Review by Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Magazine
Former Arista Records recording artist and Babylon A.D. front man, Derek Davis, follows up his first solo debut REVOLT with his new 12-song release, REVOLUTIONARY SOUL—a diverse collection of songs in which Davis pens nine, plays all instruments, sings, arranges, and produces. This is a truly expansive and amazing exploration into a unique Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Soul inspired creation of exquisite sound. This funk driven, hard-hitting collection of original compositions and re-imaging of great classic hits delivers the angst and vocal delivery he is known for. Both lyrically and musically the track speaks to the frustration and passion of the forgotten man in today’s ever changing world.
Many artists with a long history in the music scene, that moves forward to create or recreate themselves on a solo platform, often either do the same things they have always done or fall short of their vision. However Derek Davis is not creating a swan song or billing himself as a “comeback kid”, Davis has, is and always will be at the top of his game and the scene, his powerful voice and performance skills, his trademark style, and now with Revolutionary Soul, he has proved his staying power. A divergence from his past music, this is a look into his life, his loves and his heart, his diversity is endless.
Revolutionary Soul Includes a brand new version of the Amy Winehouse hit “Valerie” showing Davis can take any song and turns it on its head to make it his own. Track for Track, Revolutionary Soul spiritual excitement. To name my favorite track All The Roads, is mine, a song of love, devotion and desperation. Another soulful track Vicious Heart which is a healing and a final goodbye to what could have been and what will never be.
Davis lyrically bares his soul—emotionally and spiritually—providing a glimpse of his inner self, while weaving a sonic atmosphere of guitar sounds deep into the mind of the listener. Derek Davis is a creative and talented performer, singer, songwriter, musician, and producer who can deliver it all with this new album. Revolutionary Soul is going to be the album you will need to hear, experience and make your own.
When asked, Derek Davis said “I had a vision of what I wanted to do after I wrote a few songs that had a similar soulful vein running through them. I started working on the songwriting and production a little over two years ago and I’ve always wanted to do a soul/funk type record because that is the music I grew up on and still enjoy to this day.”
Find out More about Derek Davis, Revolutionary Souls and This new and phenomenal experience at Derek’s Website http://www.derekdavismusic.com and follow him and revolutionary Souls on his Facebook http://www.facebook.com/derekdavisrevolutionarysoul .