This is the latest review of The Micah Walk Band's debut album, Change:
Posted on Indie-Music.com (January 2007)
by Catherine L. Tully
This debut album by The Micah Walk Band is truly outstanding. Walk's voice and the band's superb and interesting musicianship are the hallmarks that make this CD great. Tracing their roots back, you'll find each member of this band has been in love with music for a long time. Walk and drummer Darin Holthaus met while working in a music store, and the rest is history.
Rock is the backbone of this CD, providing a current that runs solidly throughout, but you can also hear a funk influence and some pure, simple acoustic work, as well as hard-hitting, progressive sounds. Nothing too "out there," but enough to really keep it interesting.
Walk's lyrics don't read nearly as well as they come across when he sings them. His voice adds a dimension to the thoughts that show they come from his heart, not his head. While some rock bands, especially newly formed ones, can put out a debut album that is a good listen but sounds like it was recorded in a coffee house, this effort is polished without being overly processed. You wouldn't be surprised to hear this on the radio, and you certainly wouldn't think it was a debut album. These guys sound like they have been playing together for a long time.
The best part about this CD is that it is so easy to listen to, from start to finish. There isn't one out-of-place or poorly-placed song. From the upbeat, catchy first track, "Lucky," to the quiet, beautiful midpoint of the album, "Red," to the final track, "Ordinary Things," it's a great ride all the way.
Micah Walk was voted Best Musician in the Illinois Times' "Best of Springfield 2006," and I have no doubt that 2007 will bring some great things for this new band. They're solid, interesting and very enjoyable.
Link to review: http://indie-music.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=5536
What some other good people have said:
“This Micah Walk is really good. He’s one of the best I’ve ever heard in my bar. You should check him out.”
- Jim Wavering
(owner of Marly’s Pub in Springfield, IL)
“…a funky feel and great grooves that emphasize the lyrics, supporting and carrying them.”
- Tom Irwin
(Illinois Times, July 2006)