Australian multi-instrumentalist Victor Stranges has arrived. Take note, my fellow music lover, Stranges is going to have something say in the coming years. Like the humming of a well-worn turntable or the buzz from a magical amp, Strange`s songs feel familiar yet fresh, comforting yet ready to explode with new information. His melodic pop transmissions flow from the center of the galaxy, circle the planets and hover like shadows in the four corners of your mind. All of gentle, sweeping harmonies here are tender and accent each corner of every note. The immediate touchstone, hard to miss, is the horn-rimmed sophistication of Elvis Costello but he reminds me of Willey DeVille other areas but, yes, Costello is the elephant in Strange`s room and I find no fault as these songs sink deeper and deeper into each listen.
"Hello Me To You is a piece of Pop/Rock near-perfection. There`s very little here that Stranges doesn`t do well; a striking accomplishment considering that the album is almost entirely written, produced, and performed by himself. The result of his efforts is a terrific musical showcase that maintains its consistency while never sounding dull or as if the songs are blending into one.
The first thing the average music listener will notice is that Stranges sounds very much like Elvis Costello; the vocal similarity is uncanny in particular. To say the music and lyrics is Costello-like is also warranted, but instead of being a sound-alike, Stranges is to Costello as Bob Seger is to Bruce Springsteen; there are similarities, but there are differences enough to where Stranges can settle into his own identity. Still, Costello is a good baseline for determining how much you`d enjoy Stranges`s music since he doesn`t reinvent Pop/Rock music in anyway here; he just takes his own music and plays the hell out of it...Hello Me To You is a fantastic outing in Pop/Rock that leaves little left to be desired once the final song comes to a close. Victor Stranges reveals himself to be quite multi-talented as well with his performance on all the instruments being solid too great.Elvis Costello comparisons will still be inevitable, but there`s no doubt that Hello Me To You is one of the best examples of how enjoyable and well done Pop/Rock can be." - ReviewYou.
"Deep in 70`s classic rock territory is where Mr. Stranges hangs his musical hat-not a bad thing at all, IMHO, as oh-so very, very much great and influential music was put forth at that special time in our sonic pop-rock history. The richly creative tradition well deserves to continue inspiring all contemporary artists so inclined. Masterfully accomplished rock/pop vocals are the focus here, set in and set off by a most solid rhythm section, replete with delightfully toned crunchy classic rock guitars. Beds and touches of organ, a sprinkling of bells, some lush orchestra, and other complementary additions are then placed in most all the appropriate places. Enviable engineering and insightful production skills are evident everywhere." -Mike Ososki.
"After just one listen to Victor Stranges` debut album"Hello Me To You" and you feel a sense of warmth, like it is an album that will go straight onto your favourites list and be played for years to come. This is an amazing album that reminds you just how good music can sound. Victor Stranges and his unique style of music are certainly one of the finds of the year." - MediaSearch. While some may be off-put with the Costello histrionics, you either are down with the program here or you are not. I am trusting fans of intensely high-crafted songs from an artist in command of his wits and talent will win you over as it has me. Wow, the talent Victor Stranges possess is immense and I can`t wait for his next exploration. A Winner!
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