Well, after many weeks of anticipation, Canadian Idol, 24-year-old Ryan Malcolm of Kingston Ontario, released his first full length CD - Home. I have to say that this is an impressive body of work - the diverse song styles allow this album to be appreciated and respected by music lovers of all ages and discerning musical tastes. It was produced with care and stellar attention to detail and Ryan's golden voice is the center that holds all the harmonic and melodic components together. The team of musicians, producers and engineers really treated this young man with the respect that he so deserves - the songs reflect Ryan's personal style, his diversity and his exceptional vocal ability and range.
As a listener, a couple of these songs didn't really appeal to me -however I am sure many listeners would say the same thing about this or any CD that they have purchased. Some songs are obviously there as "filler" and the rest are the gems and the cornerstone of this album and they are excellent.
The programming sequence of the songs on this album was planned and formulated in exceptional fashion. This makes a huge difference in the listener's first impression of the album. We are never allowed to wallow too long in the melodic ballads or be energized too long with the up tempo numbers - we are given a couple of doses of each, mixed with a sprinkle of mid-tempo songs and a lot of different genres to enjoy and to appeal to everyone.
The Home album is an eclectic collection of memorable songs and, except for a few technical and artistic glitches here and there - and what CD does not experience this - this album, in my opinion is an unqualified success. Congratulations to Ryan and his talented team of writers and producers - very good work indeed!