'ANGELS' - DISCONNECT ALBUM TRACK HIGHLIGHT

Overall Impression:
Wonderfully understated and delicately tender in its approach, “Angels” is a wonderfully written folk piece that is superbly performed and affectionately arranged. Wayne Madder lovingly presents his listeners with a song of such substance and heart that you can’t help but be taken in by its beautifully expressed ideas and concepts.

About The Reviewer:
Andre Avanessian is a freelance session musician, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed “Guitar Nerd” Andre has been continually studying the guitar, as well as teaching it, helping students both learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and how to become proficient in home recording.

'CRACK IN THE WALL' - UNCONDITIONAL ALBUM TRACK HIGHLIGHT

Overall Impression:
Canadian based singer/songwriter Wayne Madder describes the feelings of waking up to realize that you are involved in a failing relationship, with his shuffling, bittersweet Blues number Crack In The Wall. As Madder begins a steady guitar riff and relates waking up to see a crack in the wall, he describes how he tries to go about his normal morning routine, while being unable to shake a nagging feeling that he relates while repeating the lines, “I think your love is failing me”. Then as a haunting wurlitzer joins in the chorus, Madder rhetorically asks his lover, why they have such a strong effect on his very existence? And asks how he is unable to walk away from them, when they are constantly hurting him? Even as Madder relates the many times he’s been the victim of a dishonest lover, it’s obvious in the pained tone of his voice, that he’s going to keep trying to make it work, no matter how much it hurts. And as Madder plays a hopeful guitar solo, he again repeats the lines, “I think your love is failing me”, as the music fades to a hushed silence, leaving the listener to wonder what will become of our troubled lovers?

About the Reviewer:
Joshua A. Pfeiffer is a music nerd who spends countless hours researching music, and curating public playlists and DJ mixes, to spread awareness of emerging musicians and to highlight the wonderful world of music history. Josh has a deep affection for most genres and eras of music, is an active, professional, award-winning DJ (DJ FACT.50Best of the Bay 2019 ~ SF Weekly), twitch streamer, amateur audio engineer and working musician. As founder, lead singer, and co-songwriter of the band Vernian Process, Josh has over 15 years of experience in the music industry. And for nearly a decade, was the owner and head writer for the online community post-punk.com.

Industry Reviews

Saiid ZeidanArtist/Producer
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"Wayne Madder, a creative force in the music world, is back with a dazzling new album titled "DISCONNECT", that is sure to have your jaw hanging. Filled with seven diverse tracks, this album is a true celebration of the blues, a genre that speaks directly to the soul and touches the heart like nothing else. From the first track, "Angels," to the closing tune, "Barely Know You're Name," this album takes the listener on a journey through the marvel of music. Each song is a work of art, a masterwork in its own right. The opening track, "Angels," sets the tone for the album with its haunting guitar riffs and soulful vocals. The singer's voice is potent, capturing the pain and heartache of the lyrics in a way that is both soul-wrenching and beautiful. This is a melancholic tale, a story that will resonate with you everywhere and tug at your heartstrings."
Info MusicMusic Magazine in France
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"Listening to a single song from this album, you will fall completely in love with the artist's vocal timbre, which says a lot about the number of lives behind it. Do you want to free your mind from bad thoughts? So nothing better than the songs offered by the album "Unconditional", because they will make you experience different emotions." His love for blues, rock and jazz can be felt in each of his songs. Don't be shy about going to listen to this beautiful musical parenthesis"
Nicole MendesThe Other Side Reviews
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"I immediately thought Madder is a mash of Eric Clapton and BB King – then the song continued, and I realised he is in a class of his own. As charming as the melody is, it is the vocal execution of the poetic lyricism that really made me go, “aww, that’s so lovely”. Sweet and sincere vocals perfectly deliver the tale of meeting your special someone and celebrating the joyful experience. Sincere, sentimental, genuine and kind, Wayne Madder wins your heart in ‘First Time I Met You’."
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UNCONDITIONAL ALBUM REVIEW

This artist proves to have a great musical experience behind him as his compositional style is refined and cared for in every little detail. The thing that immediately intrigued me is Wayne Madder’s vocal timbre, a voice that has a lot of life behind it and that manages to make you feel deep emotions. His music is inspired by the past and in such a difficult moment for the world, I believe it is therapeutic as frees your mind from bad thoughts. When you listen to the songs of Unconditional, legendary songwriters like Neil Young and Dylan come to mind. Wayne Madder’s love for blues, rock, and jazz is evident and his passion for composing and interpreting his songs is contagious. This album makes you experience different emotions, in some moments it is energetic, and in others very introspective…with those acoustic ballads that are able to move the listener. Wayne Madder is a talented artist that I recommend everyone to go and listen to.

