Official Release Date: Friday, September 2nd, 2014 on Loud & Proud Records Pre-Order Today! Review by Oscar Jordan Richie Kotzen may not be a household name, but with nearly twenty albums and countless group projects, he’s on the verge. Kotzen is an artist with a centered musical philosophy anchored by soulful music and a perfectionist’s attention to craft. The Essential Richie Kotzen is a 2 CD/DVD set of twenty-three songs. It encompasses electric and acoustic tracks that range from rock, funk, classic soul, and heartfelt ballads. CD 1 begins with the heavy rock of “War Paint” and the radio-friendly “Walk With Me.” Other highlights include catchy rock ala The Black Crowes on “Love Is Blind.” “Go Faster” and the infectious “Fooled Again” continues with gritty guitar tones and edgy production. His soulful vocal rasp legitimizes the funk of “OMG (What’s Your Name?),” while his Fender Rhodes playing is displayed on “Bad Situation.” Virtuosic guitar playing sizzles on “Doing What The Devil Says To Do” and “Remember.” CD 2 is primarily acoustic. All the heart-wrenching stuff is here. “High,” “Until You Suffer Some,” and the plaintive acoustic piano ballad “Regret.” The Essential Richie Kotzen is an excellent career retrospective by an underrated songwriter. RICHIE KOTZEN | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE | ITUNES LOUD & PROUD RECORDS | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE OSCAR JORDAN | OSCAR JORDAN WEBSITE | FACEBOOK The Essential Richie Kotzen4.7Overall RR Peruser RatingReader Rating: (2 Votes) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.