Also, great lead guitar riff by JR McLeod on the sample track "Do You Wanna" - hard to believe there is no mention of him in the review - obviously the author did not do any homework at all or failed to even listen to the CD.
While I suppose lead guitarist JR might understandably be somewhat miffed about not being included in this article about the MDB CD release, what everyone reading it should know is that no one in the band with the exception of possibly the singer Roddy Akers knew anything about the write up or ever spoke to the author Patrick McGinn. It sounds like EdistoBOY is casting blame on the Clayton brothers for stealing the spotlight when neither had any knowledge of or participation in the review. The brothers contribute in equal parts to complete a solid, hard working five piece band that somehow manages to find ways to play popular songs that normally require much more instrumentation and production. EdistoBOY cannot be that much of a musician since had he ever checked the effects pedals onstage at an MDB show he would discover only electronic tuners (necessary to keep the guitars in tune), an acoustic guitar simulator (essential for transitioning to a contrasting acoustic sound when changing guitars between particular songs is not possible), and a rotating speaker effect (for creating a fuller sound on certain songs normally requiring a keyboard player) which may explain the "organ" sound lildynamite notices. As a matter of fact, JR McLeod is actually the one making more use of effects pedals (overdrive, chorus, tremolo, compressor, etc.) in this band. Seeing many MDB shows, one could never say that the rhythm player Keith Clayton ever tried to get in the way of or battle it out with the lead player. He just plays his parts and pretty much stays in his own corner, occasionally swapping to an acoustic guitar when necessary - something else apparently EdistoBOY must have missed while having a smoke outside. Roddy is a great entertainer and keeps the crowd involved, but the most experienced and professional member of the group is definitely the drummer Kevin Clayton. It is his playing style that keeps Mason Dixon from becoming "another rag-tag country band" like HOMES refers to above. Phillip is such a genuine nice guy and one of those bass players who does what bass players are supposed to do by carrying the set list of songs along without drawing that much attention to himself. Unfortunately his talent as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist does not get utilized onstage as much as it should because of his bass playing demands. On the CD, you can definitely detect his contributions though. Speaking of the CD, there are no rhythm guitar or drumming mistakes on it, proving that the Clayton brothers are not the issue keeping JR, Phillip, and Roddy from "perfecting their music". On the other hand, there are several noticeable vocal, lead guitar, and bass trip ups so edistoBOY may want to listen more closely and reconsider which players "understand what real music is all about" the most. Having seen the more recent incarnation of the Mason Dixon Band that includes only the original singer Roddy and none of the lineup that actually recorded the music on this CD, it is quite evident who is responsible for "changing things" and having to "start all over again" - likely the result of lead-singer-ego-syndrome. This time though the change went a bit too far and what was once a popular honky tonk crowd pleasing band making country music "plain and simple" with a splash of southern rock for fun seems to have become just another sterile sounding group playing pretty much the same old rock and roll songs all the other bands in town play with a country song thrown in here and there for good measure.
i'm really psyched for this album. the video for "knock knock" is awesome! http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2012/08/…
Unfortunately, it was only a pre-release for the press (sometimes my job is awesome). You can hear "Knock Knock" and part of "Dumpster World" on Band of Horses' YouTube account, though: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUD5Q…
Small consolation, I know.
How do I get about listening to this thing early?
I predict epic fanboy/fangirl rage....
Too bad Stratton is obviously too cool for Crowfield, having to throw in a couple of back-handed slaps before giving an otherwise favorable review.
I have been listening to this record non stop since it's release, it's beautiful
there is a better country duet, but not from charleston...i agree with the cary ann hearst comment about making that song a solid single...
Should be listed as best local album of 2012. and if it's not I will lose all my faith in The City Paper and humanity. bcause lets face it . . .
1. Put Ur Money Where Your Mouth Is is the most balls out rock and roll song since Leslie split. That is a fact. Charleston bands are lame and playing banjos these days and putting us to sleep. this song makes me want to slap hookers. Tell me it's not the best local rock song of 2012 and I'll call you a liar to your face.
