Album Review: Gavin DeGraw's "Make a Move"
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 22:10
“Make a Move,” the fifth studio album from pop-rock artist Gavin DeGraw was released on Tuesday and is much more pop-infused than his previous albums. DeGraw, who gained commercial success in 2003 when his song “I Don’t Want To Be” was first used for the “One Tree Hill” theme song, has gone back and forth throughout his career between being a pop-rock artist and a modern soul performer. This album seems to be much more pop-oriented and does not feature DeGraw’s former soul influences found on his older albums.
Although the album reflects poppier sounds, DeGraw says he was aiming for a diverse compilation for this album. He told Yahoo! Canada Music in an interview he was looking to create an album that wasn’t entirely the same genre.
“The record is varied because I’ve written with so many different people for the album,” DeGraw said. “I liked what happened with the album ‘Sweeter’ so much and the variety on it enough to decide that that was really the way I wanted to go.”
One of DeGraw’s strong points as an artist is his writing abilities. He co-wrote every song on the album, and part of the charm of his songs is the fact that they are clearly written about personal experiences and real, genuine emotions. The album includes subject matters regarding potential relationships (“Make A Move”), partying (“Finest Hour”), breakups (“Heartbreak”) and gender distinctions in relationships (“Different For Girls”). DeGraw’s content has something for everyone and is the best aspect of the album as a whole. This variation is welcomed and a success.
In comparison, the overall sound of the album does not contain much deviation at all. The majority of the songs are pop anthems, particularly “Best I Ever Had,” the first single from the album released in June. This is not to say that these tracks are not good, because they are, but DeGraw’s lack of soul-inspired songs are sorely missed.
If you’re a fan of the pop-sounding tracks DeGraw has released previously, like “In Love With a Girl” or “Not Over You,” you’ll appreciate this entire album. The songs are each unique in their own right, but the variation DeGraw is pursuing could be better achieved if his former soulful sounds were present on this album.