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Goodcorz - Single Review: Too Many Times

19 Dec 2022 // A review by Kev Rowland

This single marks a return to original music for Corey Cross AKA Goodcorz for the first time in more than twenty years, and here he has been joined by Anton Harris (drums), Phil Doublet (ukulele, steel guitar), and Greg Mannering (bass, backing vocals). It took me a while to think who this reminded me of, but then it came to me, The Peppercorns, a British band who released an album back in the 90’s (Brothers) who had a very similar style. It contains elements of Americana and Country combined with a singer/songwriter who has vocals with some wonderful gravel. While the main approach is quite simplistic in its directness, there is a lot going on with the steel and the ukulele to ensure there are plenty of touches which ensure it repays repeated listening's. There are also some really nice bass flourishes, but not too many, just enough to show a wonderful sense of melody.

The arrangement is geared to keep the vocals front and centre at all times, and rightly so as Corey comes across as a mix between Steve Earle and Jimmy Barnes. The short unaccompanied harmony vocal section is in just the right place, lifting the song after the bridge, and one can imagine the chorus being a singalong at gigs. Hopefully this is the first in a lot more music from Goodcorz

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Goodcorz

After a long break from songwriting (20+ years) Corey Cross AKA Goodcorz has recently rediscovered his passion for creating and writing music. Having spent the best part of his adult life singing and performing in cover bands Corey also fronted and co-wrote 2 EPs and and an album with his then original band in the late 90's early 2000's.

Now free from some of the shackles of everyday life and in a space where his creative freedom can run free he decided to extract some of his ideas fr and bring them to life. Influenced by so many different style and genres as a youngster it would be fair to say the music he is singing and writing now is a far cry from the Grunge rock styles he cut his teeth on and fell in love with in his 20's his tunes will have a bit of something in there for everyone and if not then that's ok too! This isn't a hunt for fame and fortune, simply a bloke putting his thoughts down and sharing his music.

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