inner voice magazine review
GO WITH ME: Second Chance
Reviewed by John Lee of INNER VOICE MAGAZINE
Second Chance, is the second offering by Indie
crossover band, Go With Me. This eclectic
collection of 15 tracks (that’s right, 15!) tells
the stories of love and heartache (mostly
heartache), life and its struggles, and God’s
grace (in the form of second chances).
All the songs are original compositions by
songwriter/bassist Bob Idakaar. Idakaar teams up
with friend and multi-instrumentalist Bruce
Gatewood, vocalist Rich Ortiz, and a talented team
of accomplished musicians to record this
collection of rock/folk-flavored songs (with touch
of reggae) geared for the “seasoned” listener. For
those of us who grew up listening to classic rock
before they became classics, this album offers
listeners their second chance to relive that
musical era (minus the negative messages).
Produced by Idakaar and Gatewood, this album
flashed me back to shades of Neil Young, Eric
Clapton and even Bob Marley.
Ortiz’s lead vocals, a cross between Paul
McCartney and Eric Clapton, really shine in the
inspirational piece, “Calm Water,” one of the
standouts on this album. The recording quality is
superior, as you can hear the acoustic instruments
and vocals burst through brilliantly. On the
inside sleeve of the CD cover, Idakaar thanks God
for his second chance at life and music. He
certainly made the most of it here with this
wonderfully produced CD.
The Bottom Line:
John: Master musicians who offer their own mature
(and family-friendly) brand of rock with a
Delia: I appreciated the variety of sounds on this
album… some gentle and peaceful while others
lively, passionate, and spirited.
Jim: A very high quality production… My favorite
track is “Calm Water.”