“Leaving You Alone” Single
Reviewed by Andrew Greenhalgh
Let’s be honest; some guys just have it. While some artists labor for days, weeks, and even months on a song to make it just right, others are fortunate enough to have times where it seems like lightning is striking all around them and the songs just keep coming. So it was when indie artist Ryland Foxx put the finishing touches on his home studio and set to writing, churning out fifty songs just after the studio was built. And, to kickstart the process, in ten minutes time his first single, “Leaving You Alone,” was written and three hours later was in the can, ready to be shared with the masses.
For the uninitiated, Foxx has spent the past several years honing his skills, playing all across the Midwest and western United States, focusing much of his time in the big cities of Chicago and Los Angeles. He’s shared the stage with the likes of artists from Guns ‘N’ Roses, Cinderella, and L.A. Guns and has slowly amassed a solid following for his brand of pop/rock/Americana fusion, allowing his musical maturity to lead the way.
“Leaving You Alone” builds on that experience, delivering a solidly produced single that succinctly toes the lines between rock and country. Aided by Jake Pallisard on lead guitar and Luke Pallisard on bass, Foxx handles the rest of the musical heavy lifting, playing acoustic and electric guitars as well as providing percussion. It’s a warm, inviting mix that the artist wraps his track in and it really helps things to shine.
Lyrically, the track deals with a tale of love, described by the artist as coming from the “point of view of the human process.” And while the jury is still out on whether or not the song truly captures that element, it’s still a solidly written track, with Foxx’s solid vocals delivering lovelorn lines like “I tried to do what was right/And I don't think I'm supposed to be missing you anymore/Now I know it was you all along/And everything I had is all I'm looking for.” It’s a painful tale but one that Foxx and company deliver with poise and precision.
On “Leaving You Alone,” Ryland Foxx showcases his ability as a musician and songwriter, ably delivering a rich, nuanced musical track that readily supports his tale of love and loss. And considering the rate of speed at which this track was written and recorded, one can only imagine what might happen were the artist allowed even more time to craft, create, and fine tune his work. Ryland Foxx is an artist to watch out for.
There’s an unmistakable sense of familiarity that emanates from Ryland Foxx’s single, “All You Want.” Somewhere within the catchy power-pop hooks and growling guitars is an Americana vibe that strikes directly to a listener’s heart. Foxx’s songwriting draws effortlessly from these different genres and his vocals are able to capture this sound just as easily. In addition to him playing guitar and keyboards, Foxx is joined by Johnny Douglas on lead, rhythm, and bass guitars, and drummer Jim “Bo” Pallisard. The trio does a fantastic job of nailing every note and cementing how catchy the song is and how much it rocks.
“All You Want” immediately starts off with Foxx’s rich vocals over the top of a series of strong power chords. He sings about being true to who he is, closing the first verse with the question, “But what becomes of fools who live a lie?” The chorus takes off from there with Pallisard’s drumming and Douglas’ guitars picking up in intensity. Foxx’s vocals reveal a beautifully melodic sense to them while still maintaining a degree of rock and roll grit.
With the exception of two brief but substantive guitar solos, “All You Want” doesn’t throw out any real surprises, which is great because it doesn’t need to. This song represents well written and well performed, straightforward rock. Foxx mixes up the sound just enough to make it unique by taking advantage of his voice and creating that familiar Americana sound. Additionally, it’s the sense of melody he carries that makes the chorus easy to sing along with and lends it a pop sensibility.
Ryland Foxx’s “All You Want” is a timeless piece of rock and power-pop that is as well written as it is performed. Together with Douglas and Pallisard, he lays down a track that takes the best of different genres and stamps it with his own signature. Here’s hoping there’s a lot more where this single came from.
Artist: Ryland Foxx
Single: All You Want
Review by: Heath Andrews
Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)
Ryland Foxx is a tough artist to put into any one genre.
Blending pop with rock and hints of country, he's an eclectic artist with a great talent.
'All You Want' is at times a little cheesy, but a nice listen that has good production and inclusion of a short guitar solo that adds to the flavour and depth.
This instrumentation combined with fluid and catchy melody ensure the song isn't one you'll be forgetting just moments after listening.
'All You Want' is out now, and look out for therylandfisher.com which launches later today.
by Daniel Falconer for www.femalefirst.co.uk
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