Written by Lauren Rosier
Acoustic singer/songwriter and poet, Todd Warner Moore, isn’t a stranger to creativity. As a singer, songwriter, and poet, Moore constantly has words on his mind. Overnight Flight marks Moore’s 6th full-length LP since 2018.
The album opens with the title track, “Overnight Flight.” The song is a beautiful acoustic track played on the acoustic guitar. The song is very mellow, perfect for a rainy afternoon, winter solstice, or a snowy evening.
One of my favorite songs on the record, “Mistakes.” It’s a simple, beautiful song on the acoustic guitar as he sings “we always seem to make the same mistakes/it almost seems we have no choice to make…” This song is one of the strongest on his album and definitely is a standout track on the album.
“Suns” is a delicate, and mysterious track with the vocals of Moore and background vocals from vocalists Leah Hart and Nicole Stella singing gently. “All these days give way/to a billion suns/and everyone/and all these days give way/to a billion suns/and everyone…”
It’s so hard to not want to dance along to “Paul’s Way.” It has such a catchy opening set, and the continuing melody is just so damn infectious. It sounds there are folk influences, along with singer/songwriter-written lyrics. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs on the album.
“Rite of Rain” is a beautiful, elegant instrumental piece from Moore featuring violinist/violist, William Stewart, at the forefront. I loved how it reminded me of the elegance when there’s a steady spring rain falling. It’s almost perfect. The instrumentation of the song is just gorgeous and how it was composed and put together was priceless.
Another one of my favorites of the album “Big Blue Wave” is next. It’s gentle, steady like a wave, and just a very pretty song overall.
The next track, “Masks (Fever Dreams)” has a steady, country-folk-influenced tone. “Wild rumors heard/Flu from the birds/Blood from the bats/Filth from the rats/Wind overseas/A disease…”
I love the tone of Moore’s voice at the beginning of “Wake Up Feeling Fine.” The melody starts out pretty leveled out and then gradually grows into something more. His vocals sound better on this song compared to the songs prior to this.
The last track of the album is called “Blossoming (The Other Side).” It is the last track on the album and the last instrumental song. The track’s title fits well, as the dynamics of the song seem to start off more mellow, and gradually grow as the song continues. I love the strings in the song; it just adds to the elegance of the piano and strings.
Overall, the album was written and performed beautifully. Moore’s voice and the instrumentation that came along with it helped to create an album that was crafted beautifully.
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