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|Written by Agnes Cadieux|
|Wednesday, 02 February 2011 00:00|
Rex Goudie has come a long way since being Canadian Idol's runner-up in 2005. Who would have though five years after he was dared to try out for the show that he'd make such a name for himself? The 25-year old Burlington, Newfoundland, native already has a platinum-selling first album, Under The Lights (Sony/BMG), a number one hit titled "Run," a SOCAN #1 award, two Juno nominations, and a Canadian Radio Music Award for Best New Solo Artist.
His sophomore album came out way back in 2006, and it was three long years before Goudie released his teaser track "Undone." It surprised everyone with the level of popularity it achieved, making its way onto the Canadian Top 40 and topping the East Coast Countdown. This success inspired Goudie to finally set his course on finishing his third album. Recorded in Backroom Recording and Vespa Studios in Toronto, and produced by longtime bandmate Michael Borkosky, One Hundred Pages Later (Fontana North/Universal Music) is an album full of heart and melody, and it displays Goudie's powerful storytelling talent, East Coast sounds, and a mixture of country and rock melodies.
The 11-track album starts us off with Goudie's first single, "Comin' Back For Good." The song is a tribute to Goudie's father and grandfather, whom he thanks for instilling in him his unrelenting work ethic, and his "down home" musical sensibility. According to Goudie, "Whatever they did, they put as much pride into it as they could, and when someone told them that they couldn't do something, it made them try that much harder to succeed." With its easy chords and light lyrical sounds, it's a tune you'd probably catch yourself singing along to. For those people who have been following Goudie from is Idol days, you'll be thrilled to know that the earlier mentioned teaser, "Undone," is also on the album. Its slower melody is a contrast to the upbeat opener, but Goudie's clear voice makes the tempo palatable, particularly since it's positioned so early on in the album.
From "Giving It All (The Fold)," to the catchy bonus track "Six Months In A Leaky Boat," the album is filled with up-beat tunes and singable lyrics, making it a 'good-for-any-occasion' CD. My personal delight was the haunting melody and deep emotion of "Burn It Down." Spawning from his breakup with co-Idol contestant Melissa O'Neil, Goudie does an excellent job of infusing enough of himself into the track without marring the quality with bitterness or rue.
The album is listenable from end to end. The lyrics have potential to strike a chord with anyone who has managed to live at least 15 years on this earth, but it is casual enough that you wouldn't be shy playing it around friends.
For more information on Rex Goudie please visit: http://www.myspace.com/rexgoudie.
Can't Wait to Listen to the New Recording
The new album sounds like a real winner. Rex has come a long way and is proving himself over and over again.