MUSIC

Album: 'Somewhere Else'
Released: October 22, 2013
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Personnel:

All songs written, arranged, and produced by Anoush Khazeni.

All instruments (played and programmed) and vocals by Anoush Khazeni except:

Bass on ‘Beyond Our Control’, ‘Alright’, and ‘Still’ by Mike Walti 

Keyboards on ‘No Hurry’ by joub

Keyboards on ‘Time Flies’ by Ardalan Payvar

Lead Guitar on ‘Time Flies’ by Arash Sobhani

Rhythm and Lead Guitar parts on ‘Beyond Our Control’ by Mo Talani

Trumpet on ‘Still’ by Douglas Mandell

Violin on ‘Human’ by Tara Kamangar

Recorded in various sessions between January 2012 and May 2013 at home in San Francisco, California

Cover Design by Reanna Taylor (www.reannataylor.com)

All songs © 2013 Anoush Khazeni (BMI)

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Album: 'Somewhere Between Hope & Despair'
Released: November 15, 2008
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Personnel:

All songs written, arranged, and produced by Anoush Khazeni.

All instruments (played and programmed) and vocals by Anoush Khazeni except:

French Horn on 'No Trick, No Magic' by James F. Homles

Harmonica on 'Easy' by Mehrdad Menbari

Lead Guitar on 'Butterflies' by Arash Sobhani

Recorded in various sessions between March 2006 and August 2008 at home in San Jose, California

All songs © 2008 Anoush Khazeni (BMI)

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AllAboutJazz.com Review:

By Robert M. Sutton

April 16, 2009

 

Chordaholic is not a band, but one man: singer/songwriter Anoush Khazeni. Nevertheless, the songs on Somewhere Between Hope & Despair have the weight of a group effort, as if Khazeni cloned himself to jam with each doppelganger. Usually these faux bands produce a tinny, bottom-empty sound, often resulting in sonic excess as there is no sense of discipline.  That isn't the case with Chordaholic as Khazeni seems more focused on the art of songwriting itself than showing off his technical skills or studio tools.

 

"Like a Melody" is life-affirming soulful pop with a slightly funky backbeat. Khazeni's soft-spoken hooks are a refreshing alternative to the in-your-face bombast of many of today's young artists. However, Khazeni isn't so subtle that the song's gentle qualities are buried in the now trendy indie-rock approach of keeping everything coy. Rather, his approach seems to be rooted in the boyish melodicism of vintage Beatles and the sun-soaked balladry of Classics IV.

 

A few tracks are imbued with dreamy tones, namely "A Reason and a Rhyme" and "Automatic." Khazeni uses his acoustic guitar to either create atmospheric textures ("A Reason and a Rhyme," especially) or provide the driving rhythm, as on "Out of This World," which is fueled by some spellbinding riff action. This isn't some bland strum job; there is creativity in Khazeni's selection of chords. "Footprints" begins slowly but then suddenly bursts with energy, bathing listeners with a shower of warm vocal harmonies. Lovely. On "Butterflies," Khazeni surprises with a bluesy kiss, revealing another side to his artistry that further solidifies his position of wanting to be more than just another singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar.