Wil

Originally born in Quebec, Wil is now currently residing in Calgary and harkens from a musically proficient family. As early as age 4, he fixated o­n the guitar and began refining his playing seriously at 13.  From that time o­n there was the relentless drive to perform and perfect the art of music. All the work has at least partially paid off.  The roots-rock sound is pleasing and the hint of rebellion, always threatening to spill over, is a welcome addition. Yet Both Hands doesn't really transcends beyond strong musicality into some supernatural experience.  In his linear notes, Wil states that this 'is the second best CD in musical history'-I'm just not sure I'm as convinced as he is.  As concrete as this album is both stylistically and technically, it does not deserve mention alongside the greats and Wil will have to work a little harder to get his space as master musician carved out into this big bad world. All of the 11 songs are original and they offsets Wil's solid vocals.  There is a strong element of intricate guitar playing highlighted by piano and cello embellishments.  The opening track has an insistent driving beat and is titled "Mama".  The faster tempos contrast nicely by the deliberate pace of the ballads like "Dance With The Devil".  This is an album that  urges the listener to take chances and enjoy listening to life.  The album title track, "Both Hands", was penned by Jeff Leitl, and its the o­nly recorded track not written by Wil.  After playing it constantly over a six-year time span, and continuing to re-invent the song in a live setting, it is now an integral part of Wil's first commercial offering.  As an album it's an intense listen, with a crisp acoustic guitar, upbeat tempo and a serious lyrical dichotomy to the content. 

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