“Reason for Squeezin” a track by The Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Herb Shaw, gives a vibe that everyone who listens to Reggae, Soul and R&B would enjoy starting their day to. The song is very much competitive with the current pop music trend in terms of sound. One can tell that Shaw is looking to capture a broader audience of fans and make them his own. The track takes a deep, longing beat that pulses and pounds as Shaw’s vocals soar above it all in this grooved-up tune.
There seems to be a fact that many in the music industry are quick to overlook: there’s a difference between embodying a sound and having a ‘persona.’ Assembling props and tailoring an image may work temporarily, but eventually, the truth will emerge.
Herb Shaw, for anyone with a pulse and a pair of working ears, represents the former. His songs, by way of the grit and throaty edges of his vocals, carry a thread of the struggles and sacrifices he’s probably endured along the way. We not only hear Shaw, we relate to and believe him.
Herb Shaw has spent the last few years building a reservoir of hearty, slow-burning soul grooves, and now he has blended that sound with the determined bounce of reggae. The resulting dose is nothing less than mesmerizing.
Modern in theme yet brimming with traditional grown-man sentiments, Shaw lays his feelings on the line. From start to finish Shaw’s smoky soulful voice will tickle your eardrums and please your senses. His lyrics are so cleverly chosen and combined that everyone can feel what he’s singing about.
Herb Shaw presents really deep feel good music, and modern it’s sound and style, it is very reminiscent of a time gone by. If you run through Shaw’s brief online catalog, you can really feel his sound musically evolving, as well as his voice.
Everyone knows he can bring that power house voice down on any song of his choice. The emotions he displays on certain songs shows another layer to his vocal range, and his ability to sustain control of his voice, and the rawness of what he’s talking about lyrically shines through on every track.
“Reason for Squeezin” simply takes things to the next level. Instead of overindulging in processed urban radio bids, Shaw, who’s never sounded better, incorporates pop-reggae styles matter-of-factly while keeping a sense of traditionalism at heart.
The pendulum swings between club land escapism and therapeutic crooning. Herb Shaw finds the perfect balance on this track, his warm voice adding just the right touch of nuance to a flavorful soundscape.