Cleveland Magazine Review – July 2005

- by Jim Vickers

Joe Rohan's follow up to his excellent debut, "Walk Along," is one of the most listenable full-length recordings we've received in quite a while. Once a drummer for a host of local artists, Rohan has officially secured his spot as one of the city's most promising singer-songwriters with "These Days." The 11-song disc starts with a blast of catchy country in the guitar-laden "Desert Love." Obviously influenced by modern country music, Rohan is careful to keep his songs tethered to a rock n' roll backbone that cuts down on the twang factor, which can alienate listeners not enamored of the genre. And the songwriting is where Rohan excels. He's able to shift gears, incorporating flavors of blues, rock and folk, without it ever sounding like an unwise stretch. Along with the disc opener, our favorites include the punchy and infectious "Lovestruck Romeo," the sparse solo track "James Dean" and the southern-rock flavored "Angeline." Also be sure to check out Rohan's souped-up take on Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," which proves that a talented and versatile artist really can cover a classic song in a fresh way.

Joe Rohan web site - copyright 2003 Off the Map Music. Site Credits: Creationsite
Joe Rohan is a singer, songwriter and independent recording artist living in Cleveland, Ohio