Gladstone said that he found that music aided in his recovery. “The first time I heard live music during my rehabilitation, I broke into tears, some combination of emotional release of sorrow and joy,” he said. And making the music for Hourglass, his fifth album, was cathartic, he added…. Hourglass, a collection of nine exquisite songs about human fragility and strength, as time ticks away.Read More
An emblematic album, embracing the tradition of the troubadour and the philosophy of the searcher, Hourglass flows with flourishes of insight and romantic imagery.Read More
Reviewed by Radio York, CHRY, Toronto –
There’s nothing sweeter than a wonderfully raw voice that has a unique, laid-back, authentic and honest sound which only belongs to a singer whose music can really be felt by other people. From the minute that Howard Gladstone’s blues-inspired voice flowed into my ears, followed by a stream of Canadian folk guitar picking, I was lost and found at the same time.
“On Howard Gladstone’s fourth album in eight years, at least judging by the tracks from Roots and Rain that I’ve heard. I think this spiritual but often melancholy Folk and social justice balladeer has found a new groove and some fresh inspiration… His ballad “Tammy (The Wheels of Justice)” in support of a woman who was unjustly convicted of child murder based on the testimony of a discredited pathologist (included on the new disc)Read More
For me, music deals with emotions. A song should touch the heart and soul of the listener. When the music is over, you should be filled with very intense feelings. “Roots and Rain” from the Canadian songwriter Howard Gladstone does this all. Just like the three earlier CD’s: “Sunflowers light the Room” (2002), “Candles on the River” (2005) and “The Breath in the Wind” (2007) this new CD excels in subtlety and relaxation.Read More
Howard Gladstone has a particular brand of folk music that’s unlike most of what I’d call great music. Though his music is more complex than a lot of folk styles, his lyrics, his voice and the slow, flowing rhythm that is consistent all the way through the CD is basically a heart-warming melody. It’s not quite as sweet as maple syrup — more like the warm burst of a blueberry when you bite into the pancake. And no matter what your station, regardless of your fears, your failures, your hopes or awards, eating a warm blueberry pancake is a fine, large human experience.Read More
Howard Gladstone has a particular brand of folk music that’s unlike most of what I’d call great music. Though his music is more complex than a lot of folk styles, his lyrics, his voice and the slow, flowing rhythm that is consistent all the way through the CD is basically a heart-warming melody.Read More
Review by Jerry Tenenbaum Posted to The Band Website
It was just over 2 years ago that I reviewed Howard Gladstone’s first CD “Sunflowers Light The Room” in the Band Guestbook. He had just performed it at Clinton’s on Bloor St. in Toronto. It seemed appropriate to review it here. Howard had links to Robbie; and his music echoed much of what the Band and others near to the Band represented.Read More
Sweet, sweet words that bring thoughts of love and sunshine and gladness into the space that surrounds the music defines this CD. Howard Gladstone is a folksinger with a guitar who sounds like he enjoys life, takes the blows, but still finds much to appreciate and rejoice in.Read More
On Nov. 9 2002, Howard Gladstone debuted his new CD “Sunflowers Light The Room” for 100 guests. In a cozy room at Clinton’s on Bloor St., Mr. Gladstone introduced us to the provocatively sensitive songs of this album.
The sound in the room was superb. (Intimate shows like this remind me of why I hate the large venues and prefer this type of musical experience.). Mr. Gladstone is clearly influenced by The Band and Bob Dylan. However, he has added his own unique sensibilities to a group of very strong songs. His voice fits the songs to a tee. You know that he means it and cares about the songs and their message when you hear him perform.Read More