When I first listened to Ghost, Shadow, and Sun from Steven J. Vertun, I had a hard time figuring out what genre it really fit into. By the way, albums like this usually end up in my list of top records. This album has elements of classic rock, alternative, and my favorite progressive rock, all with a bit of blues thrown in.
Ghost, Shadow, and Sun seems to be a very personal record for Vertun. The title track “Ghost” takes on personal tragedy and the process of mourning. While this can be a very individual process, I think everyone can relate to the feeling of loss and what can come after. While the subject matter of the song is quite deep, the overall message comes across as a positive and uplifting one. The theme throughout the entire album to me was that what you experience in life, whether it be good, bad, difficult, or easy-going at times, they all make you the person you are.
Now, the album isn’t all ballads that hit you right in the feels. There are plenty of more up-tempo songs that keep the momentum of the story going. Songs such as “Stone Ride,” “Drive,” and “Radio” keep you completely engulfed and wanting more. The flowing guitars, strong bass beats, and hard-hitting drums lay a great foundation to boost up Vertun’s amazing lyrical story.
I love when an album hits so deep with me that I can relate to the entire thing. This will unquestionably be a constant in my playlist.
Please take the time to check out Ghost, Shadow, and Sun from Steven J. Vertun out now. It is not something you will regret.