Gavin DeGraw has penned some very catchy songs in recent years; from “I Don’t Wanna Be” to “Chariot”, his are the songs we find ourselves singing along to while enjoying some very deft piano-playing. His albums aren’t full of songs about love and lost love; rather, he mixes in lyrics about the questions we all ask ourselves at one time or another, big life changes, and soul-searching. And while his new album–Make A Move–is said to stay fairly close to the formulas he’s used before, the songs are getting some positive reviews by critics.
“Move doesn’t stray far from his “I Don’t Want to Be” formula — it’s steeped in intricate piano hooks and his seductive, gravelly voice. But the title track is terrific, as is “Who’s Gonna Save Us,” wrote critic Henry Goldblatt. DeGraw says he used to be very uptight about writing music with other people, but ultimately opened up to it and has seen a lot of success with those songs; his fourth album includes some “autobiographical” songs, as well as tunes he wrote with OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder.
DeGraw recently performed “The Best I Ever Had” on “Today”, showcasing his talent for live performances and giving audiences a preview of the new album’s sound, which fans of Mumford & Sons might appreciate for the foot-stomping beats and heartfelt sentiment.