With bright, staccato guitars and languid vocals, Dom Gabasan opens “Beautiful Boy” with an upbeat message of loving yourself. Adam Sage on the ethereal bass and Ian Matheson driving the beat take the latest single by Sage. up the next step.
Lively and filled with bravery, “Beautiful Boy” delivers the message many of us need in these dark months of isolation. “Don’t be afraid of what’s to come,” they command.
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Sage.’s vocal twists and slides offer the honest advice we know to be true but are sometimes hard to follow. “You need to stop overthinking every worst outcome”; “it’s ok to have fun”; and more pepper the lyrics addressed right to the listener.
About three-quarters of the way through, the song switches tone. After the buoyant saxophone solo swinging chords bouncing in the background, a more reflective and smoother section carries the song to its conclusion. It’s a relaxing moment pulling the swanky guitar and bright sounds from the beginning into a classic throwback to the jazz song structures of the greats, like “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane—lively, message-brimming opening sections, followed by a deep, introspective conclusion.
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