Chris Velan | It's Not What You Think

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Pop: Folky Pop Reggae: Roots Reggae Moods: Featuring Guitar
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It's Not What You Think

by Chris Velan

A passionate display of singer-songwriting on this debut album that deftly weaves pop/rock, soul and reggae into a style drawing comparisons to Ben Harper and Paul Simon.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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2. Bodycount
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3. Wicked Stylee
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4. Lights On
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5. Toenail Clipping Moon
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Album Notes
The first guitar came at age nine - a junior size classical guitar from Sears that he could hardly fit his arms around. The first song was written at fourteen on a Fender knockoff that he only knew to pick with his fingers rather than a pick (and still does). In 1998, he formed "Equalizer" with his two brothers, a seven-piece reggae band that quickly built a following in hometown Montreal and earned itself opening spots for big reggae names like Burning Spear, Michael Rose and Andrew Tosh.
But it was during the summer of 2002, while playing concerts in refugee camps in Guinea and filming a documentary about Sierra Leonean refugee musicians that Chris had a revelation about his own musical future. "I always had the idea that music is something you can choose - These people taught me that music had chosen me and that I had no choice but to listen".
Now, with his debut solo album, "It's Not What You Think", we are getting an exciting look into the musical world that Chris has been creating for a long time. "It's Not What You Think" presents songs that reflect Chris' search to fuse the lyrical sensibilities of singer-songwriting with the strong rhythmic backbone of his inluences. What we get is a brand of folk-rock drawing upon reggae, blues, soul and funk that grabs hold and does not let go.


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I live in Wyoming. There are no Chris Velan albums around. I have traveled to Colorado to find his music only to return empty-handed. Yesterday my girlfriend showed up at my door with both his albums and right into the player they went. "Shiver" was the only song I could ever find by him and I was in awe. When I listened to him at length he was even better than I imagined...

The reggae vibe isn't always noticeable in his tunes but you can always detect it in the roots of any song. Both this album and TWITTER BUZZ HOWL are heavy with socially conscious folkish tunes. But don't be misleads by that, we aren't talking early Bob Dylan sort of folk. Velan is a variety of easy-going tunage that will leave you feeling good no matter the time or place. Throw in this disc and watch the summer sun set.


Simply amazing
The title says it all. I love Chris Velan's music. Everything I've heard from him, I've loved. I keep listening to the CDs over and over again. =)

Al Mendelsohn

Most original artist in years
While I must admit to knowing Chris from a time in his life he would rather forget, it still would not change my opinion that this is one of the most original sounds heard in years. In what could only be described as accoustic reggae funk rock (no, im serious), Chris conjures up some Ben Harper, but different, and with a lyrical style that is truly unique and thought-provoking. I listen to this album constantly. I literally have dreams of directing the video for "Body Count". I can see it in my head right now. Chris turns a phrase, makes you think, and takes you away all at the same time. Buy this album - you won't regret it.


Great CD -- solid throughout
This CD is solid throughout --- certain songs are absolutely exceptional, but I highly doubt you will be turned off by any of them. For $10 buy 20 for your friends as will not be dissapointed.

Brad Martin

Each song is unique and great - the music sticks with you...
Mr. Christopher Velan has made a very impressive album. It got about 10 consecutive plays through in my car - only to be stopped because a student I tutor insisted I let him borrow it for the weekend! Now I am eager to get it back, as the melodies have begun to fade in my head after a few days. I look forward to Chris' next effort - 8 songs isn't enough! - and I know that he is full of insightful lyrics and beautiful music.

Taylor Kirkpatrick

Super Cool CD!
This album is solid from start to finish - thoughtful lyrics, very melodic, and the performer looks very attactive on the cover. Go well, Chris - you deserve the certain success.

Arturo Campos

Simply... Awesome
I'm from Costa Rica, and I became a fan of Chris Velan's music from the start that listening. I absolutely recommend this album, and "Twitter, Buzz, Howl". His music is amazing, I can't wait for the release of "Solidago" (the new album).


The BEST workout and listening CD...from 29 and holding tight!!
I actually bought this CD to support Chris because my daughters and I happen to know Chris and his family. Well to my great surprise it is absolutely fabulous...great voice, great tunes, great daughters range in age from 23 to 30 and therefore I am 29 (and holding very tight) and we ALL love the CD. I listen to it in my car, at home, at work on my computer and most importantly I use at the gym as my all time favorite workout tunes.All in all a very versatile great CD...congrats Chris!!

ps.....When can we expect your next release??

Nancy Ogden

No skipping!
You know those rare CDs that you can listen to right through - no skipping songs? This CD is one of those gems! In fact, if there's any skipping you'll do, it'll be to hear each song twice!

Barnes Jones - United Kingdom

If you want some serious thought out but feel good music, I can strongly advise this cd. It's been in my cd player for a few weeks now without me taking it out, and everyone I've played it to has been mighty impressed. Not a bad song on the album. Well done Chris Velan!
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