With that warning out of the way, let's get started!
Being an individual who lacks much in-depth knowledge of Western Music or music in general, be it of the past or the present, my first impression was that 'this must be a pretty old song, sounds catchy but pretty old.' And then it was forgotten until I came across 'Budapest' on YouTube. It then led to the other singles and then to the album and BAM! Three months in and I am hooked onto Ezra's voice to a folklore-similar tune or a rock tune or some other upbeat loop, like anything. It has become my playlist as I undertake an almost four-hour bus journey every now and then.
Now, it goes without saying that each and every song is lovely to hear and should be heard, at least once, before you come to the conclusion of it being worth keeping or not. But I would like to specifically pick out 5 songs that I keep on repeat as I listen to them over and over and over. Let me give you a run down to each of them, one at a time.
My, my hidden treasure chest.
Golden grand piano.
My beautiful Castillo.
You, Ooh. You, I'd leave it all."
The lines are simple, with George stating his longing to be in the place that houses his greatest treasures, and then putting it all up for the love he is willing to give it up for. It is a rather rickety kind of a paced-song, and the catchiness about it stems from the fact that he makes it appear as if he is trying to convince the person intended that it would be the ultimate end to his desire.
There is a part where he is ready to give up on family and friends just to be with her/him (who am I to judge?). That underlines the tone he wishes to communicate, which is one of jovial seriousness. He is ready to change just for the one he desires. Change! The implication is huge to be looked at.
The video is equally colorful. A crowd of people signifying diversity waiting for something (probably a flight to Budapest, if I start assuming) and as the song proceeds we see the words translate to actions, with changes being sprung about here and there.
And Budapest is heard in all its glory.
II. Listen to the Man
I want to hear all about it, get it all off your chest.
I feel the tears and you’re not alone.
When I hold you well I won’t let go.
Why should we care for what they’re selling us anyway?"
You don’t have to be scared, babe.
You don’t need a plan, of what you want to do. Won’t you listen to the man that's loving you?"
III. Song 6
Unlike his other songs, this is a relatively short song with not much lyrics in it, but it is not the lyrics alone (whatever of it is there) but the power of the words and the song that will hold you still.
It starts with a tuned-down Ezra voice talking about watching the paint dry on the wall. Then there is a pause and with all his majestic glory he sings about the beauty that one sees in a city and announces that we are all searching and dreaming about something or the other, maybe achievements or a solution to our worries. He, however, is simply dreaming about his beloved. Even the part where he describes certain militant commuters waiting for a train on a long Bavarian night, he follows it up by simply stating in his rich voice that he is simply waiting for the one concerned.
IV. Blind Man in Amsterdam
The blind man remain unacknowledged by the people passing by. On seeing this, Ezra went up to him and put a 50 in his native currency in his tin box to which the blind man, citing clairvoyance of his, tells him of a new journey awaiting him.
Blind Man in Amsterdam, like Song 6, is another unearthed gem of Ezra's work. A song which is as simple as it is beautiful.
V. Blame it on Me
Blame it on me."
This is a beautiful song and the mere tune brings to mind a warm, sunny day as one sits and stares out of the window listening to Ezra belt out one line after the other in his enrapturing voice.
Having covered the 5 tracks I had started out to cover, I would like to particularly mention the other songs from the album that should not be avoided just because I talked in detail about 5 of my favorites. Among others 'Did You Hear the Rain?' is an intense song regarding the corrupt nature of people and how one should deal with it along with 'Barcelona' which is a lively track conjured up during one of his visits to the city. Then there are 'Over the Creek', 'It's my Skin' and 'Da Vinci's Riot Police' that one should give a try to.
Well, in short, Ezra is young, no doubt talented and has a voice that many top singers of today would die to have. Having said that...