Review – Dylan Menzie

Album: Adolescent Nature
Release Date: May 20, 2016
Genre: Indie/Folk/Rock/Pop

Belle River, Prince Edward Island singer/songwriter Dylan Menzie has released his sophomore album Adolescent Nature. The seven track release includes the previously released single, “Kenya”, which has gotten Menzie into the final round of the CBC Searchlight Competition. Adolescent Nature follows his 2013 release, Heather Avenue.

The album starts off with “Talk To Me”, which shows off Menzie’s range and how strong his vocals can be. “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”, a sentiment which rings true for most of us that live on the east coast, references many places familiar to Islanders in a fast paced, catchy song. “Looking Back” starts off with a quiet, acoustic guitar, unlike the previous two songs. It loses its stripped down sound and picks up the pace about halfway through, but overall it is a slower song that listeners will surely enjoy. “That’s The Way”, the last and longest song of the album clocks in at just over six minutes. It follows a similar structure as “Looking Back”, starting off simple and soft, with just guitar and vocals, before adding more instruments and harmonies nearing the end of the song before coming to a close.

Overall, the album is simply a pleasure to listen to. Menzie’s unique voice conveys his lyrics with honesty and allows the listener to feel a wide range of emotions stemming from the music. Though I wasn’t completely blown away with his first release in 2013, Adolescent Nature has definitely made me appreciate just how talented he is.

Catch Dylan on his upcoming tour:

May 20th – May Run Music Festival, Charlottetown, PE
May 21st – May Run Music Festival, Summerside, PE
May 22nd – May Run Music Festival After Party, Charlottetown, PE
May 24th – Plan B, Moncton, NB
May 27-28th – Living Roots Music Festival, Fredericton, NB
June 8th – The Piston, Toronto, ON
June 9th – The Boathouse, Kitchener, ON
June 10th – Dstrct, Guelph, ON
June 11th – Paddy Flaherty’s, Sarnia, ON
June 13th – LIVE on Elgin, Ottawa, ON
June 14th – The Coach & Horses, Kawartha Lakes, ON
June 15th – The Spill, Peterborough, ON
June 18th – Sound of Music Festival, Burlington, ON
June 23rd – The Company House, Halifax, NS
June 24th – Union Street Café, Berwick, NS
July 10th – Pictou Lobster Carnival, Pictou, NS
July 11th – Market Square, Saint John, NB

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