The Speed of Light by Darryl McCarty is an awesome album. McCarty’s got one of those “everyman”-type voices that’s just beautiful and simple and really elevates the music itself. If I’m trying to describe the guy, I’d say he’s a cross between Coldplay and Kings of Leon, with a strong dash of Keane. A solid rock album, with some major alternative influences (classified as Brit Pop, no less), The Speed of Light is exactly the kind of stuff I go nuts for.
“Sweet Sonic” kicks the album off, providing a great anthem for the rest of the listener’s experience. A driving track, McCarty’s lyrics guide us through a relationship/love that just doesn’t seem to be working any longer. it’s like a kind of longing-love, the kind of unrequited stuff sensitive schmucks like me go through every few years.
The title track, "The Speed of Light" has some major Muse-y/Coldplay vibes to it, which is nice. It’s a slower jam than "Sweet Sonic", but just as awesome, just as clever. I like how McCarty has an almost storyteller-quality to his lyrics, but I think his voice is the key there. I’d love to see the guy play live, especially accoustic, as cheesy as that might sound.
“Peaceful Shore’ almost has a U2-quality to it. It’s like McCarty woke up that morning and said “Screw it, I’m gonna’ sing like Bono today.” I love it. “Peaceful Shore” is a fun track, evocative of desire and yearning. Overall, I’d say that’s the theme of The Speed of Light, yearning and desire.
Amazing album, overall.
"Darryl McCarty - "The Speed of Light"" is on sale March 30, 2014 from N/A.