Music Review: "Rule The World" by Max Gomez

If you haven't heard of Max Gomez, you will. Hailing from Taos, New Mexico, this young singer/songwriter has what it takes to make it the long haul. His music is lyrical and immediately captures your heart. Raised by an artisanal furniture craftsman, Gomez has worked with his hands (and dare I say his  heart) his entire life. While he splits his time between New Mexico and Kansas, it is the artistic culture of Taos has nurtured the growth of his talent. In his first full-length release, "Rule The World", Gomez takes us on a journey of life's hard lessons like young love, heartbreak, pain, and regret. The album is produced by Jeff Trott (Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow) with Trott sharing writing credits with Gomez on "Run From You". Check out an interview with them below:

The first single, "Run From You", has a Jackson Brown flavor to it. Gomez knows he shouldn't fall for this girl, but just can't help it. How many of us have been in the same position? You can just imagine opening the sunroof and cranking it up as you hit the open road, leaving your heartbreak behind.

In "Ball and Chain", Gomez conjures up his Blues influences, making you feel like you're in the Delta. The guitar riffs in this are sublime, and his deep, masculine voice truly expresses the pain of having the blues and being in a situation that is dragging you down. This song was also featured in an episode of "Parenthood".



"Black and White" is a lovely ballad in which Gomez's vocal range shines. Pondering life's great mysteries and the quest for answers are asked in this song. I'm not sure he knows the answer any more than the rest of us, but the song makes me feel less alone in this journey. "I could fall into the light just to see with clarity. But this ol' world's so black and white."

"Love Will Find a Way" is a toe-tapping romp that puts an instant smile on your face. Mixing rock and blues, I challenge anyone to listen to this without dancing around the room. It is hopeful in its message that love will find a way.

"Cherry Red Wine" takes on heartbreak and the afterlife, imagining heaven to be a place where he can sing with angels and drink cherry red wine. This song makes me want to believe in such a place. It truly would be heaven to spend eternity listening to these songs. One can only imagine what he might produce if not hindered by something as arbitrary and time or space. On a second listen, I realized that I'm reminded of a young Johnny Cash on this one.

I highly recommend checking out this great new talent. You can learn more about him at his website http://www.maxgomezmusic.com. His music is available right now at iTunes here

Thanks for stopping by and getting buzzed! Listen to Max and let me know what you think.