CD Review: Thinkbendy “Change”

For almost twenty years, musician Adam Bendy has been performing. During that time, the multi-talented musician has spent time onstage and in the studio with bands such U-Melt, a New York musical ensemble that creates jam band music. That particular group has produced several albums which includes the most recent release, 2010’s album entitled Perfect World

With U-Melt not having released a new album in over five years, it seemed like the perfect time for Adam Bendy to expand his place in the music industry and create his own music. That being said, a new album from has been created by the musician/singer-songwriter. And a new moniker has been born to go along with that new release. The new moniker being used by Adam Bendy for the sake of releasing his own brand of music is: Thinkbendy.  

To help bring the new music from his new moniker of Thinkbendy to life, Adam Bendy’s fellow band mates Robert Salzer on guitar and George Miller on drums join him on the new music. And with Bendy taking on a new name and identity, he also added a new instrument to his musical arsenal. With this album, Bendy sits behind the piano/keyboards for the first time.

All of this creates a new situation for Adam Bendy. That situation has helped to influence the music that can be found on Thinkbendy’s new release. The new release from Thinkbendy is called Change

Change from Thinkbendy begins with the track “Sunrise”. As this is the first time for Bendy to record using the piano, it comes as no surprise that the first track on the release comes complete with the piano as the instrument that the spotlight is firmly on. The track begins with the ensemble creating a short instrumental track that feels like a blend of Jazz and New Age music. The instrumental track acts much like an introductory track to the release.

As the first track of “Sunrise” comes to an end, Bendy, Robert Salzer and George Miller create a track that revolves around the keyboard this time. Taking the upbeat feel of the track, the song “Free” continues the introductory feel that had started with “Sunrise” before it as the lyrics to “Free” seem to welcome the listener in to all that is about to take place. The combination of the keyboards with the guitar, bass and drums creates a track that comes off as an Indie Rock track.

”Change,” the title track of the album has a rather easy feel to the music. It also contains a musical direction that seems to recall that of the Beatles. In fact, what the listener may find in the song is a style that recalls that of the song “Free As a Bird,” one of the very last songs to be singles for the British quartet after unfinished tracks by John Lennon were uncovered back in the nineties. And much like that Beatles song, “Change” from Thinkbendy would easily fit with other tracks on Adult Contemporary radio formats.

On the next track, Thinkbendy creates a track that takes the music back a few decades. The song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” (no, not the song from Bachman Turner Overdrive) contains several different influences to the track at the same time. Because of the piano being the main instrument of choice by Adam Bendy, the main influence to the music seems to feel like songs written by Todd Rundgren. When listening to the track, you will easily notice the jam-like quality to it. And because of that extended jam-like length to the song, the other most obvious influence on the track is Carlos Santana. Blended together, the two influences create a track that feels as if it should have been played on radio back in the seventies.

As much as the previous track of “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” has a jam-like feel to it, the track “Proceed to Continue” has a style that also features a slight jam-like quality. But in this case, the feel to the music is rather reminiscent of Blood, Sweat & Tears except without the horns. And just like the previous track, this song feels as if it would have fit right in with any songs from AM radio in the seventies. And speaking of radio, the track almost hits the four and-a-half minute mark, which is rather long for radio play. However, the track ends at about the four-minute mark and then, it starts up again. That start and stop truly brings meaning to the track’s title of “Proceed to Continue”.

While most of the tracks found on the Change album from Thinkbendy feature the sound of the keyboards or piano from Adam Bendy, it is on the track “Easy” that the feel of the music changes. On that track, Bendy’s U-Melt bandmate Robert Salzer and his guitar that take center stage. Just like the track of “Proceed to Continue,” “Easy” contains a relaxed feel to the music. And like much of the album, the resulting feel to the track would put the song of “Easy” in the Adult Contemporary category.

After several tracks on the release that alternate between the keyboards or piano from Adam Bendy and the guitar of Robert Salzer, Thinkbendy brings the Change album to a close with the track “Move On”. This track brings the album to a close by recalling the style of the second track of the album, “Change”. This track brings the album full circle and closes the album out.

With the band U-Melt having created music that was heavily influenced by Progressive Rock, the music created by Thinkbendy takes the listener in a rather different direction. Sure, there is still some Prog-Rock influence in the music of Adam Bendy that helps to bring his song to life, but the songs created by Thinkbendy are now a lot more centered in a Pop-Rock and/or Adult Contemporary. For fans of Prog-Rock who also like some commercial feel to their music, the Change album from Thinkbendy may just be the thing your music collection is missing.

To hear the music of thinkbeny check out the song “Free” from Thinkbendy HERE.

For more information, check out Thinkbendy’s PR Firm, Whiplash PR. Click on the logo below to visit their site. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Change album from Thinkbendy is currently available on spotify. The vinyl version of the album will soon be available. Click on the album cover below for digital version:

 

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