Late in the summer, I ran a post for the single of Josh's upcoming album, Got Love? You know I love my out and proud rockers! The title song was a great rocking single, perfect for his gritty vocals. So I have purchased the album, and as with his other music, I love it. I'll get the shallow part out of the way early. Josh is quite hot, and when I seew video of him playing his low-slung guitar, I melt a little. Which he does in this live version of the first single - the official video was in the prior post.
The new release has 12 songs, all very good. I think Josh is rocking a little harder these days, and I am liking that very much. To Be Today kicks off the album, with a sweet opening that quickly moves to some solid guitar work. The sweet voice quickly moves aside for the growl I love. Then the title tune comes out, with a strong message and a guitar that blasts from the get-go. '
Black white doesn’t matter, gay, straight, thin, or fatter
When love is the answer, got no more fear…Got Love!
I Thought You Loved Me is next, and it is rock with a punk edge. The driving beat is matched with the intensity of the unrequited love. Let Love In returns to a more stadium rock approach, more melodic in nature and a a chorus that tells a lover "Love should be easy…love shouldn’t be so hard. Love can be healing…just let your guard down." Mother I is a wonderful song, offering thanks to what his mother taught him, including rocking with a slight alt.rock feel. Then If Prayer steps up to the plate, showing off a more soulful side, complete with the astonishing lyrics "If prayer is you really talking to GOD, Then listen to your gut cause GOD is talking to you." I Fall In Love Again slows it down and uses the piano to drive the ballad, and Josh's voice smooths it out and warms my heart. When We Dance adds a bit of Spanish flavor to charge the uptempo rock to another level, and really brings up the sexual quotient as well. Whoo!
My Inspiration is a highly personal song, a mid-tempo ballad that mixes up the feel with some interesting acoustic guitar and a little horn action. Take reminds me a bit of the 80s bands I loved, with tempo changes and at times a ska feel. The next song is so timely, called Our Wedding Song. It starts with a rocky version of the Wedding March, and then establishing what he wants to say with the third line "And here we are with friends and family gathering to watch us as we cry With tears of joy that remind us who we are and where we were." The final cut is Small Percentile, which returns to the ska feel, with a bit of 70s adult film score, with the wah-wah of the guitar. The search for love is never easy, is it?
So I love the album, and am just so damn glad I bought it. Josh's music makes me happy, and a little hot. Can't ask for much more, can you? I've never seen him play live, but I think I have to do that sometime, and hopefully soon. Here is a video from an earlier album, Out From Under. The song is Something Inside, a really sexy number.
You can buy this album at iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon. You can find out what Josh is up to at his website here.