By Martin Grech
'March Of The Lonely' is Martin Grech's third record, released on his own aptly titled label 'Martin Grech Songs' and recorded on Osea Island (a small island on the Thames just fifty miles from London).
An escape from the hustle, bustle and stress of everyday life can often bring positive musical results, however in this case it clearly doesn't. Martin Grech seems to be a wounded man, way out of touch with the real world.
Whilst there is no doubting Martin Grech's fantastic vocal range, the needlessly sluggish and over sustained vocal arrangements are frustratingly tedious. Not only that, but all too often you're left believing that Martin's vocal tone represents some kind of computer-generated vocal synthesiser.
Of Course, Martin Grech has some potential, comparisons with the likes of Radiohead and Jeff Buckley are not thrown around easily (Jeff's mother even personally invited him to perform at a tribute gig). For one single moment Martin displays his promise in the impressive Jeff Buckley meets Johnny Cash number 'The Heritage', though that is where things come to a grinding halt.
Cold, melodically bland and devoid of any sign of raw emotion, March Of The Lonely fails to grab the attention. On the evidence of this release it's easy to see why he was dropped by his previous label.