2. 'Songs About California' is americana poetry. the fact that cary ann hearst sings on it only makes it better. has there been a better country duet in years? I doubt it.
3. Even though the songs are catchy and memorable, the lyrics--if you listen and or read them are unreal.
4. I've kept up with this guy for a long time and watched him tour the country and play shows for years. he's still in the trenches and making music independently, not to mention he recently set up a 13 city charity tour this fall and gave all the money to nonprofits! how many artist do that? its funny how music elite are always searching for the 'next big thing' yet dont even know when a unique and talented song writer is living in their back yard.
I hope to see this record in 'the best of the best' issue of CP. Because I know Charleston music fans know a great album when they hear one.
Not sure I agree with the 'sappy' description. Faith In Me and Say Something r bad*ss and i think were in a movie recently along with a handful of the others. So evidently someone saw some merit in 'the sappiness.' Either way, I thought the review was for the most part good. Nice!
BTW: Also, your web link is wrong. It's www.lukecunninghammusic.com and not www.lukecunningham.com . The one u used took me to some comedians web page.
Red super giant will be at skinfull Halloween October 22nd!!
Looked and listened. Not bad. Sounds a bit looped, though. I'd have to hear more....
Thanks for the kind words.
technical difficulties — look and listen for it today...
In the Jukebox but no sample track? Come on!
Wow, I can find very little common ground with the reviewer here...I think this album is groundbreaking! I'm not sure how the reviewer draws his conclusions about it sounding dated...I believe that the production serves a larger purpose...namely emphasizing the lyrics and working as a 3rd force (along with music and lyrics) to underscore the emotional meaning of the tracks. Is it epic? Heck yeah. Is it progressive? Beyond a doubt. Does it feature virtuoso performances and unexpected twists and turns? Unquestionably it does.
I understand that opinions may vary on music, art, architecture, and pie-baking...but in this listener's brain, Chrysalis takes me to musical places that I've never been before...and THAT is why I love this album.
It is so painful to read a review by someone who is so obviously biased against a style or genre of music as was this reviewer. Personally, I could never review a rap album, because of my own personal tastes, but would simply decline the assignment rather than feign impartiality. A reviewer should be well versed and have an appreciation of the the subject they're writing about.
But, rather than review the reviewer...
For those who do not know progressive rock, or prog as it is often now known, it was born in the late 60's, pioneered by bands like King Crimson, Moody Blues & Pink Floyd, among others. It blossomed in the 70's with Genesis, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Yes (Britain) & Kansas (US) as some of the best known bands.
Progressive Rock was the exploration of a more complex music than the 3 minute simple rock & pop tunes that preceded as radio fare. It was as much related to classical & jazz in its form as to rock and often the time signatures were not and are not a 4/4 beat, as is rock.
The popularity of prog waned in the 80's but over the last 20 years a great resurgence has occurred. It is something of an alternative, even underground wave of music, as most radio stations are no longer free to play the longer, epic compositions of progressive music, but the internet is now filling that gap.
As for Man On Fire & "Chrysalis"...
"Chrysalis" stretches Man On Fire's sound from "Habitat" into a richer, fuller sound with the addition of more acoustic instrumentation added to the electronic base. Added into the instrumentation this time is trumpet, violin, acoustic guitar & grand piano and a female vocalist sharing duties with Jeff Hodges.
The music is dense and intricate, but the strong melodies make it quite accessible. This is contemporary progressive music, with nothing that even hints of a retro sound, or sense of nostalgia for the pioneers of the genre. The lyrics are intriguing and thought provoking.
If you are adventurous in your musical tastes and looking for some great progressive music, I highly recommend checking out this release.
You can listen to it and decide for yourself by going to the band's page on the 10T Records website: http://10trecords.com/artists/genres/progr…
Bad review usually = fantastic CD. Definitely the case here. Those who can, do. Those who can't, review. I bought this CD and it's one of the best releases in recent memory. This review causes me to question the validity of Paul Bowers other work.
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