"River" Reviewed in Good Times Magazine 4-6-04
by Dan Brown
"There's no way you can listen to this record and not walk away believing that Vince Donohue is great writer of love songs. His new disc River is a very polished collection of soft rock love vignettes built on a foundation of passion and deep emotion.
"The pains of unrequited love are felt from the start with "Does He Sing To You," where Vince asks the target of his affection. "Does he sing to you? Does he tell you that you're beautiful"? The talking a girl into leaving her boyfriend for him theme returns in "Hey Sarah," Vince urges the unfulfilled young lady to run to him and not look back.
The music might best be described as romantic, and the easy listening melodies sometimes even bring the sound to the brink of the ethereal. If a guy is bringing a girl home with the intention of making a move, this cd will help enhance the mood and increase you're scoring odds.
"River's strongest work is track seven, where Donohue reduces all of the complications of the boy meets girl experience into a three and a half minute summation of voice and acoustic guitar with "I'll Wait For You".
"A full listen to River would lead one to believe that Vince Donohue wants to fill the world with silly love songs.
"And what's wrong with that? Vince's online home is www.vincedonohue.com"
A mix of heart-felt ballads and high-energy rock songs, Vince's music has been described as Duncan Sheik meets David Gray, with shades of Peter Gabriel and Squeeze. Hard-hitting rock songs combine elements of funk and blues with stomping rock grooves. Songs like "River", with a shifting 7/8 to 4/4 time signature, take the listener through unexpected turns. Ballads like "Even While I Sleep" punctuate the listening experience with poignant honesty.
Vince Donohue appears in Bilboard Magazine as a featured songwriter in the 40th Songwriter 's Showcase held by the National Academy of Popular Music. Vince's music has received radio airplay on WLIR's "Munchaba Live" show and is in medium rotation at CW Post's WCWP.
Vince shines as a live performer. His contagious energy onstage surrounds and absorbs the listener. The Vince Donohue Band has awed New York crowds in venues such as the famed CBGB 's and the Westbeth Theater, as well as Long Island venues such as The Downtown and Mulcahey's.
Vince enjoys membership in ASCAP as well as a seven-year membership in The NationaI Academy of Popular Music/Songwriter's Hall of Fame. He is recognized as one of the best songwriters that the NAPM has to offer. Having competed with nearly 150 songwriters, Vince was the first of eight songwriters featured in the 40th Songwriter's Showcase held at the Makor in New York City.
Vince is a musical presence on the Internet with his web site, www.vincedonohue.com. It features highlights of live shows, musical downloads, clips and performance schedule. His recent participation in a live web cast put his in contact with a worldwide audience. His smooth yet moving ballad, "Even While I Sleep", is a featured song on a benefit compilation CD called "Attack on America, Volume 1". Organized by the socially conscious group Musicians vs. Aids (www.musiciansvsaids.com), this compilation CD, and subsequent volumes, are being widely sold across the country, with the proceeds going directly to the Red Cross Relief Fund for the victims of 9-11.