Review 'I Need Somebody'

Overall Impression:   Canadian based singer/songwriter/guitarist Wayne Madder brings a wonderful bit of Latin flavored soul, with the release of his single “I Need Somebody.” Featuring a sexy, serpentine blues groove that’s absolutely perfect for the sensual lyrical themes employed here by Madder, “I Need Somebody” is highlighted by an equally sultry electric guitar lead that bobs and weaves around an agile rhythm section consisting of bass, acoustic guitar, drums and Latin percussion. Madder gives an impassioned vocal performance here, augmented by some soulful background harmonies that add another layer of cool to an already extremely stylish blues track. Wayne Madder’s “I Need Somebody” should have broad appeal among soul and blues audiences, thanks to top notch musicianship and polished songwriting.

About The Reviewer:   Steven Azami is a multi-instrumentalist with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Both as a touring/session player and as a producer, his career has spanned nearly every genre, from bluegrass to jazz, from rock to reggae. In addition, his work as a music educator has allowed him to cultivate and foster talent among the next generation of musical explorers

Song: Maybe You’ll Love Me Too

Overall Impression
In a world saturated with electric soundscapes and synthesized melodies, “Maybe You’ll Love Me Too” stands as a beacon of authenticity and raw emotion. This acoustic singer/songwriter track, crafted with a genuine passion for storytelling, takes listeners on a contemplative journey through its heartfelt lyrics and intricate melodic layering. From the very first few moments of bass and momentum creating acoustic, a sense of nostalgia and longing envelops the listener and by the time the vocals kick in, the track adopts a relatable contemplative tone and sound that is both warm and inviting. Wayne Madder has created a personable, emotion-infused listening experience that bears excellent performances, meaningful writing, and themes that speak to us all.


Strongest Point(s)
The vocals, delivered with a soulful sincerity, tell a story of love and vulnerability. The lyrics are poignant, exploring the complex dynamics of unrequited affection and the enduring hope that accompanies it. The vocals are both powerful and vulnerable and deliver each line with a palpable sense of yearning. The way they inflect certain words and phrases adds depth to the storytelling, making it feel as though the singer is confiding their innermost thoughts directly to the listener, and thanks to the use of two vocalists, each with their own distinct style, some beautiful interplay is able to occur that not only strengthens the themes explored within the lyrics but helps create an interesting dynamic throughout.


As the song progresses, the instrumentation gradually builds, introducing subtle harmonies, delicate string textures, and further guitar elements that add further layers of depth and complexity to the arrangement. The drumming is understated but impactful, creating a gentle rhythmic pulse that carries the emotional weight of the track. The harmonies, too, play a vital role in enriching the overall sonic tapestry, weaving in and out of the main vocal line with grace and precision.


One of the standout features of “Maybe You’ll Love Me Too” is its ability to evoke a profound sense of introspection and reflection. The lyrics explore themes of vulnerability and the universal human desire for love and connection. Whether you’ve experienced unrequited love or not, the track’s relatability is undeniable, drawing listeners into its emotional narrative with every note and word.


Target Audience Appeal
“Maybe You’ll Love Me Too” is a thoroughly engaging track in the singer/songwriter style and I’m sure lovers of the genre will strongly connect with it
About The Reviewer
Andre Avanessian is a freelance session guitarist, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed “Guitar Nerd” Andre has been continually studying the guitar as well as teaching it, helping students learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and become proficient in home recording. 

Song: I Love You So Much

Overall Impression:
Serving as a compelling narrative of love, longing, and heartache, Wayne Madder’s moving “I Love You So Much” paints a poignant picture of a relationship in flux and delicately grapples with issues of emotional distance, unrequited love, and the looming possibility of heartbreak. The repetition of the central theme of love serves as a powerful anchor, highlighting the complex emotions woven into the fabric of the song, and thanks to the level of both emotionality and conviction that’s brought to the table by the track’s central vocal performances, the songwriting can stir the soul in a particularly profound manner, resulting in a relatable piece of writing that will touch many a listeners heart.


Strongest Point(s)
Opening with tenderly conveyed guitar and a firm yet delicate drum beat, a gentle backdrop is instantly created and infuses the music with an understated quality for the emotive narrative to unfold subtly. The simplicity of the instrumental arrangement is purposeful, allowing the focus to rest on the raw, unfiltered emotions embedded in the lyrics. The guitar becomes a confidant, accompanying the singer with its engaging melodic flourishes that gently weave throughout the music whilst the excellent vocal layering creates a compelling sense of dynamism within the arrangement that effectively mirrors the themes of the song. The vocals, both rich with sincerity and vulnerability, convey a narrative that feels like a personal conversation with the listener. Both lead vocalists imbue the track with a deep level of authenticity, conveying a range of emotions from the tender warmth of affection to the bittersweet ache of longing. The lyrics, an earnest reflection on love, create an intimate connection, inviting the listener to share in the emotional depth of the song. The interplay between these two vocal performances is what gives the track its character, and the way they lead off one another not only strengthens the narrative of the track but provides two distinct perspectives thanks to the contrasting vocal styles each performer possesses.
About The Reviewer
Andre Avanessian is a freelance session guitarist, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed “Guitar Nerd” Andre has been continually studying the guitar as well as teaching it, helping students learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and become proficient in home recording.