It’s finally here! Jonny Zywiciel’s debut album Onwards & Upwards is available. I was looking to hearing this album. It’s epic! Beautiful melodies, smooth music, and a voice that is versatile. Love this album!
There are 8 incredible songs on this album. This album is pop with a twist of various other genres such as jazz & funk. There are three other songs I haven’t heard until this album: Take You Out, Wait and Boomerang. I really enjoyed discovering these songs for the first time. His voice is so smooth and in tune with the music. I love the rhythm. His voice is also reassuring ,especially when he sings the song Time to Heal. There is poetry in his lyrics that seems to stand out among artists of today.
Some versions of songs like Magnets, Everything, Time to Heal and Faith are different from the singles release in the last 2 years. The first releases and the new ones are equally amazing.
Magnets and Everything have a faster tempo to the beat in comparison to when they were released as singles in 2014. The meaning of this songs is still the same. In the first versions of those two songs, you really hear the guitar in the background.
The song Faith in the album has a more jazz twist that differs from the version released as a single. The first version had a pop beat to it.
The song Melodies and Memories in the album is slightly different from the single in terms of the beat. The music is more present. This version, the song is longer, giving listeners time to appreciate the song even more.
Time to Heal in the album is the same as the version, which was released over the summer. It’s the most significant song because it covers the issue of addiction in a respectful way.
The song Time to Heal is a song that talks about those struggling with addiction in a delicate manner. A subject matter that needs to be discussed in order to raise awareness. It was admirable when I heard that proceeds in buying the song on iTunes was going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. This is a way to erase the stigma of discussing the topic of addiction.
His other songs have a more romantic feel to them, with a twist. He talks about the joy and of being in love, but he also describes the confusion and fear that one feels in this regard. Take You Out is a song where the guy is not afraid to express how he feels. He sounds assertive without being overbearing. Boomerang is jazzy and smooth. I love how soft his voice is. His voice has a nice variety of tempos that gives the song an interesting depth. The music towards the end of the songs reminds of music from the Bee Gees and Wham.
This is a fantastic start to his career. Although he has only eight songs on the album, they are well chosen. Onward & Upward is definitely an example of “quality over quantity”
My favourite songs of this album are: Magnets, Faith, Time to Heal, and Boomerang.