BAND/AUTHOR:

JAY RYAN BERETTI

(FRANCE)

TITLE:
SUPERMAN (2020)
LABEL:
AUTRE LABEL
GENRE:
ROCK

"Jay Ryan Beretti offers "Superman", an album in a rock style with Elvis' touches, rather successful if one is sensitive to the style."
CALGEPO - 14.09.2020 - (0) minds from our readers - (0) comment(s)
3/5
What can go through a child's mind when he discovers singers when he is forging his musical education? This is the question one could ask Jay Ryan Beretti, who discovered Elvis Presley at a very young age. It must be said that the King is and remains in the United States (and in the world) an icon of rock, the symbol that has popularized the genre beyond its origins. The Frenchman will thus do everything to live his dream to the fullest, that of becoming an artist in the image of his idol. To do so, he will train and participate in American music festivals that take place in France. Little by little his performances began to interest Americans until he was selected by Graceland to represent France in Memphis in 1997, on the occasion of the tribute to Elvis Presley for the 20th anniversary of his death.

This contest, far from the clichés as presented by the mainstream media, which often summarize them as Elvis look-alikes at the end of his life, was the trigger for Jay Ryan to continue his American adventure. Strong of his success, he opened for Big Al Downing (collaborator of Fats Domino in particular) who will take him under his wing in order to write him (with Jerry Phillips, son of Sam Phillips, creator of Sun Records) songs of his first album ("Runaway Heart") released at the beginning of the 2000s.

It took 20 years for the second album, "Superman", to hit record stores. It consists of both personal compositions and four reinterpretations of sometimes surprising tracks (The Cure, David Guetta). With such a path, one could have guessed that the album would bathe in a very 60's and even 70's rock. This is not quite the case. Jay Ryan Beretti doesn't remain locked in a style and disseminates over the tracks other influences that bring diversity to an album that one might have thought would be monolithic. When we listen to this album, we remember the albums of Chris Isaack or Chris Rea which have in particular the common point to possess a singular tessitura.

"Superman" is therefore more than tribute. Like a crossing of America of the great outdoors, we find elements of country rock ('Superman'), blues rock ('I'm Down'), more traditional blues ('Bensonhrost Blues'), gospel ('Without My Baby') or typical charming singer of Elvis ('Don't Cry Baby'). Jay Ryan's voice is like a chameleon that adapts to the musical color of the style approached in the songs. It is clear, powerful and above all seems natural. The covers benefit from an interesting rereading that gives them a new vision like 'Lovers On The Sun' more organic with its epic chorus and its energetic passages. One of the qualities of the album is to leave room for the instrumentation and the music, especially by not being stingy in short guitar solos.

17 years after his first album, Jay Ryan Beretti offers "Superman", a superhero album in a rock style with Elvis' touches, rather successful if one is sensitive to the style.

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SIMILAR BANDS:
THE CURE, CHRIS REA

TRACK LISTING:
01. Superman (flying In The Sky)
02. I'm Down
03. Lovesong
04. Bensonhurst Blues
05. My Life
06. Lovers On The Sun
07. Without My Baby
08. Hear My Call
09. Don't Cry Baby
10. Life Fades Away


LINEUP:
Jay Ryan: Chant / Guitares / Basse / Claviers

TAGS:
70's, 80's, Easy Listening / FM, Bluesy
 
 
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