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Ferras - 2008 Aliens And Rainbows

ARTIST: Ferras
ALBUM: Aliens And Rainbows
LABEL: Capitol
YEAR: 2008


LINEUP: Ferras - vocals, piano

TRACK LISTING: 01 Liberation Day * 02 Aliens And Rainbows * 03 Something About You * 04 Hollywood's Not America * 05 Everybody Bleeds The Same * 06 Rush * 07 My Beautiful Lie * 08 Soul Rock * 09 Blame, Blame, Blame * 10 Dear God * 11 Don't Give Up * 12 Take My Lips



The first quarter of 2008 has seen the emergence of pianist/vocalist Ferras come through to the fore. Of Jordanian descent, Ferras (real name Ferras Alqaisi, and pronounced Fur Aahs, as opposed to Ferris) is a sure fire contender to the likes of Elton John and Stevie Wonder - so the popular scribes say. We've seen a few contenders in the past - attacking the modern pop scene with a blaze of glory over the ivories. Britain's Jamie Callum springs to mind, and if you veer outward toward the other gender, a young lady like Vanessa Carlton was busy strengthening her fingernails such was a potency of her piano laden pop ditties from a few years ago. No doubt there are a few other contenders in the stream - but Ferras rise also has an interesting story. Originally from Southern Illinois, Ferras was a lost soul as a youth and upon his parents breakup, he was deceived by his father into going for a trip to Disneyland, only to be spirited away to his fathers homeland of Jordan. Eventually he was retrieved by his mother, to be bought up with a typical Illinois upbringing (Denise Richards.. are you reading this?? lol ..Ed), only for him to convince his mother that they move to sunny California (Santa Barbara) instead - which they did. From here, a musical career beckoned, and with pen and piano at the ready, commenced his journey. An unlikely liasison with Limp Biskit's Fred Durst proved to be the shot in the arm for Ferras, and although Durst's record label went belly-up, it was enough for Durst to introduce Ferras to Capitol Records Jason Flom. The rest is .. history as they say..

The Songs
'Aliens And Rainbows' has been out since April 2008, and has slowly been working its way through the media scrum and charts system. Ferras has been busy doing national spots on TV shows, and recently went out on tour with Ryan Cabrera. Ferra's songs are surely catchy. For example, he provides a punchy piano power of opener 'Liberation Day' which is bound to have fans of The Beatles and Aviary rather excited. The cascade of the title track 'Aliens And Rainbows' takes us back a generation with a sound tailored toward all the great pop that emanated out of the 70's. The semi-ballad 'Hollywood's Not America' is surely an ode to all those young starlets that have ventured out to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune. For every girl that 'made it', there were thousands of others that didn't. The achingly simple ballad 'Rush' is high on sentiment and atmosphere, and has proved to be a popular track among his new found fans, though the vocal delivery (to my ears) is not the strongest. 'My Beautiful Life' has a nice modern pop/rock vibe, and is drenched in melody.. a great track! Going one step further into what could be described as 'nu-breed' territory is the bouncy pop/rock of 'Blame Blame Blame'. Ferras asks some hard questions on 'Dear God', the twisted melodies and lyrics breaks out with the declaration of 'if you really exist.. why do I have to deal with all this bullshit..'. Fair question.. one that many kids in this generation have probably pondered upon themselves.. lol!. For me, one of the 'rock tracks' here is the brilliant 'Don't Give Up', containing the same sort of angst and energy that reminded me of Euro artists Erik Faber and Poets Of The Fall. Ferras finishes up with another poignant ballad 'Take My Lips', demonstrating the singer/pianist talent once again.

In Summary
For this writer, I still think it's early days yet for Ferras, but the young man certainly has a lot going for him. It's slick and glossy, and the production job courtesy of Bobby Dazzler producer 'The Matrix' is surely enough to get Ferras off the starting grid in his debut season. Some may have preferred a more organic sound (you really only hear it on the track 'Soul Rock'), but come on, it's his first album, give the boy a break! It's great that aforementioned artists such as Elton John and Stevie Wonder are used as reference points. You only need to look at their vast discographies to see how many years it took for them to achieve their success. As they say, Rome wasn't built in a day. But for starters, 'Aliens And Rainbows' is a good enough pointer toward the future for Mr Alqaisi. I look forward to albums number two, three.. and beyond.. well beyond.

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#1 | george_the_jack on July 09 2008 12:59:46
Fantastic review! I totally agree with the above and even with the rating. Ferras is a very promising pianist and a great talent. His debut is really a quality release among the todays worldwide pop scene.
#2 | Eric on July 10 2008 01:06:40
I listened to some of the tracks here and Myspace as well as his web site ('Liberation Day' is the high point) and I agree George- he has a way to go. A couple more albums and we could very well have a major player here. Agree with George-The-Jack an incredible bio on this guy- wow!
#3 | rostoned on July 24 2008 00:21:38
Just bought the original full length sealed CD on Capitol for the princely sum of 31 cents of euro ($ 0.49), hope it's worth it! And then some people complain that CDs are still expensive these days....hilarious
#4 | imprimateur on July 24 2008 03:57:53
Really like this!
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