Jason Masi – Power of a Woman
Jason Masi is an American/DC based singer-songwriter that started in the scene with Richmond, VA based group, Jubeus, opening for acts like Blind Melon, Everclear, and SOJA and releasing two well received albums, “Two Tone Circles” 2004 and “Natural Mood” 2007, respectively
However, he stepped out as a solo artist in 2010, trading in the band’s roots-jam driven rock for a more acoustic soul/r&b songwriter approach. Since he has released three albums with “Power of a Woman” been his latest effort and features his signature laid back sound reminiscent of bands like Maroon 5 and even John Mayer.
The album kicks off with the catchy, soulful “How to be a rich” fill with some cool catchy guitar riffs, an organ that gives a really gospel touch and vocals that showcase that doesn’t get overshadowed by the incredible music in the background and stands out. Titled track makes justice to the title with its sexy vibe. As listen through the album, there’s no doubt this is a pretty eclectic album where Jason leaves no doubt he’s not afraid approaching any genre and he really brings fresh clarity and edginess to each of the song.
While in all honesty this is not album that everyone in the world will love, the good news for Jason is that there’s a big market for this kind of music. The lyrics aren’t as cheesy or recycled as many artists do these days where everything seems to sound the same not only as for the rhythm goes but also the lyrics. I did feel like he sometimes was playing save as even he changed the genre, the vibe was still the same so it was like he didn’t totally leave its comfort zone. Maybe take more risks for the next record as leaving the outgoing and laid back personality and be a bit more aggressive in songs like the titled track that had this really Nickelback vibe, maybe add that Chad’s hoarse vocals that makes even the most poppy song sound hard rock. Don’t look at me like that Nickelback haters, you know that’s true.
In the end, I haven’t seen him performing or heard his previous albums so I can’t really support what’s written on his bio, but I can tell you this guy really feels what he’s singing and if you can translate that into a song, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were indeed a great performer that delivers every day and night on the stage. It’s not just a disc; this album really has a soul – if that makes any sense.
– RJ Frometa