After many years of dialing it up for other bands and artists in his studio, Brian Eaton, musician/engineer/producer, has dialed up his debut solo album, Graphic Nature. This is Eaton’s debut full-length rock/pop album, and it is literally a solo record since he wrote, performed and recorded all the instruments and vocals.
From deception, betrayal and infidelity to addictions, afflictions and mortality, Graphic Nature takes the listener through the struggles of the human condition. Using a dynamic range of styles from hard rock to pop, the album swings like a pendulum with sounds reminiscent of Peter Gabriel’s progressive rock blended with the industrial tones of Nine Inch Nails and Linkin Park, the psychedelic feel of Pink Floyd and the harmonies of Alice In Chains. With songs like “Tinnitus” and “You’re A Hurricane” that pound with heavy guitars and drums, powerful vocals, swelling dynamics and lyrics born out of frustration, to the haunting piano and stirring vocals of “When I Die,” the album undulates with character and emotion. Then there are the hybrids like the killer opener “Sobriety” and Eaton’s version of Seal’s mega-hit “Crazy” that fuse infectious beats with both pop and rock elements mixed with techno overtones. Other songs, such as “The Preacher,” “Ovis Aries” and the title track, “Graphic Nature,” are simply pure rock in nature.
Then like a versatile pitcher, Eaton throws a complete change up using acoustic driven songs like, “So Cruel” and “Sobriety II” to swing the listener with rhythm and potent pop-vocal hooks that sing about love and life gone bad. The album closes with the uplifting and redeeming track, “The One Who Shines,” where Eaton deals with the human proclivity to kick against the goads, as when he sings, “Light, it shines my way, if only I would look and not turn away / Life, it comes my way, if only I would open up and embrace.”