Black White and Gray, Chris Watson Band’s second studio album released July 2014, was a great way to introduce the new, fully equipped horn section.
Local talent Chris Watson — musician, vocalist, songwriter for band — makes it clear that Chris Watson Band began to get comfortable with the idea of having a full band after touring with the infamous Lynyrd Skynyrd.
For at least six years Watson made music with a three or four instrument band before deciding to upgrade. The album’s main attraction and most impressive component is undoubtedly the full horn section.
The horn section adds many different sounds to the songs, specifically the title track, “Black White and Gray”. And that is what will keep people coming back.
Although their success with the horns is something to brag about, the band’s dependency on it may eventually be their downfall. The intensity of the horn section should come with some intense lyrics.
Instead, the success of their music is completely reliant on the success of the horn section, while the lyrics are less than desirable due to overused theme of heartbreak in the album. Unfortunately.
Chris Watson refers to himself as a “musician before a lyricist”. Consequently, the majority of the album’s lyrics sound like they all came from a single song. Eight out of ten songs on the album have the same overall theme: women are awful.
Seemingly heartbroken Watson sings lyrics such as:
When I ask you where you’ve been you say nowhere,
if I ask you where you’re going,
you don’t know,
I ain’t got the time to sit and worry about your life,
if you ain’t gonna worry about mine
He adds: “I’ve been hearing rumors about you with another man.”
Even though Watson asserts that there is no intentional theme for this album, anyone who listens to this album once could come to the conclusion that Watson is heartbroken. The lack of substantial variety in the songs makes the album .
Still, there are a few lyrical highlights in the album. The title track, “Black White and Gray”, contains the most entertaining lyric of all. Watson sings: “If I find out who he is I can promise, he’ll be hard for you to kiss with no front teeth.”
In the song “It don’t matter” the line “So you can take your little mind control device, and put it neatly where the sun don’t shine” adds a humorous aspect to the already fun upbeat tune. But otherwise, the lyrics are lacking.
In all, the album Black White and Gray is a great way to show the new and improved Chris Watson Band. But it’s not such a great way to gain a wider range of fans.
With their genre of music already being less popular than a majority of mainstream music, Watson should have made more of an effort to make the debut album from his new band better-rounded.
The lack of lyrical creativity and the overemphasized horn section overtook the lyrics to the point where it is difficult to make out what is being sung.
Regardless of the lyrical problems, the band itself has real potential and could be a rising star.