Eric Anders entered the #Music scene rather late in life. But he sounds as if he has been playing music since his childhood. This Californian musician shows he is a force to be reckoned with. His music displays a sincere drive of artistry. He released four critically acclaimed albums between 2003 and 2006. Numerous songwriters, musicians, and producers teamed up with Eric within that timeframe. These talented individuals include songwriter Mark O-Bitz, Grammy-winning musician Randy Mitchell (Warren Zevon), and producer Matt Brown (Trespassers William). In addition, he released a politically charged album back in 2011 titled Remains in Me. It was inspired by the 1992 documentary Incident at Oglala by Michael Apted. The positive feedback his music gained encouraged him to present his 2016 album Big World Abide: The Best of Eric Anders on March 2nd. It's a collection of remastered songs from previous releases.

Vocal Display

Eric’s singing is mellow and soothing. You won't hear any screaming, shouting, or intense belting from his latest album. His vocal output is careful and soulful. He articulates words with ease and clarity as if he is having a soft-spoken conversation with listeners. The mild, intimate sounds of his voice shouldn't be underestimated. They are impactful, to say the least. I can't get over the moody energy that radiates from his singing. Paired with the serious nature of the lyrics, his vocals elicit a tolerable degree of sadness.  

Favorite song for vocals: “Tethered to the Ground”

Instrumentation

The sober melodies of guitar dominate each song of the album. Listeners can enjoy acoustic guitar played by Lindsay Fuller. Jeff Fielder makes his mark with electric guitar, also. Together they produce deep and somewhat light-hearted sounds. There's something soul-calming about them. It's the kind of music that makes you want to get away and get lost in an otherworldly atmosphere. The harmonious orchestration compels an urge to leave the troubles of this world behind. Violin, as well as other instruments, makes a memorable appearance in the album, too.   

Favorite song for instrumentals: “Looking Forward to Your Fall”

Lyrical Essence

The album's lyrics are poetic and sensible. They are charged with enough power to move listeners to a thought-provoked state. Furthermore, the storytelling elements of the lyrics are packed with messages about love, war, genocide, justice, and power-abusing ways. For example, the song “Looking Forward to Your Fall” is about hoping for the downward spiral of corrupt, careless oppressors. The pitiful essence of the lyrics is balanced out by the feel-good instrumentals. Eric seems to push listeners to contemplate the downs of life more than the ups.  

Favorite song for lyrics: “Genocide and Justice”

Final Thoughts

I give the album an 8 out of 10 rating. Eric definitely shows a lot of promise with his talent. It would be nice to hear a more diverse range of instruments on his upcoming releases (if any) while still maintaining a majestic, ethereal appeal. What are your thoughts about this music?

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