CD REVIEWS: Rob Blackledge "Inside These Walls"

Rob Blackledge is one of those musicians that put in the time but don't get the respect he deserves. He's been around for a while, but it wasn't until the release of this album that he has finally shown that he has what it takes to rub shoulders with the big guys. Blackledge pulls out all the stops on several of the songs, showcasing his musical abilities and lyricism. He mixes ballads with pop songs, all while showing off his mastery of the piano. "Should Have Known Better" and "Granola Girl" are two of his finest compositions. Kyle Riabko makes a guest appearance on the song "Sweet Sweet Lady," laying down some excellent guitar tracks. Blackledge may still have a ways to go before he's a household name, but he has proven that he deserves a shot in the big time with this one.