One Voice – Billy Hanks Records

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“One Voice is a treasure chest of songs, one that subtly demands to be opened repeatedly to let its wonderful contents out.

The best thing about Will Cary is the lack of anything spectacular. No gimmicks, no cutesy lyrics, no trickery – just mature, strong music.

Cary’s lyrics deeply touch the basic human emotions with a simplistic yet knowing style. On “Peace of Mind” he sings, “What can I say, what can I do?/ to make any difference in this world/So many people caught in a trap/ They’re looking for something you can’t find on a map.”

All the songs on “One Voice” display a sense of wizened maturity and tell the stories of someone who has seen all shades of life and knows where to look for the rainbow.

Slip this album on like a favorite shirt and you’ll see how comfortable it feels. I listened 10 straight times and would be happy to do it again. The songs flip-flop between folk and rock with a little edge thrown in every once and awhile to keep your attention.

‘Couldn’t Love You More” and “One Voice” almost reek of sincerity and Cary has no trouble convincing listeners he’s not just singing from the mouth but from the heart.

Kory Wilcoxson
Louisville Music News
February 1994

Any album that includes songs written by Paul Brady and John Martyn is already points ahead. Cary has a lot in common with singer-songwriter John Hiatt. Both write soulful, melodic rock ‘n’ roll, both have a singular vocal approach that simultaneously lends weight and humor to their material, and both know how put a band together.

“One Voice” begins with the catchy “Baby You’re The One,” then slips into Cary’s exquisite reading of Brady’s “Blue World” which will make you want to hit the replay button for a couple of hours. Don’t or you’ll miss the country barn-burner, “Family Man.”

Then comes the ethereal beauty of Martyn’s “Couldn’t Love You More,” the tangled rhythm and blues of “Love and Emotion” and “Peace of Mind” and the pure pop of “Reach For The Stars.” Cary ends the record with the brooding politics of  “Where Is The Sense In It All? and the fiery optimism of the title track.

The playing on “One Voice” is masterful, a potent blend of  rolling keyboards and bracing guitars over a solid bottom. And while Cary’s lyrics may not cover much new ground, they’re sung with genuine conviction. Frame it all with Nashville veteran Dave Pomeroy’s warm production, and you’ve got one voice that deserves to be heard.

The Courier-Journal, March 19, 1994
Tune In/ Scene Magazine/ Allen Howie

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