loving ballad where Mark really features the most beautiful, light, heart wrenching part of his vocals. It got me right in the heart… And yes, the song is a heart wrenching story. Also I love the chord changes and how every note punctuates every emotion of the storyline of the song. BUTTON UP YOUR OVERCOAT is a “Beatlesque” version of the timeless classic. I love the Brian May guitar parts!!!! YEAH BABY! EPILOGUE is a musical flight where Mark takes the listener into the clouds into a new realm where hope is eternal. After listening I was left wanting more…
One last thing, being that I am a huge Mark Marshall fan I was hoping to hear more of his searing guitar work. He was my guitar teacher! I’m ready for another lesson – LOL!
Love you Mark! Your fans are going to LOVE this CD!