Former White Tie Affair front man Chris Wallace could very well be one of pop music’s next big stars. His debut solo release, “Push Rewind” is a record that any Top 40 pop fan and radio programmer would love. The album instantly grabs audiences on its opener and lead single ‘Remember When (Push Rewind).’ Lyrically, this is a song about a broken relationship. But the up-tempo beats and general positive vibe makes for a song that while being introspective, also offers hope, instead of being the standard oh-woe-is-me style song. That juxtaposition of musical and lyrical content makes for a great first impression for Wallace on his solo debut.
That same positive vibe keeps audiences moving on ‘Keep Me Crazy.’ He sings in the song’s chorus, “Baby you’re a mess/But it’s meant to be/Cause you keep me crazy/Tell me you love me/Everything’s alright/Fifty-seven seconds later/Start a fight/Baby somehow/You’re the one I need/Cause you keep me crazy.” Who out there hasn’t had this kind of relationship? It’s the type of relationship with lots of ups and downs. But for all the downs, there are that many more ups. And those ups make it all worth it. Understanding that, mixed with the catchy hooks and beats makes this one more great song.
Wallace offers more than just songs about relationships in his solo debut. That’s evidenced in the very Katy Perry-esque ‘Invincible.’ This is a great uplifting song for any listener. Wallace sings in this song, “I see explosions in the sky/Just like the fire in your eyes/Let’s live like we’re running out of time/When they you it’s wrong/And you know that it’s right/Cause your dreams are written/In the stars tonight/You are invincible/You are invincible. The comparisons to Katy Perry both lyrically and musically are obvious here. That’s not a bad thing, though as they will make the song that much more fan friendly.
For all of the hugely radio friendly songs that comprise “Push Rewind”, there is one song that’s even more of a surprise hit in the gentle and tender piano based ‘Ready To Fall.’ The combination of the piano and strings alongside Wallace’s heartfelt lyrics make this one of the songs that regardless of whether or not it gets radio airplay will become an instant fan favorite. Wallace sings in this song about a special person who has come along and given strength to the subject of the song. He sings, “My heart was/in pieces/Didn’t think it’d ever stop bleeding/Had nothing/To believe in/You came along/and I started breathing.” This opening verse alongside the gentle tones of the piano will instantly grab listeners. Wallace continues offering that positive vibe as he sings, “You make me wanna just let go/Hold you close/Just want you to see/I’m ready to fall/I’m ready to fight/I’m ready to give us a try/I’m ready to live/I’m ready to learn/I’m ready to lose it all.” Again, this is one of those songs to which so many people can relate. And while it is being sung by Wallace, it could just as easily be used from both a male or female vantage point. That dual use makes it that much more of a hit.
Chris Wallace has hit on something special on his debut album, as shown here. He has shown that he has branched out, and done so in very successful fashion. Forget boy bands or pop groups in general. Chris Wallace has shown that his talents are that far reaching. It would be no surprise if this record becomes one of the year’s best pop records after listening through just once. “Push Rewind” is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct via iTunes at http://bit.ly/PushRewindiTunes. After fans check out “Push Rewind”, they can also get the latest from Chris on his Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ChrisWallaceMusic, on his Twitter page, https://twitter.com/chriswallace101, and on his official website, http://www.chriswallacemusic.com.
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