Will Echo: Press
...Straightforward pop/folk/rock songs about love and life...consistently well written and performed and the themes are valid...a commendable effort...Echo appears to have an army of fans supporting his every move....(Fragile, the album)
Hailing from England, Will Echo is the latest in the line of singer-songwriters to draw comparisons to Bob Dylan. While this textbook judgment is painfully commonplace in modern journalism (and somewhat cheapening to Dylan’s legacy), it could be that whoever first deemed the two alike wasn’t just dropping an easy name.
Indeed the likeness is uncanny at times in voice if not quite so lyrically. Opening track “Pour Me a Drink” is interesting for having a locomotive sound to the drums. This doesn’t quite prepare the listener for what’s to come. “The Horse You Gotta Ride” is strangely uplifting, and indeed Mr Echo’s vocals bear a peculiar resemblance to Dylan.
“Let’s Kiss” shows an observational quality to Mr Echo’s songwriting that, though seemingly simple, is lacking in many a modern troubadour. The subtle wit of “I Still Love You, But” stresses that songwriting, not musical dexterity, is what drives the artist onward.
With most songs directed at the other sex, there’s little questioning just where Mr Echo gets his inspiration. Normally, a subconscious assertion of self-restraint will invoke a quota on how many love songs can appear on one album, but that’s clearly not the case here. Thankfully, no two songs address the same scenario and the pitfall of being labelled a sap is carefully avoided.
While comparisons to Dylan, overall, are a good few inches from the bullseye, “Fragile” is an impressive debut from a singer-songwriter who appears to be going places. Seek and ye shall find. Now, was Dylan one of the Apostles?
UK artist Will Echo is a multi-talented singer-songwriter musician. His new release, ‘Fragile’, offers up a mixture of several different styles of music.
Things get started with the alt folk rock sounding opening track, “Pour Me a Drink”, that starts off with bar noises in the background.
Other highlight tracks include, “The Horse You’ve Gotta Ride”, an up-tempo song that’s made up by this weird singer songwriter, ska, island mix. “I’ll Call You from the USA”, has an interesting Randy Newman meets Bob Dylan and Tom Petty sound that’s found on it.
I also liked the folk roots rock tracks, “Smile”, and “Hope.”
Lyrically love is one of the main emotions that is dealt with throughout most of the songs that make up ‘Fragile.’
Will Echo offers up a lot of very well done music on ‘Fragile’ that makes it worth buying.
Intelligent and often moving lyrics are combined with attractive melodies and arrangements to produce a refreshing and engaging album (Fragile). Will Echo is an excellent musician with a fine repertoire of memorable songs - surely destined to become better known in future.
"I love Will’s sound. It’s such a fresh, original style that leaves you with no choice but to smile. Fragile is such an enjoyable album, and Will is a very rare and unique artist which I feel privileged to have on rotation here at Close to Nowhere."
Will Echo is a well polished artist and his new Cd "Fragile" shows just that.
There are so many good songs on this CD…. I was really impressed with this artist and hope to hear new albums yearly!
9 out of 10 stars
Will Echo - "Good....with an arresting style"
"Great Music, Will"