These days, many artists claim the singer/songwriter status, believing this gives them more credibility with peers, the media, and fans. Paul Maged can sing, in fact once you hear his gruff vocals, it’s eerily reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and the music he has created for his sophomore album, Diamonds & Demons, can be described as energetic. You can feel the energy on tracks such as “Human Warfare,” “I’m Gone,” and “Last Days.” The guitars, thunderous drumming, and the rhythm coming from the bass clearly shows Paul is a serious musician and can certainly write serious music. But, there is a difference between writing music and writing song lyrics.
While Paul’s great strength lies in the music, the songwriting is just amateurish and silly at times. On “64th & 1st” the track opens with the lines, “When I was young I believed in God and Santa Claus/I thought wrestling was real, well, isn’t it? /I didn’t know what to think.”
“Look At Me,” a reflective look back at where Paul came from, expects the listener to take seriously the lyrics, “You get smarter as you get richer/Your education is reality TV/But you’re nothing but a cheap, lonely geek.”
“Love & Loss In The Western World” a pretentious song title if there ever was one, tries to be clever using a phrase any motorist is all too familiar with, “Nothing’s as it seems/And it’s all a waste of time/Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.”
This 17 track CD is filled with too many tracks containing lyrics that are so uninspiring. Paul tries to make an album full of anthems but in the process, he loses steams lyrically. Musically these tracks sound really good but it’s the lyrics that kill what could’ve been a good album.
Author: Rob Perez
Rob Perez is a freelance writer who has been with The Music Universe early on. As a Correspondent for The Music Universe, you will find him writing reviews and live tweeting awards shows.