Pin It

ALBUM REVIEW: "Experience" 

Ed Iseley



With a plaintive guitar approach and a beautiful baritone that could easily be suited for a lullaby, Rochester singer-songwriter Ed Iseley looms large with his new album, "Experience," amid his own reflections and ruminations. And as serious as his lyrics spell each song's story out, Iseley seems to start with a shrug and a smile — it's a wry one as he drags the listener into each story and its sentiments.

Iseley's expert finger work on the acoustic guitar rides gently above his minimalist backing band, allowing for lyrical phrases — like "I'm out of touch/because it costs too much," on the cut "Out Of Touch," or my favorite line, "The nights I got away with/ but the days I had to pay," from "Meant To Be Real" — to shine. There's something about a musician who can lay what he means on the table with room for the listener to identify and empathize. Often the beneficiary is the artist themselves. In Iseley's case, it's the sharing of like-minded stories while healing similar wounds. There's room for all of us in "Experience."


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Frank De Blase

Browse Listings

Submit an event
  • Re: County exec race will be Dinolfo versus Bello

    • Bello was Irondequoit supervisor for two years and two and 1/2 months, Jan. 1, 2016…

    • on February 15, 2019
  • Re: County exec race will be Dinolfo versus Bello

    • So, Happy, it sounds like you agree with me. There's nothing new and exciting in…

    • on February 15, 2019
  • Re: Diner series: Mt. Hope Diner

    • I have been going here for at least 50 years, back in the Pat and…

    • on February 15, 2019
  • More »
  • This Week's Issue

    Cover Story:
    Education... means emancipation
    What would Frederick Douglass think now of the state of education in the city he loved? Seven Rochesterians – community leaders, students, and parents – offer their assessment and their advice.
    read more ...

    Tweets @RocCityNews

    © 2019 City Newspaper.

    Website powered by Foundation.