Monday, May 7, 2012

Richard Cortez • [rec]ord

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Handsome and charming out singer/songwriter Richard Cortez has released a new EP, and you really should add it to your music collection. Richard combines Folk, Rock and Pop to make an enticing meal of music on [rec]ord. Starting with the first cut, The Poor Man's Love Song, Cortez has a charming conversational style that makes the song so intimate, so confessional, you can't help but love it. Here is a version Richard leading a group of kids from the Cooper City Community School Theater Camp.

No, that isn't the version that is on the album, but you can just tell by the warmth factor it is one you'll need to hear with your iPod on repeat. Hopefully, there will be a video coming soon that I will share with you all. The next cut is another charming song, A La Mode. It has a slice-of-life feel, with a stream-of-consciousness factor that reminds me what new love is all about, even when sitting at Denny's late on a weekend. There is a bouncy charisma to The Next Best Thing. I am telling you, I am listening and thinking about Burt Bacharach and Hal David, but know they having written anything this contemporary. The song has both whimsy and heart. The fourth track, Going Gone, has a sexiness that packs heat. It tells of the liberation of come to terms with yourself, and coming out. The final cut is Patsy Cline, a song that captures those moments Patsy always sang about, and so heartfelt. And it is a great way to end the EP, with such a strong song. Here is a preview of the songs on [rec]ord.

For more about Richard Cortez, visit his official website. You can also find him on Facebook. You can purchase [rec]ord from iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. To see my other posts featuring Richard Cortez, check out the post from 2010, his "It Gets Better" post, or the post from 2011. And don't forget to buy your copy of [rec]ord.

Richard Cortez


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