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Id Guinness: Reviews

Thank you for creating some wonderful music. I don't know if you got to listen to the show, but I made the comment that if your song "The One That Got Away" had been around 20-30 years ago and played on corporate radio, that we would be listening to it today as a "classic" rock song, along side those of Pink Floyd and the Moody Blues. I think it's that powerful.

Good luck and continued success. Don't hesitate to let me know what I or my show can do for you.
Don D. Lewis, Host/Producer - The Big Break Podcast

On one of my typically shiftless evenings, I found this Canadian gem laying amongst the rocks and flotsam and jetsam washed ashore. It’s a special treat from Vancouver - - Id Guinness. The song, “Rising River” has been on my mind quite a bit recently. The song and its clean production values shine. And, as a result, I have kind of been haunted by Id Guinness’ voice. I burned this song more than a month ago and generally listen to it about once a day. When everyone else is showing every indication and desire to go harder, faster and with more distortion effects - here's some real talent with clean production values. Good Stuff!!

Your stuff sounds great man. The wife and I are sitting here grooving to it on the myspace jukebox.
Happy trails
Mike Scott, The Waterboys - Myspace

Soul Envy reviews

4 stars Canadian multi-instrumentalist and composer Id Guinness released his debut album back in 2007, a production that earned him quite a lot of praise with its sophisticated take on mainstream rock music. In the spring of 2010 he returned with his second effort exploring music residing in the borderlands between mainstream and art rock in the shape of "Soul Envy".

The compositions presented are all of the relatively brief variety, with just one song clocking in at just over 5 minutes in length. The compositional structure is rather straight forward, few shifts in pace and with a limited number of themes and motifs explored. And while the obvious similarities aren't too many, I'd describe the general approach as one containing similarities with artists such as The Beatles, REM and - to some extent - Chris Rea.

The arrangement is the factor that adds levels of sophistication to his endeavours. Floating synths, strings, organ and the occasional mellotron-sounding layer are added to the proceedings. On some occasions as subtle downmixed textures adding minor details to the sonic tapestry, on other occasions in the shape of rich multilayered and at times dominating embellishments to the main musical motif or theme. Late 70's Pink Floyd can probably be called upon as a point of reference for this aspect of the compositions, containing both symphonic and space-tinged elements presented in a warm and sophisticated manner.

All in all it's an interesting album too, where my personal taste goes towards the track Back of My Hand as the standout track amidst many solid efforts. Highly recommended to those who'd like to enjoy a slice of sophisticated mainstream rock with distinct progressive credentials.

Windhawk - Progarchives (Aug 23, 2010)

After three years "Cure For The Common Crush" returns to us the Canadian Prog singer-songwriter Id Guinness. With artwork really sharp in imagery, composed of photographs and melancholy mood, "Soul Envy " is at times an introspective work, where the author lays bare his soul.

As with its predecessor, the musical culture of the artist comes out between the notes of the fourteen tracks, so it's no surprise to mix Beatles with Pink Floyd or King Crimson. "Guardian Of The New Frontier" gently caresses your ears with veiled, soaring melancholy sounds, and is easy to grasp. The style and sound...is sometimes reminiscent of the '80s, e.g. New Wave. But Id also surrounds himself with great artists such as Curtis Debray on guitar, Pat Steward (Beat & Loops), Donn Tarris, Lee Oliphant and Marie- Josie Dandenau on bass, Jesse Zubot on violin and mandolin. The most striking aspect is the simplicity with which the songs are structured, with absolutely enjoyable refrains, often atmospherically airy and carefree, such as in "Three Steps." 

Soul Envy seems to be a timeless record, a journey through the years in Rock, an excursion that takes place between climbs and descents. Not to be missed are the deeper, more acoustic moments, as in the beautiful "Face The Sun," when the electric guitar chills, and other psychedelics such as "Back Of My Hand." His singer-songwriter style is absolutely different from the average artist, exploring experimental sounds while keeping sight of the melody.

This is music to listen to without preconceptions, made without great pretensions, but with pride. Id Guinness is an artist that I appreciate because I am moved by the music's simplicity and also by the way certain sounds recall Pink Floyd, one of my favorite bands; but this is just a matter of personal taste.

"Soul Envy " is a record well above the average, and I recommend it to those who are tired of too many technicalities and want to rest their ears, perhaps close their eyes and dream. (Translated from original Italian)

MS - Rock Impressions (Aug 8, 2010)

Since the 80s, Id Guinness has been a singer songwriter and very active session keyboardist in the Canadian music scene. Id Guinness began a solo career in 2007 with "Cure For the Common Crush" a first album surprising in its freshness and diversity of influences. In 2010, the Vancouver musician returns with "Soul Envy" which pays tribute to the classic rock of David Bowie, Peter Gabriel or Roger Waters, plus some resemblance to Porcupine Tree (In Absentia and Deadwing period), Faith No More, and even Muse. A very well produced album, with its airy guitars merging effortlessly with sound loops and other samples. A composer unique in his genre, who is equal to his influences, all masters of rock. (Translated from original French.)

Vancouver singer-songwriter Id Guinness describes himself as Melodramatic Popular Song/Psychedelic/Gothic and has performed and recorded with many Canadian artists and bands including K.D. Lang and Randy Bachman. He has been a touring member of the Juno-nominated folk group ‘The Wyrd Sisters,’ and spent the summers of 2007 and 2008 criss-crossing Western Canada with ‘Canada’s First Ladies of Folk.’

Soul Envy is a follow up to the 2007 album "Cure for the Common Crush." Id Guinness has a good voice, and Soul Envy is packed full of imaginative songs. The production is excellent, with strong contrasts between a full sound coupled with passages of his solo voice. Not sure how easy it is to get over in the UK but you can listen to a few tracks and buy the album on his MySpace page.

- My Dad Rocks (Mar 29, 2010)

We remember Cure For the Common Crush, the debut album by Id Guinness, surprising in its freshness and diversity of influences...it is clear that the guy gets better with age with his expanding scope and references. The recipe for his previous work evolved while paying tribute to the classic rock heavyweights such as Peter Gabriel, David Bowie and Roger Waters. This time, he has drawn from...Porcupine Tree (In Absentia and Deadwing period), Faith No More or Muse. While refrencing these famous signatures, the artist does not impose any restrictions, as evidenced by "Guardians of the New Frontier "or "Back of My Hand." Guitars, sometimes ethereal, sometimes raw, merge effortlessly with sound loops and other samples. It is impossible also to ignore the production, which provides beautiful thrills. Soul Envy only confirms the presence in the current landscape of a truly unique composer in his genre. (Translated from original French.)

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