November, 2006, West Coast Performer Magazine
"Love Is A Hero"
Produced and engineered by Joey Muller
Mixed by Mark Needham, Jacquire King, Brian Schuble, David Simon Baker
and Joey Muller
first full-length album stands to position him as the next big success
story to come out of the Bay Area. His studied, carefully crafted brand
of pop and rock as heard on Love Is A Hero draws on the familiar sounds
of acoustic and electric guitars, piano, bass and drums, all tied together
with smooth vocals and pristine production.
While there are bursts of electric guitar on songs like After All
and Intoxicated, they are compressed and mixed down for a
more palatable sound. The trippy effects at the close of Meet Me
In The Middle also suggest that Varon certainly has a taste for
the brash and edgy sides of mainstream rock, yet the young songwriters
album is clearly more in line with the tastes of the adult pop scene.
Think of Varons contemporaries as Five For Fighting, Goo Goo Dolls
or Howie Day.
Like his contemporaries, the subject matter of Varons songs is a
powerful draw for the young as well. The title of the album should give
that one away fairly easily. Not only that, the use of Cant
Breathe on MTVs Laguna Beach speaks volumes for Varons
ability to write songs that can touch a broad spectrum of listeners.
From start to finish, Love Is A Hero keeps working hard to make a connection.
All 12 of the albums songs are sturdy examples of mainstream adult
pop-rock. Theres no filler to be found here any of these
songs would be single-worthy, whether its the rockin After
All or the yearning acoustic album closer A Fall From the
Edge. With such uniform quality, Varon stands to make, and keep,
a lot of new fans.