Finer Points of Instinct
Voted one of the best top 25 indie Cds of the year by IndieMuic.com, songwriter, producer and guitarist for the legendary rock band Heart and such artists as Blondie, Tina Arena, Seal, Simply Red and many others, finally has a solo CD. Sixteen songs, twelve notes and a million words. These songs are about life ..... All of the things we have in common. And all of the things that pull us apart. That what this CD is about. One doesn't have to look far. Big corporations, little people. Reality TV, shadow lives. Over medicating, under living. The information age, less to say. The bad, the good the indifferent and everything in between. Those are The Finer Points Of Instinct. 'Craig Bartock conjures a dizzying demonstration of melody and instrumentation. Bartock is a master guitarist, yet in his one man band pop masterpiece, the guitar is simply one aspect in a symphony of sounds. Crack the CD booklet and read along as Bartock spins his magic.' Robert Silverstein, 20th Century Guitar Magazine. 'Bartock has a sense of tempo with his finger on your pulse, and he does this because he knows how to lay down a hook with his guitar and vocals. Considering all the instruments Bartock plays throughout The Finer Points Of Instinct, it takes on a different light and meaning when you stop and think about what he sets out to do and accomplishes on this release. Bartock manages to separate himself from all the hopefuls vying for your ears with thoughtful and reflective lyrics, sharp guitar breaks and a voice that does not fit the mold for your typical rock or pop star. That is what I want to hear. I could care less about all the studio gloss and sheen that sells a million albums. I want to hear an artist at work, fulfilling their purpose through their music and the messages that lie within. Bartock convinced me that he has what it takes to make a solid recording from beginning to the end. He keeps it all real while not getting in your face, he adopts an approach that invites you to participate, and with each listen, you become more interested with what is going on with this CD.' Keith 'MuzikMan' Hannaleck, muzikreviews.com Says Nancy Wilson about this CD ....'Craig Bartock's new album is in heavy rotation in my car. I am in love with these songs. It's not just because I am a co-songwriter, co-producer and co-bandmember along side Craig, it's simply because I love this music. I think you will too. It possesses a musical intelligence that reminds me here and there of some Beatle songs, though it's completely it's own fresh style. When he asked me to write the words for one of my favorite songs September, and play a bit of mandolin, I said ~ YOU GOT IT SUNNY JIM!!!! Congrats to Craig on a very very fine piece of work!'