Echoes of the Road Review

Submitted by Cashbox on Mon, 01/23/2017 – 02:54
Submitted by Don Graham

Toronto singer songwriter Johann Löwenberg has released a 10 set CD of original songs that is a collection of some of his best work. Well crafted songs describing his life journey with a beautiful production and rich , heartfelt, honest vocals. The album starts with Early Morning Train, a great story song of old love and you can almost picture the train when you’re listening to the snare. Excellent guitar work and honest vocal . “The Good Old Boat” could easily be an early Gordon Lightfoot song, excellent metaphor of the boat as life and a lesson to trust that boat you’re being offered will “take you to the land.”  “No Place Like Home”, another beautiful song in the traditional folk style. “The Wonder Of You” is one of the prettier songs on the album. Johann does it in a semi folk style but this tune could easily be a pop hit with a different arrangement. Well done. Want to take  a trip to Cuba? Put on “My Sweet Havana Rose” and crank it up. “All Because of You” is another pop tinged tune. Löwenberg is an excellent songwriter with a variety of styles and textures to his work Then there’s the top tapper. “The Milkrun Train”. Nice down east feel. “Down By The Lazy River” another Lightfoot or maybe Tyson inspired type of song. “Mountain Pass Song” continues the train theme. The cool thing about this album is the sense of movement captured in every song and songs like this one make you feel like you punched your ticket for the ride. “Echoes of the Road”, the title track, is a perfect final track. “It’s been a long time coming to the end of the line, my clothes are all tattered with the sands of time. Been a life long journey to lighten my load, you can’t take it with you when there’s nowhere to go. It’s the echo of the road you hold onto, listen to the sounds of time. It’s the echo of the road you hold onto. Leave your troubles behind.”

Echoes of the Road was produced by Andreas Schuld with Johann Löwenberg, recorded & Mixed by Andreas Schuld at Skeena’s Place, Vancouver, BC, mastered by David Meszaros at Watershed Productions, Vancouver, BC. Cover & CD photo by Claire Kelly at Anthony Photo Studio, Whitby, ON and cover design by Harry Rasmussen in Waterdown, Ontario.