It seems almost impossible that an artist that has been around this long – 20 years in Chris Calamera’s case, can keep making records that stand up among the best that he has ever done. Let’s be clear: “Last Goodbye” is a great song. It’s poppy, with a big melody and an insistent rock rhythm, and it’s catchy as hell. Sounds like authentic Exit 22 Music to me. This is pure Calamera from his pop-rock songwriting style standpoint, and pure Exit 22 Music, considering the breathtaking vocals and high production-value quotient. The perfect, power-pop formula. Exit 22 Music has been keeping us on the edge of our seats for a couple of years now in terms of releasing new material from the studio.
Another reason for celebrating the arrival of “Last Goodbye” is simply the fact that the record showcases a project whose output remains as strong, as cohesive, and as relevant as any one of their previous records.
Always pushing their sound into new territory while retaining that signature pop vein that makes Exit 22 Music records, well, distinctively Exit 22 Music; this track is a truly exceptional composition from one of the finest musical acts in the pop-rock underground.
To the casual listener of the project’s material over the years, particularly those who are only really familiar with some of Exit 22 Music’s peak material – “Break These Chains”, “The Magic In You” and “Double Life” etc., “Last Goodbye” will contain as many surprises as it does certainties.
Chris Calamera, the songwriting mastermind behind the project’s past and current hits, has once again edged Exit 22 Music into melodic and angst-filled pop-rock terrain with this record; and it has once again paid off, for the soon to be celebrated hit-maker, behind the mammoth songwriting and production wheel of this project.
“Last Goodbye” combines a dynamic guitar opening, some sweetly sung verses, and a bitchin’ chorus that sidesteps right into pure, unadulterated pop-rock terrain. This is serious goose-bump-inducing stuff, especially the guitar riffs in mid-song. The production on this track is one of its finest features.
Each listen pulls out something new or previously hidden. While this could have resulted in a cluttered arrangement, Chris Calamera has applied care to the placement of instruments, and other elements and so each stem unravels with a vigorous consistency as opposed to feeling out of place or messy.
“Last Goodbye” is yet another stellar effort from a should-be-adored project. And contains some of Exit 22 Music’s finest work. Its testament to the project’s songwriting, vocal, production and instrumental talents and is further evidence that Chris Calamera’s hit-well is very, very far from running dry. We tip our hat to you once again!
MORE ABOUT: Exit 22 Music is the brainchild of founder, Chris Calamera, a talented artist with over 20 years of experience in the music industry. More precisely, Exit 22 Music is a dynamic and charismatic NYC music production company, that mixes intuitive instrumentation with world-class production value and widely appealing lyrics in order to craft a blend of sound that transcend barriers and genre definition.
With a unique personality and a striking collection of tunes under his belt, main composer, Calamera, set out to create songs that feel eclectic, yet direct and personal, echoing the work of seminal performers the likes of Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson and the Goo Goo Dolls, among others.