Sean Danielsen has always had a life in music. Being the son of recording artist and owner of Busy Signal Studios, Jerry Danielsen, Sean’s life in music started young. At the ripe age of 11, he formed his first band. A few years later, Smile Empty Soul was formed in 1998, originally a three-piece band with Danielsen as lead vocalist and guitarist. All the members were still in high school, and different schools at that. It wasn’t until 2003, that they would release their debut self-titled album. This was just the beginning, and a taste of success. The albums hits, “Bottom of a Bottle,” “Nowhere Kids,” and “Silhouettes” all became a prevalent piece in what was to become a certified gold album in 2005.
During my teen years, these songs were in heavy rotation on my mp3 player. First learning that Sean was taking on a solo career in 2013, had me very excited to see where he was headed musically. Having been a fan since the beginning, first hearing his Enjoy the Process album was a treat.
His fourth full length record Product of Isolation, stays true to his solo career’s successes thus far. With stunning lyrical subtleties, long and powerful breaths, and the long-held keys, this album is one of the key components that I feel any musician needs to be a success. It shows true talent, and just raw emotion throughout. The first track, “Scattered Ashes” brings beautiful rhythm and perfect harmonics backed by flawless guitar work. This song literally enters your ears and sends shivers down your spine. The very next track picks up the pace quite a bit, but with the continued emotions throughout the whole song, “Still” brings the album to the next level. “Back to Sleep” has the reminiscent guitars of the older Smile Empty Soul records, with seriously deep lyrics, this ballad seems to put the listener into their very own dark nightmare. Bouncing from electric to acoustic guitars, this album has an amazing variety with Sean’s clean vocals on every song. “Is It Wrong” comes to the listener with a snappy country vibe to it, with sad lyrics of repetitive days and stuck in his very own prison, and his life heading down the drain.
Overall, this album has the low key and remarkable guitar work that was expected from Sean Danielsen. He continues to impress with every new release, and this is no different. Recently released on January 13th, 2017, this album is available for purchase online and through Sean himself. If the review doesn’t sell you on talent alone, it’s got a photo of cats on the album cover, and you know the world goes nuts over cats.
Pick up Product of Isolation on iTunes or by sending him an email! If purchased directly from him, he will personally sign a copy for you. Seandanielsenart@aol.com
Back to Sleep
All This Talk
Is It Wrong