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CD Review: Bryan Banks “The Sudden Sounds of Urgency”

Bryan Banks is one of those musicians who took it upon himself to create his music on his own. When you have a musician who does everything on his own, the results could either be good or bad, depending on the talent of the individual. There is definite talent within the music of Bryan Banks as he seems to take many different flavors of Rock and Roll when creating his music. His music takes some Rock and Roll, Funk, and Grunge with a large hint of Heavy Metal thrown in and mixes all those styles together in the sound that makes up his music. And with the fact that everything on the album was created by Banks himself, the multi-talented musician has created an album of music that ends up being rather well-rounded. His debut album is entitled The Sound of Urgency.

The Sound of Urgency from Bryan Banks begins with track “Turn My Back”. Right from the beginning, the song features a very strong Rock and Roll feel to the music. So much so, the track balances between Rock and Roll and Metal. That has to do with the power that comes out of the guitars on the track. What the listener may be reminded of on this track is a song from the British Heavy Metal band Living Colour. “Turn My Back” has a lot of power to it and makes for a strong opening track.

The release of The Sound of Urgency from Bryan Banks continues with the track entitled “Discard the Dream”. “Discard the Dream” turns out to be a solid track of Rock and Roll that contains plenty of energy to go along with the lyrics of a relationship coming to an end. Throughout the song, the most impressive thing is Banks’ ability to, not only play the guitar, but to also create a multi-layered feel to the guitar part. With the track, Bryan Banks proves that he is not only a good musician, talented writer and fine vocalist, but he can take all of those talents and combine them together while creating his music. Since it is with the song that you get used to what Banks is doing, repeated listening to the song actually makes Bryan Banks’ “Discard the Dream” better.

Bryan Banks’ album continues with the title track of the release. “The Sound of Urgency” contains a slightly slower pace to the music. And although the pace slows down, Banks does not spare the intensity to the music. The track brings out the Alternative Rock influences in Banks’ writing styles. The track has a rather strong beat that will get the listener grooving along with the music. “The Sound of Urgency” is a very good track and would easily have fit on Alternative Rock radio formats back in the nineties.

After several tracks of intense Rock and Roll, Bryan Banks takes one song to change the pace of the music. The track “Escape the Insanity” begins with Banks putting aside the intensity for a mostly laidback track that finds the musician forming the beginning of the track around a mainly acoustic feel to the music with a slower tempo. While Banks returns time and again to that acoustic approach, he also incorporates a stronger approach throughout the track, as well. The switching back and forth creates a track that feels rather busy and is still not as intense as the previous songs on the release.

With the track “Guilty,” Bryan Banks creates a track that contains a rather intense feel to the music while still containing a melodic undertone to the music. In a style that brings to mind someone like Joe Satriani or other guitarists like him, “Guilty” shows off Banks’ ability infuse his music with the same melodic feel that Satriani is known for. Along with that melodic feel to the music, the lyrics to “Guilty” find Banks questioning how he is supposed to feel when someone around him goes on a spiritual journey and makes him a witness to that journey.

The new album from The Sound of Urgency from Bryan Banks comes to a close with the track “Beautifully Disguised”. Like the majority of the release, the final track of the album finds Banks in a musical mindset that finds him creating a track with plenty of energy. While the track contains a strong Power Rock feel of the music, “Beautifully Disguised” also has enough Alternative influence to keep the track feeling very current. But the Power Rock/Alternative Rock combination creates a track would fit on today’s radio formats while still being able to have been played back in the eighties. The commercial potential of the track creates one of the most Listener-friendly songs on the album.  

The Sound of Urgency from Bryan Banks was put together by Banks one song at a time over the course of several years. And while that time period created a rather long wait between the first single release and the final album packing, Bryan Banks has proved that sometimes it is worth the wait if you’re looking for quality. The Sound of Urgency turns out to be a very solid album of Rock and Roll that any fan of the music style will enjoy.

For a taste of the music from Bryan Banks, click HERE for the album’s title track of “The Sound of Urgency”. 

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