Salim Nourallah

A Way to Your Heart

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Happiness Factor frontman Salim Nourallah gives the gentler side of his musical personality a hearing on this five-song EP, which cuts back on the bite of that band's material for a warmer and more subtle approach, which recalls his early stuff with the Nourallah Brothers. While the title cut offers a nice bit of snap, most of A Way to Your Heart moves away from the rock-influenced style of the Happiness Factor for a lighter sound that suggests Todd Rundgren or George Harrison's more pop-friendly moments. Nourallah has also left his sarcasm at home for these sessions, which boast lyrics that take a more optimistic and open-hearted perspective on love, especially on "Overwhelmed" and "Try to Get Along," though the ghostly (and untitled) bonus track takes his gentler perspective down a different and slightly darker path. Lovely stuff, though Nourallah is advised not to toss away his amp stacks just yet.

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