Entertainer Erich Harrington has a new album out now. It’s titled More. But first, for those of you not yet familiar with the artist in question, a bit o’ background.
Erich Harrington is a California-based, American singer-songwriter, and musician. According to his Facebook page, he is an “adult alternative singer/songwriter and jazz performer.” Online sources indicate his rockin’ resume spans a period of more than four decades from the birth of electronica and 1980s alt-rock “to pop and jazz crossover.”
Harrington’s signature sound is a musical meld of multiple genres including alternative, jazz, pop, R&B, and rock.
More is a 12-track album of original material. It’s his first original release. On this disc, he leads the way on vocals, harmonica, and acoustic and electric guitar. He is assisted by other artists including co-producer David Vito Gregoli (bass, live and programmed drums, percussion, piano, organ, Rhodes, mellotron, sitar, flute, acoustic and electric guitar, and sampled strings).
Track by Track
The album opens on “Unrequited Love Affair.” It is an effective introduction to an album that offers the artist’s perspective on a number of universal themes including love, life, and perseverance. It’s a good start but merely foreshadows what is to come here.
The second selection is “In The Present.” It was co-written with Gregoli. This one has a light, jazzy touch to it. It also introduces MB Gordy on drums, Tom McMorran on piano, and Durga McBroom on backing vocals.
Not to be confused with the much-covered 1970 Badfinger hit, “Without You”, like most of the other tracks here, is an original composition. It’s highlighted by a noteworthy duet with vocalist Chelsea Williams. According to Harrington, it is “the second pre-release song” too.
He also briefly discussed the song’s meaning. He said: “It is a song about how people can drift apart but ultimately come back together.” He also added, “[Williams is] one of my favorite artists IN THE WORLD.”
“More” was also co-written with producer Gregoli. It serves as yet another example of how well the two musicians work together and earns the honor of title track. Does it have a subtle agenda? Sure, but it’s subtle so enjoy!
The next number, “24 Balloons” features string arrangements by Gregoli. It’s both poetic and somehow sad. Still, that’s what makes it work and gives it its own identity.
The sixth songful serving is the upbeat, positive “Your Smile Is Home.” It is a personal piece and a tuneful tip of the hat to spouse Jolene Rae Harrington “‘cause”, Erich notes, [her] smile is my home!” The song is highlighted by Mario Calire on drums and McMorran encoring on piano.
“Addictive Personality” urgently follows and flows here. Harrington’s performance remains solid and consistent. Gordy returns on drums and McMorran appears on Rhodes.
Not to be confused with the 1995 hit by American R&B singer Dionne Farris, “I Know” is original. It has a certain quiet determination to it and yet it’s not overly insistent. It simply ekes out its own little space.
“Sunlight” is appropriately named. It is a song-story that is both sunny and ultimately sad because it tunefully tells the tale of someone killed by an automobile. The track is highlighted by Michael Wallace on the trombone. Gordy is back on drums and McMorran also encores on piano.
“Could This Be Love” poses a powerful, personal question. It presents a quandary many of us have faced many times too. It’s not a new subject, but it is a new point of view and musical presentation.
Also included here is “Ready For The Waking” featuring McMorran on piano. This is a nice, little soundtrack-ready song that musically manages to hold its own despite perhaps being overshadowed by previous pieces.
The closing cut is “Free.” It is a strong album endnote that includes backing vocals by Kimberly Haynes. Again, what makes this unique is not the theme but Harrington’s personal presentation and musical choices.
Overall, this album is an exceptional introduction to the musical meaningful meanderings of an experienced entertainer. It defines his signature sound complete with quiet cleverness and pensive lyrics. It is both old-school and yet contemporary, demonstrating Harrington’s ability to fuse his personal experience with the influence of modern material to which he has undoubtedly been exposed. So, check out Erich Harrington’s More and get “Ready For The Waking.”