Being Alone review by Julian Thome

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  • Released: Mar 20, 2015
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.5 (2 votes)
Julian Thome: Being Alone
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Sound — 8
First off, this is a single release and no album. But it features a number of cool things that are worth to mention.

"Being Alone" features some great deep and skillful vocals, while it's the first song released by Julian Thome. It has a good feeling and tempo, although the song could be much longer than the typical 3-minute radio standard, so it kinda ends to soon. You can easily listen to this tune over and over again and it doesn't get boring or lame, so it's always fresh and doesn't sound too dated.

Surprisingly, this debut single features a number of musicians, who played on records you may have heard before. There's an electric guitar by Andy Susemihl, which sounds soft and rocky the same time. Susemihl is known for having played in some famous hard rock bands such as U.D.O. and Sinner. He plays a guitar style you may remember from Scorpions' "Wind of Change," which may sound a bit dated, but nonetheless it fits to the song. The bass on this track was played by Dieter Rubach, who is known for being the bassist on the early incarnations of Accept, as well as U.D.O., he adds some interesting bass lines to it, which fit perfectly to the electric piano.

On the other side you have the legendary record producer and mixer Stuart Epps, who does the backing vocals. You can easily imagine the song without those, but one more time, it fits to the song. Then you have another well known player, who is best known to have played the saxophone solo on Whitney Houston's first number one hit "How Will I Know," Premik Russell Tubbs added a sax section which is too far in the background, but at least a few sounds come through, which lets the song even sound bigger. The programmed drums could be done better by a real drummer and if you look at this remarkable line-up, you may ask yourself, "Why there's no drummer?," but once again, it still works and we have a great pop ballad here.

Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are really sweet, well-written and sound true. By listening to it, you don't hear any stupid lines or other things that sound strange, in fact you can hear the singer puts all his heart and soul in those lines. Also, that's exactly the thing that makes it interesting for the listener. It kinda sounds like the typical "love theme," same old story told another 1000th time, but it's still enjoyable and may fit to the current situations of the listener.

Julian sings very clear and strong, his voice goes up and down very clever without pointing out how good his skills are or how many scales he can reach. This all makes it very easy to listen to.

Overall Impression — 9
The voice sounds special but also familiar. You may hear some strong Eric Burdon (The Animals) as well as a bit Adele or Duffy. You can also imagine Jim Morrison (The Doors) singing it, while not having the typical "drug sound." This song would have been a good choice for a "soft-voiced" Joe Cocker. Julian's voice sounds soft and a bit raw at the same time, but in the end it sounds true, while you don't have the feeling this is "auto-tuned" in any way.

Overall, this is a sympathic tune for rock and pop listeners, which doesn't get boring. Sounds familiar but yet different from the typical radio stuff.

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