The new album, 'Your World,' from Michael J Downey, represents a return to his acoustic rock roots. Once the high-volume lead guitarist of 'FEMME FATALE' (aka Mick Nichols), Michael has embarked on a 'kinder, gentler' musical direction lately - an innovative, 'retro-cool,' in-the-moment musical experience. And along with the driving bass and drums and rich keyboard overtones, the band creates a palatte of musical colors ranging from singer-songwriter intimacy to driven, acoustic/electric rock and roll with with rich, layered vocal harmonies. Recent Reviews Here's what the critics are saying... 04/23/04 Go In Through the Door: His guitar-playing, voice and charisma create this moving ambience. Pure gold. What a musician! Joerg Sommermeyer - BeSonic.com 03/21/04 Go In Through the Door: Michael has an insatiable appetite for excellence in songwriting, this is a lovely acoustic and vocals track and I'd love to see him live! Colin Lynch - BeSonic.com 03/23/04 Longest Night of the Year: If you like Neil Young then you'll enjoy this.Great voice for this style and a good song with jangly guitar. Retro Cool !0! Peter C - BeSonic.com 06/30/04 Go In Through The Door This track reminds me very much of Jackson Browne. Michael has a fine expressive voice which he uses to great effect on this well structured song. Nice acoustic guitars, too!! Global Transmission - BeSonic.com And here's what fans are saying... * 'Just had goosebumps most of the night, and as a musician myself, I recognized the magic that was happening when three voices have just met each other, but known each other forever.' - Bonnie Black - drummer, Blue Ice * 'Great job Friday night -- the three voices were perfect. It was really good to hear a group where there was a good balance between voice and instrument. Thanks very much for inviting us!' * 'thanks for the note and congratulations on your performance, it was a big success !'
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