by Melissa Mueller
If you watch a lot of major network TV, you probably have heard one or two songs from Nashville’s Carey Ott, a singer/songwriter who has seen his songs on several different TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy.
With a voice reminiscent of Coldplay’s Chris Martin and lyrics interchangeable with the Promise Ring, Ott’s latest effort, appropriately titled Lucid Dream is nice mix between melodic indie rock and speculative lyrics. The highlight of the album is the title track, a nice upbeat but poetic ode to unconsciousness. “You can swing that sleepy song/you can swim along a lucid dream/you can take your time and thank the sun when you see it.” Another discernable track is “Hard to Change” in which Ott at times evokes some celestial vocals and hooks you in until the song ends.
The record does have its sinkers, a la “Mother Madam,” which is a bland attempt at taking a stab at rhyming: “It’s another sticky corporate afternoon/with all the simpletons out there on the moon.” I love abstract lyrics, but this song was chalk full of metaphors that made no sense.
More on Carey Ott: www.careyott.com / www.myspace.com/careyott.