Ahmond – A Boy You Once Knew


Who? Ahmond has worked in movies (including “Having Our Say”), commercials and as a songwriter for an Atlanta theatre group. This is his debut album

Any good? This is very unusual material. Title Track “A Boy You Once Knew” features fingerpicked guitar lines, understated piano and some mellow string lines. The rhythmic qualities of “Go To Africa” will work their way into your head and soon have you tapping along. “Thundershoes” is superb, the simple guitar line reminiscent of “Hero” by Enrique Inglesias, and this is the standout track. Or is it? “Those Darn Things” opens like a show tune but once the guitar kicks in it has more hooks than a fishing trip and you’ll be singing along before you know it. This is a standout track too; it”˜s a hard decision to pick just one. “Everything Eden” reminded me of “Dear Jessie” from Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” album, not because of any huge similarity in the vocal lines but by the well-balanced use of strings. Closing instrumental “Collision” is used on the HBO series “Rome.” As you’d expect from his stage training, Ahmond’s vocals are crystal clear. The cover artwork (reproduced on his website) is excellent.

Try before you buy? http://www.myspace.com/ahmondband Turn the volume up loud

Cash in your pocket? The regular sources – iTunes, Amazon, Napster and others. Access from Ahmond’s website www.ahmond.com

About Alan Green

Alan's musical adventures began with the Headmistress of his School giving recorder lessons when he was six. Those early lessons are so ingrained upon his soul, that today Alan still talks about Bars, Quavers and Minims, and twitches visibly whenever the name Mrs Bailey is mentioned. Later escapades included Mother's Ruin, Block A and more bands that nobody has ever heard of. Eventually, he arrived in the Classical Guitar world where he lives to this day (actually, he lives in Essex in England but that part of Essex is really unromantic). As well as performing, Alan Green teaches guitar in ten mainstream Schools, and two specialist Music Schools in Essex and provides private guitar tuition. Contact him about private lessons via his website Rollmop Music.

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