Tony Melendez - The Ways Of The Wise

Saturday 1st June 1991
Tony Melendez - The Ways Of The Wise
Tony Melendez - The Ways Of The Wise

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: StarSong SSD8161

Reviewed by Jonathan Day

Tony Melendez, a remarkable musician who can play fine acoustic guitar despite the fact that he ws born without arms (he plays with his foot!) has come up trumps with his second album. We live in an enterprise culture and gospel music is as fair game as anything else for commercial exploitation. This results for me in too many MOR/AOR recordings, based on the Stock-Aitken-Waterman idea of 'if it sells, do it'. Occasionally however an album appears, the creators of which appear to choose this style for more than financial reasons. At its best this is such an album. The Chris Eaton penned opener has an excellent vocal reminiscent of Chris Cross and Michael Macdonald and throughout the instrumental touches are intriguing and generally avoid cliché. The acoustic guitar, usually by Tom Henby, is especially pleasant. Mood changes are marked; an up-tempo Latin feel, a la Miami Sound Machine, dropping to an atmospheric polemic, like "Silent Scream". Lyrics are sometimes clichéd, but thanks to the range of writers used, are often very competent and deal with many live issues. If you like well put together, commercial music, with a couple of twists, this is for you.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Jewell Gist in Asheville NC @ 22:41 on May 20 2010

I bought this cd when it first came out years ago!!! It's still as fresh today as it was then.. Thank you Tony for creating a wonder cd and thank you God for the annointing that is placed on the words in the song and on the voice of this gentleman

Posted by Glenn in Falls church VA (nicaraguense @ 07:55 on Dec 18 2006

I have always had the dream of being a reggaeton, hip,hop rap artist, I tried so hard that I gave up, but I watch Tony Melendez video, which made me cry, and I promised myself that I will strive myself to do the best. I felt motivated by tony melendez/ Thanks tony for being a real example to me GOd Bless You

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