Album Review: Randy Cherkis – “Fathers and Daughters”
The music of singer/songwriter Randy Cherkis is like the warm handshake from an old friend. There is a comforting, at times therapeutic quality about his music; he has a friendly, paternal voice, one that conveys, “Everything is going to be fine.” So it is appropriate that Cherkis has released a new EP called Fathers and Daughters. If an artist is to write songs about his kids, then it should be Cherkis; he sounds like a dad, the mellow, relaxing tone of his singing is the stuff of lullabies.
Thankfully, Cherkis doesn’t wallow in cheesy sentimentality; the four tracks on Fathers and Daughters plumb the emotional depths of being a parent. “Breanna’s Song” captures the thrill of first-time fatherhood. “I couldn’t wait to get to know you,” Cherkis sings with palpable joy. It’s a sweet tune, a real alternative to all of the pessimism and angst on the airwaves.
Musically, Cherkis occupies that space between Adult Contemporary and country. His acoustic arrangements inject a slightly folk flavor as well, especially the lovely title track. The crystalline guitars of “I Can Dream” soar with Cherkis’ ascending emotions. Fathers and Daughters produces such a happy, uplifting vibe that even those who have never experienced the excitement of childbirth will be able to feel.