Artist: Tucson three-piece Roll Acosta
Their sound takes a lot of credit from Acosta's vocals, which are reminiscent of John Ondrasik -- better known to the world as Five For Fighting. As well, Roll Acosta has a rather noble mission statement that reads as such: "We spend hours making the music you want to hear, and love to take you through the same experiences we get from the great language of music."
Well, it's not what I, personally, want to hear ("but it's your job, numbnuts") but you have to love such a strong proclamation.
Best Song: I have to go with the titular "The Dawn" on this one. It's a complex offering that perfectly incorporates what Roll Acosta strives to accomplish: Acosta's vocals, Andre Gressieux's upbeat drumming and striking violin playing -- courtesy of Kevin Frederick. "The Dawn" proves that a toned down sound doesn't necessarily have to be watered down -- that is, lighter fair can still have a grandiose atmosphere if the instruments hit in resplendent harmony. Trust me, on "The Dawn," they most certainly do.
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