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Singletary, Marcus: Defiance Science

Marcus Singletary is an American multi-instrumentalist who has released a number of albums his latest being Defiance Science which came out on May 7. On the album Singletary does everything himself playing guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, synths and vocals.

The album tells the story of one Primrose Luckett, a scholar who goes to California to live the good life. You can pick up the rest from there. The story seems to be at odds with the album cover showing a beautiful gaseous nebula. That said, what about the music?

I found this album difficult to categorize. Yes, it is rock but it is different somehow. Maybe it is the interesting use of synths and keyboards or because the individual tracks have such a different sound.

The album begins with "Science", a melodic pop rock tune with a thick bass groove and upbeat sound. I like the shimmering keyboards and the bluesy guitar solo is very nice. With "Party Like A Star", Singletary delves into pop dance party grooves before turning in a more rock direction with intense lead guitar. "Shangri-Rock" has a breezy pop sound full of synths and melodic keyboards before the changing tempos add an element of complexity. A late '60s psychedelic sound can be heard on the mellow "In the Sand". I was reminded of the Hendrix classic "Little Wing". "Genovia" is a much heavier rocker with a ripping guitar solo while the somewhat quirky "Lookin' Good" gives off a Steely Dan vibe both vocally and rhythmically. In "Young Lady of Royalty" the processed vocals and dramatic shifts in tempo give this an interesting dynamic and the guitar solo is excellent. "Tomorrow, No" ends the disc with a little bit of rockabilly/country flare.

Defiance Science is a diverse album with excellent musicianship, quite an accomplishment considering this is the work of one musician. Fans of rock music in general should definitely take note.

Track Listing:
1. Science
2. Party Like A Star
3. Shangri-Rock
4. In the Sand
5. Genovia
6. Lookin' Good
7. Gambler's Delight
8. Young Lady of Royalty
9. Tomorrow, No

Added: May 18th 2015
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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