R.X. Bertoldi | Tracks in Perspective

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Tracks in Perspective

by R.X. Bertoldi

R.X. Bertoldi's proven songwriting remains strong here, and with the support of acclaimed Seattle producer Johnny Sangster and a few of the city's other top musicians, his new set of 12 originals makes for a compelling Americana / Roots Rock-n-Roll album.
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1. Change It All
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2. Small Sacrifices
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3. Something Good
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4. Vendetta Collage
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5. Set Me Free
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6. Everything They Stole
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7. Cold Steel Shell
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8. Black Coffee in the Mornin' (Full Band Version)
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9. Karmic Intervention
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10. Standing up Today
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11. Love Shine
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12. I'll Carry On
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R.X. "Bob" Bertoldi's proven songwriting remains strong here, and with the support of acclaimed Seattle producer Johnny Sangster and a few of the city's other top musicians, his new set of 12 originals makes for a compelling Americana / Roots Rock-n-Roll album.

In "Small Sacrifices", Bertoldi tackles drug addiction and Hollywood's predatory me-too explosion in one fell swoop. His "Cold Steel Shell" paints a portrait of a soldier who returned from Iraq only to face PTSD, substance abuse and other struggles for years after. The songs "Vendetta Collage" and "Karmic Intervention" address false-light invasion of privacy, bullying, and political corruption, while "Everything They Stole" takes aim at clerical abuse and retribution. The narrator in Bertoldi's "Set Me Free" shares his first hand experience of wrongful incarceration, but also of the overriding power of courage, love, and resilience in the face of unjust circumstances. While Bertoldi covers some grim topics on his new "Tracks...", it is these last sentiments that ring loudest and most clear on the record.

"Tracks in Perspective" is an album filled with strong emotions and grit, but one that underscores the fact that in virtually all cases, "...The future is ours to choose", as the narrator sings in the opening track, "Change It All". Powerful gospel-esque backing vocals by Seattle female vocal trio of Maelu Strange and sisters Gena and Tanisha Brooks also help drive home the album's vibe of fortitude on two songs: "Small Sacrifices" and "Standing Up Today". The final cut on the album "I'll Carry On" echoes the same theme in title and lyric when the narrator sings, "You can buy what they say / Push the stones in my way / 'Cause come what may / I''ll Carry On".

Bertoldi's songs hold up well on their own -- including the full-band treatment of his previously released (and successful SiriusXM Coffeehouse staple for a few years) "Black Coffee in the Mornin'". However, they are notably bolstered by the excellent musicianship and production support he receives in the studio from some of Seattle's finest players and Mr. Sangster. Drummer Eric Eagle's solid and well-suited beats are complemented just right by the equally tasteful and grooving bass lines delivered by Keith Lowe (8 songs) and Aaron Harmonson (4 songs). Rob Mitchell's keyboards highlight several songs, as he provides soulful organ and lively boogie woogie piano chops throughout the record. Likewise, Johnny Sangster adds masterfully understated electric guitar lines (along with his production finesse) to each of the tracks. All the above combines to find R.X. "Bob" Bertoldi raising the bar a couple notches on his latest album of reflective originals, aptly titled, "Tracks in Perspective".

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