By Paul Rodgers
Beginning with a mournful, self-addressed lament, Toronto’s Allan Rayman has finally released his debut LP. A great deal of mystery surrounds this singer/songwriter. He shies away from press, and his releases seem to emerge from a great enigmatic fog. However, once heard, they sink deep within a very profound part of the lucky listener’s very being.
He has a distinct vocal style that is hard to forget. Tastefully subdued and layered in emotion, characteristic of a southern bluesman, his voice projects heartfelt, soulful lyrics borne by mesmerizing melodies and rhythms.
He brought back some of his previous singles like the incredible “Lucy The Tease,” a song that will instantly get you hooked on Rayman’s sound. “Tennessee” is also found here, combining a serene depth of melancholy lyricism and surprisingly fresh hip-hop percussion and sampling.
This full length also features many new songs, and really showcases this man’s range. A funk groove kicks off “Beverly,” before being joined shortly down the road by some ethereal guitar plucking, only to be bombarded by a juicy bassline and Rayman’s signature crooning.
A release that certainly merits multiple listens, but you will find that goes without saying once you hear it.Allan Rayman, Hotel Allan