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David French
Where It Begins
Cattle Rash
June 2003

This is a 2-track promo CD introducing a forthcoming full-length album titled “All The Difference.” You better visit David’s website right now, and find out how to get a copy when it comes out. By the sound of these two songs, this man is a powerhouse solo act! The string arrangements are wonderful complimenting the rock edge and driving tempo of “Where It Begins,” the first track. Taking a look at the studio credits, I would say he put a lot of time and money into his sound. Good for you! David is part of the few and far between…this man is heading straight up to the top.

The first track even though it’s only 4:22 long, because of the intensity of it sound like a 7-minute song…this is a good thing. It pulls you right in. I found myself trying to listen to all of the instruments, and all of the parts. The second track gives an immediate subtle piano gesture but comes out of the walls and nails you. Using chords typically used in metal, David has beautified them in such a way that captivates your ears in anticipation. Right in the dead center of the tune it breaks down, giving a nice collection of keys, and organ sounds, almost reminding me of Oakfield’s “Tubular Bells.” The song ends very naturally. Wow.

Favorite Track: 1, “Where It Begins”

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Erik Beyer is a trained musician, performer, songwriter, arranger, and self-taught businessman. After spending five years in the Army Band he moved back to Portland, OR and began designing sound systems and marketing pro audio gear. He later was hired to book for a local Portland venue, putting bands on stage seven nights a week where he reviewed all CDs submitted. In 1998 he formed Beyer Sound Productions with a goal to serve musicians.

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