Admittedly, acoustic music is not something I would ordinarily listen to by choice. I’m a rock lover through and through, but on the evenings I need something a bit more relaxing, Ed Sheeran is usually as toned down as I get.
However, I like listening to new music and found myself thoroughly impressed with who CJ Orazi is as a person, so took on this review. CJ Orazi is one of those guys who kind of does a bit of everything – by day, he’s a tattoo artist and a painter and by night, a musician. The entrepreneur already has eight releases under his belt, but I chose to dive straight in with his newest release – It Ain’t All Unicorns And Rainbows – without previewing any of his other music first.
To begin with, I was immediately impressed. CJ Orazi has the kind of voice that just draws you in and boy does the man have talent with a wide range of vocal ranges. I felt that although the album was primarily acoustic, there were a lot of other genres that could be picked up on when listening, such as indie and a bit of blues.
She Loves Me (Not) is a funny one – although it begins quite timidly before slowly becoming more fast and upbeat, it’s soon clear by the lyrics that it’s actually a sad song. Even though at points it made me want to get up and dance, the lyrics totally contrasted that feeling too.
Expectations is a firm favourite of mine and likely a track that everyone can relate to in one way or another. The distinctive tune is memorable, whereas the chorus provides the opportunity for a big ‘f*ck you’ singalong.
Feelin’ Bad also stuck out for me. Despite being quite a relaxing tune, in parts it was also kind of sassy and even had some sort of sexy undertones to it – or maybe that’s just me (or his voice!).
Overall, It Ain’t All Unicorns And Rainbows is a really well rounded acoustic album which is both relaxing and indulging at the same time. I feel I could easily have it on low in the background to lull myself to sleep or to help keep me sane when working, but I also think I could happily turn it up loud and sing along, studying the lyrics and having a little dance too.
CJ Orazi's latest release offers laid back blues and relaxing indie tunes