I'm not going to mess around here: Chad Price is my favorite ALL singer. "Shreen" is probably my all-time favorite ALL song. I'm listening to his solo stuff for the first time because of this split with Rocky Votolato and it is... okay. His original song is a a lackluster melody, but well performed. His cover of Rocky's "Silver Trees" is better just because that song is pretty amazing writing-wise. Chad puts a little extra juice into that track and, unfortunately for him, it outshines the first track. Other notes are that there is a guy and he's singing with a guitar.
Rocky submits a self-recorded track for his original on the B-Side. His guitar work on "Transparent" is fantastic and the self-harmonizing is wonderful via the thin recording which seems just about right for this song. I wish there was more of a melody to grab on to, as that would lift this up a star or so. His cover of Chad's "Best & Worst" adds drums and electric guitar and was recorded in a studio, but the extra instruments don't really add anything to a pretty short track that I've almost forgotten by the end of it. There's just nothing on this side that moves me.
As another entry in the singer-songwriter retirement program of formerly hard-rockin' dudes, this comes off as a pretty forgettable footnote, I'm afraid. You guys know I love sappy dudes and guitars wailing on about sadness and what-not, but these four tracks don't seem to say anything at all, I'm afraid.
A1: This Cross Chad Price
A2: Silver Trees Chad Price
B1: Transparent Rocky Votolato
B2: Best & Worst Rocky Votolato