Album Review: Reality by John Enghauser
Self-Produced: Available at http://www.johnenghauser.com
The music of John Enghauser is pure grass roots blues, infused with rock and roll beats, just a pinch of swagger in the rhythm and a hint of jazz in his voice. Few musicians can be as self-assured as John and not come off as “cocky” in their music. In today’s music industry, the studios of America are filled with singer / songwriters that are “A legend in their own minds”, but this man has it down solid.
John Enghauser has created in Reality an album of original scores to life’s everyday moments. Like in the title track, “Reality”, wanting to be someone memorable in a person’s life is a shared desire in us all, that’s what he has created in this album, making his mark in every note and every beat of his songs.
Not to be confused with a-typical “Guitar Rock”, his performance gives “equal billing” to the other musicians and instruments in the mix, creating an album with full, rich and well balance composition. His playing is at times light and quick, while simultaneously alluring, dark and rich. he creates mixes of complicated rhythms and soulfully sonic grooves that ripple throughout the album as it glows with an electricity that is not often found in a studio, but only in live performances.
Reality by John Enghauser is an intellectual and introspective album, which is always refreshing in an industry that gets washed in self-importance, John is an everyday man, I would suspect his influences would be artists like Santana, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Steely Dan or Al Di Meola, but vocally, he sounds like a cross between the soul inspired styles of Gordon Lightfoot or Richie Havens with a hint of Paul Simon’s Humor.
Either way, a great album full of stirring and memorable songs that could be just the thing to share with the one you love on a romantic evening, to listen to on a rainy day or while holding your child’s hand, simply breathtaking!
Step into John Enghauser’s Reality and be swept away into a better day.