Review by Steph Cosme, Staccato.com
Daum is a composer that focuses on creating clear melodies in a music setting that is full and entertaining. His guitar playing is solid throughout the album and he displays a wide range of techniques and playing styles. “Berlin Song” makes good use of the whammy bar for expressive purposes ala Jeff Beck. The acoustic guitar playing on “Talking Softly” is relaxed and has a solid jazz influence and the use of octaves. The backing sounds are full, with rich keyboards, bass, percussion and drums providing many layers for Daum’s melodies. Overall, Songs Without Words is a collection of tunes the are relaxing and deep with melodic substance. Daum’s composing, playing and improvisations are all highly musical and melodic. So, sit back, relax and let Songs Without Words take you to a musical space away from the noisy world. That’s the short of it!