Review - Van Velzen - The Rush Of Life
Van Velzen has had a special place in my heart for a few years now. He makes awesome instrumental pop music, and he is shorter than me. I’m pretty short myself, so whenever someone is shorter than me, it makes me pretty excited.
While I loved his last two albums, and a few of the singles are sitting somewhere in my music files, I must admit that I kind of forgot about him. There are just so many names and there is so much music floating around, some people just fade in my mind. My bad.
When I saw that he had released his third album, ‘The Rush of Life’, I was immediately excited. I knew that I would like it and that this would be a good review. Please don’t think that this means I didn’t really listen to it though – when I am going to review an album, I always listen to it all the way through (usually twice) and really think about it.
I will start with my criticism – this is my least favorite of his albums. While some parts of it are rather clever and as interesting as a pop album needs to be, it doesn’t feel quite as musically inspired as his last two efforts.
Now, for the good. ‘The Rush Of Life’ focuses on Van Velzen’s life after getting married. When you hear the music and listen to what Velzen is saying, you realize how sweet both he and the album (in turn) are. The album title tells you all – ‘The Rush of Life’ is the woman he loves, and you can see that it has changed him and that he is crazy for her.
While ‘The Rush of Life’ wasn’t my favorite of his discography, the album is still a nice collection of piano-fronted pop rock that uplifts and makes you rock along. A little more filler than I am used to with him perhaps, but to be perfectly honest, anything Van Velzen puts out is better than a lot of what we hear.
Listen to: “Sing Sing Sing”, “The Rush of Life”, “She Breathes Love”, and “You Should Know”