From Niagara Falls, New York, comes another talented
country artist, Perry Novak, with his CD Debut, "Never So Strong", which is also
a lovely, spritely title song on the album.
Perry Novak has a sound that strikes me as familiar,
but I couldn't name one particular artist to fit his style/sound. After listening a few
times, I realized I was hearing a glimpse of T.Graham Brown and Paul Overstreet, yet
Perry's voice is distinct in it's own right. It leaves me to wonder if these artists were
ones that he admires. I couldn't find a trace of his trying to mimick either's style or
voice, just a way about his music that makes it familiar.
"Never So Strong" is filled with 12 songs and
in the tradition of good country, follows the many courses of life. From a father and son
relationship in "Between Father And Son" to the broken heart of love lost as in
"That Someone Was Me". Showing his playful side in the comical, "Outlaw To
My Inlaws" and his rightious side in "Stand Up And Fight". If I have to
chose a favorite from this album it would be, "Every Time You're Lonely", a
lovely ballad of a man refusing his love the second chance to break his heart.
From honky tonkin' to cryin', Perry has covered all the
basis. "Paycheck To Paycheck", "It's Not Fair" with a hint of swing
and rock combined, "Gettin' Use To This Abuse" and many more take you through
the ups and downs and back again.
Perry's newest album, "Here I Am" is
scheduled to be released in May. He has also released 2 "relaxation" CD's
"Emerald Mist" and Sapphire Sky, with plans for a third "Crimson Dawn"
in mid 1998.