On this new release, Bo saw the light and got out of his American Idol contract, and put out a rock record in the style he wanted.
On this record, you will not find tunes written by Bon Jovi. Tom Keifer didn’t produce any of the tunes. No help from AI trusted pop song writers are present on this disc. This is pure Bo Bice. He wrote the songs himself, and enlisted a little help from producer Frank Liddell to craft ten tunes of pure rock goodness.
See The Light is not a hard rock record by any means, but is a good rock record the falls somewhere in between the Rolling Stones and The Eagles. Chances are if you like Classic Rock from the 70’s, you are going to find a lot to enjoy on See The Light.
The tunes are well written, the guitar work by Bice and Philip Shouse is very good. Bice also enlists the help of keyboardist Thomas Lee, who plays some guitar and keyboards. Thomas is no strange to Bice fans, as he has accompanied Bo on his 2006 tour.
I already have several favorite cuts on this disc including Witness, Got Money and Whiskey, Women & Time. My wife and I, saw Bo Bice and his band Sugar Money perform Got Money in February of 2006, at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH. I have been clamoring to get my hands on a copy of that tune for over a year now. I am overjoyed to find it here.
Whiskey, Women & Time, and Sinner in a Sin are both tunes that were only available on the Dual Disc DVD side of Bo’s debut effort, The Real Thing. Both songs are concert staples, that I have heard Bice perform several times. The versions of these songs are far better and have a different arrangement than the versions on that record, so they don’t feel like rehashed songs at all. These are well written, and time tested tunes. Bo Bice fans that have seen him live, already love these songs. Chances are, new fans will too!
As a whole, the songs on See the Light surpass those on the debut disc in just about every way possible. If you haven’t ever given Bo Bice a chance because he was on American Idol, now is the best time to jump on board and see what Bo Bice is all about. You can find this disc at Wal-mart stores everywhere.
The video below, is for the first single “Witness”! Enjoy the video and go get your own copy today!
Rating: Out of 10
The Musicians on See the Light are:
Bo Bice – Vocals, guitar, mandolin
Philip Shouse – Guitar
Thomas Lee – Keyboards and guitar
Glenn Worff – Bass Guitar
Steve Gorman – Drums
Ike Bartley – Saxophone
Miles McPherson – Lap Steel, Mandolin
Dan Dugmore – Dobro, Harmonica, 12 String Guitar
Out of all singers I have discovered on TV, Bo Bice is the best of them all, hands down.
He has the best voice, and to me is still the best new talent to come off the TV screen.
Does the Real Thing reflect this? Yes and no. First off, RCA forced Bo to do songs in this Pop/Rock style.
Bo Bice would be better suited for a Skynyrd style rock album than a bunch of pop tunes. The amazing thing is, on The Real Thing it works, it just isn’t what you would expect from a southern rocker like Bice.
So The Real Thing is mainly a collection of Pop Rock tunes. There are no bad song on this disc, but some are certainly better than others. Personally, I think the title track, The Real Thing is kind of lame. RCA released this as a single, along with a lame video. What the hell were they thinking. Its not even close to being, one of the better songs on the disc.
You’re Everything was written by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. I like this track a lot.
The Jon Bon Jovi/Richie Sambora track Nothing Without You is also pretty good.
Lie…It’s Alright has a pretty good groove and is kind of cool.
Valley of Angels, Whiskey Women and Time, Cinnamon and Novocaine are Bice penned tracks, and shows off his writing skills. All 3 are great tracks, and show what kind of CD Bo would have made, if not overpower by RCA’s strong-arm. Sadly, 2 of these are only available on the DVD side of The Real Thing Dual Disc CD/DVD, so most people never got the chance to hear these.
Even though I would not consider this music hard rock by any means, I like this CD. There isn’t a track on this CD, where the music overpowers Bo’s voice, and that says what kind of talent Bo Bice really is. I can only hope that CD #2 will be more in the Southern/hard rock vain I would expect.
Rating: out of 10
- The Real Thing
- You’re Everything
- U Make Me Better
- Nothing Without You
- My World
- Remember Me
- Hold On To Me
- Lie…It’s Alright
- It’s My Life
- Willing To Try
- Valley of Angels
- Whiskey, Women and Time (Dual Disc only)
- Sinner in a Sin (Dual Disc only)
- Cinnamon and Novocaine (Dual Disc only)