by David Carus
The album RIDE by Marc Berger is more than music, it is visual storytelling at its best and also an important literary work any great American writer would be proud of. It’s easily one of the best albums you’ll hear this year or any. A truly powerful work of art, it captures the essence of the American West in a sort of immortalized, romanticized, bad-ass, freedom fighting kind of way that’ll leave you feeling like Clint Eastwood or Woody Guthrie. It even goes so far as to transcend the genres of rock, folk and country because the music operates cinematically, hitting big themes that anyone will connect with, American or not. This is an album about living life and giving it your all. It’s about getting knocked down from your horse, dusting yourself off and continuing to ride.
Marc Berger is an interesting guy to say the least. It’s not everyday you hear about someone that went to law school, started writing songs for people like Richie Havens and turned a passion for traveling into a groundbreaking musical experience. It was his love for the great classic American songs coupled with his adventurous attitude towards exploring the vast spaces of the west that inspired him, with the help of co-producer Mike Ricciardi, to construct the album RIDE. They sought to capture the energy and motion of the West they knew and loved. The result is something that accomplishes this and goes well beyond. The listener is immediately transported, whether riding on a box car with the doors open or galloping along on a steed, to an America that is vast, full of potential and ready for someone to lay claim to.
The ensemble of amazing talent Marc Berger assembled for this project is top notch. From the accordion playing of D’raz, Rob Meador on mandolin, Jack O’Hara on bass, Mike Ricciardi on drums (and also photography, taking the gorgeous photo used for the album cover) and all the rest of the guys, the ability demonstrated on this album is utterly superb. You can tell this group of musicians have been at their craft for a long time because their seemingly effortless playing can only be attributable to countless hours of performing. Marc Berger himself has played everywhere from Manhattan nightspots like CBGB and the Knitting Factory to the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas and has even opened for acts like Bob Dylan.
What Marc Berger accomplishes with his album RIDE is truly remarkable because every song is masterful, illuminating and connects. These songs were written to take you to another place, but what they do even better is take you to another viewpoint about life by demolishing all of the clutter and leaving in its wake nothing but open frontier and endless opportunity for movement. Take the journey, venture to explore the plains, search out adventure and get lost in the West like Marc Berger did. RIDE is the Great American Album.
For more on Marc Berger and to get a copy of RIDE please visit www.marcbergermusic.com
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