Ray Goren review

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Ray Goren review

Brenden Smith, Staff Writer

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Normal fifteen year old boys would typically spend their free time playing sports, video games, doing homework, or working to earn an extra buck. Ray Goren isn’t a normal fifteen year old.

After learning to play the piano at age three and the guitar at age seven, Goren’s musical life was clearly on track for an abnormal ride. At age fifteen, he’s already signed on his first record label with Jay Vee records, and started producing with grammy award winning artist Steve Jordan. The young artist’s first EP album release, “Songs For You” features Goren’s first five tracks which he hopes will be his springboard into fame and success in the music industry.

In his album, “Songs For You” Goren plays keyboard and guitar as well as lead vocals in all five tracks. Four of the tracks are originals songs, written by Goren. Track number two of the album is his cover of, “Light My Fire” by The Doors.

Goren’s musical capability can’t be ignored. From listening to his first five tracks, it’s easy to tell he knows what he’s doing. His vocals, instrumental talent, and lyrical composition sound years more mature compared to other artists of his age that have recently made it big. Compare Goren’s tracks to say, Justin Bieber’s or Austin Mahone’s, and Gorren makes them both sound like little school children with elementary school problems. The kid can sing, and he can play good music.

However, there is room for improvement in his music. Goren’s music lacks a strong connection to the listener. In some tracks the message is good, but vague, and lyrics are sometimes overly redundant. The theme or storyline in his music is also obscure and hard to decipher. A connection between the music and Goren seems to be absent. It almost sounds like the songs were written just to fill space on the label, not out of Goren’s personal desire or emotion. More of an emotional connection between Goren and his music would help the connection between the music and the listener. Also, Goren plays things too safe on his album. There are no surprises in his sound: no big vocals or any huge waves of excitement that keep the listener entertained and interested. An understandable fault, as it is his first album.

Despite the cons to his music, Goren definitely has the talent and resources to make it to the big stage. Perhaps the comfort of a band would help him out. A group of friends backing his vocals on the bass and drums might bring out a little more personality in his music. All in all, the kid is a musical prodigy that needs to take advantage of his talent and the opportunity to showcase it, because he has a chance to make it big. Otherwise, he might end up at the kitchen table doing homework during the week, and in front of the TV on Friday night playing video games.