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Parrish: “Love in High Places” Gets Off To Flying Start!

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Posted February 2, 2014 by Peter Burns in Pop

Rating

Production
90%


Arrangement
95%


Songwriting
95%


Performance
0%


Appeal
95%


Total Score
75%


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Love in High Places by Parrish (Mark Parrish) features powerful pop anthems and intimate ballads, led by a signature soulful female voice and personable and relatable lyrics. The songs on are anchored by the powerful vocals and great keyboard-based musical arrangements and are sonically broadened by distinct drums and urban electric sounds  which gives the […]

by Peter Burns
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Love in High Places by Parrish (Mark Parrish) features powerful pop anthems and intimate ballads, led by a signature soulful female voice and personable and relatable lyrics. The songs on are anchored by the powerful vocals and great keyboard-based musical arrangements and are sonically broadened by distinct drums and urban electric sounds  which gives the album an evolved, modern-day feel while simultaneously sounding like a classic body of timeless music. The album features inspirational songwriting and a mix of rich sounds delivered by songwriter-arranger Parrish.

This is easily the most consistent and cohesive set of pop orientated songs I’ve heard from a newcomer in recent times. In fact the story about this new album should be about two great talents been materialized into a great singer and a great songwriter. These two go like a hand into a glove.

For a long time the genre of soulful pop with its rich legacy just seemed to disappear, despite the fact that the genre and charts have been populated on the rare occasion by some deserving performers. Love in High Places with its quality can compare to some excellent soul albums of the past, but it also has significant commercial pop potential, that probably will not interfere with Parrish’s artistic vision.

On Amazon the album is categorized as Dance & Electronic as well as Pop. I personally find these descriptions to be rather reductive and limited as far as the first 4 tracks on this 6-track album goes. Sure I can hear the Electronics…and yes, you can dance to this, but Love in High Places runs so much deeper. Partly because of the musical arrangements and particularly because of the phenomenal female vocals on the first 4 tracks, namely: “Have It All”, “If I Could Fly”, “Freedom” and “Amazing”. The remaining 2 songs can probably be considered ‘lighter’ in tone due to the male vocals on “I Wait My Whole Life” and the second female voice on “Without You By My Side”.

Without wanting to diminish the importance of the other two singers, I personally think if Parrish wants to keep knocking on musical heaven’s door, he would be advised to stick with the singer who handles the first part of the album. She elevates the already grand musical compositions into something more sublimely powerful and instantly recognizable. This last trait being that elusive ingredient most unknown artists are desperately searching for in their quest to acquiring recognition among the masses.

In this album you can feel the passion for the music through the vocals, and grasp each emotion from how Parrish wrote and arranged them. The album never becomes monotonous as every song has a slightly different formula. My absolute favorite tunes are “If I Could Fly” and “Freedom”. Parrish definitely has a great future as a songwriter, while the commercial success of his songs will mostly depend on whoever is interpreting them. The first 4 songs on Love in High Places have certainly got him off to a flying start!

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