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Bentley, Dierks - the mountain [2018]
Dierks Bentley kommt mit einem neuen, fantastischen Album. Was dieser Mann auch abliefert, es sind stets absolute Highlights einer heute leider ansonsten oftmals allzu "fremdelnden" Nashville-Countrywelt. Klar, auch Bentley's Musik ist modern, muß sie ja auch sein. Doch er vergißt niemals seine Roots, niemals die Wurzeln der Countrymusic, niemals diese unwiderstehliche, natürliche Country-Frische. Hochklassige Songs, mal duraus ein wenig poppig, mal rockig, mal southern, mal dezent grassig - Dierks Bentley arbeitet sich genußvoll durch alle Facetten des New Country. Tolle Songs, tolle Melodien, tolle Musiker, tolle Arrangements - dieses Werk ist definitiv jetzt schon eines der Country-Highlights des Jahres.

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Dierks Bentley returns to his roots for his ninth studio album, The Mountain. The singer wrote and recorded the project in Telluride, Colorado, after being inspired during a visit to Telluride Bluegrass Festival. As a result, the acoustic instrumentation on select songs coupled with Bentley’s heartfelt songwriting brings to mind elements of his 2010 release Up On the Ridge. All the while, Bentley’s authenticity shines through.
The Mountain kicks off with the standout “Burning Man,” featuring Brothers Osborne, where Bentley sings of life’s struggles and triumphs. Penned by Luke Dick and Bobby Pinson, Bentley makes the song uniquely his with slowed vocals and striking musicianship that is sure to come alive in the concert setting.
The heartfelt “Living” also strikes a chord as Bentley sings of how “some days you’re just breathing, just trying to break even” while others “your heart is pounding out of your chest.” This introspection is heard throughout the majority of The Mountain, particularly on album closer “How I’m Going Out.” Bentley’s vulnerability is further showcased on the striking ballad “My Religion,” as he sings of how loving a woman isn’t his decision but his religion. Meanwhile, “Son of The Sun” has the singer reflecting on his upbringing in Arizona and his need to embrace the desert air and escape the daily grind of life through nature.
On “Nothing On But the Stars,” Bentley switches gears as he looks back at the end of a relationship with the hope of one more night together. It’s here that his seductive vocals shine with distinct yearning while delicate percussion accompaniment and soaring guitar features further evoke the song’s message.
Bentley switches gears on “Goodbye in Telluride” with unique production and a rhythmic singing style. A positive spin on a breakup, while enjoying the snowcapped mountains of Colorado he senses his girlfriend won’t be around for much longer. Captivated by the setting, he begs her to wait a few more days before ending things so he can remember his visit fondly. “If you gotta let me go I’m gonna be alright / Just don’t tell me goodbye here in Telluride,” he croons on the infectious song.
While Bentley’s brief relocation to Colorado to write and produce The Mountain had an obvious impact on many of the songs, so does his family. His wife’s influence is felt on the heartfelt single “Woman, Amen” and within the equally memorable love song, “Stranger To Myself.” On the latter, he sings of how before Cassidy came along he was a stranger to himself. “Who I was back then is like an old forgotten song / You showed me who I am / You handed me the keys / And I unlocked the door to a better part of me,” he sings on the chorus.
One of the album’s highlights includes “Travelin’ Light,” featuring Brandi Carlile. The song’s acoustic instrumentation and Carlile’s captivating vocals pair well with Bentley’s. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Tim O’Brien also provide musical assistance on the song.
While Bentley has shown is ability at pushing genre lines over the years, on The Mountain he successfully returns to his roots. Having spent time in Colorado writing and recording the album, Bentley proves a master at finding inspiration within his surroundings and, as a result, transports the listener with him. Bentley’s talent as a songwriter and distinct musical influences merge throughout The Mountain for a memorable release that will no doubt serve as a timeless addition to his catalog.
(Annie Reuter/SoundsLikeNashville)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Burning Man (feat. Brothers Osborne) - 3:58
2. The Mountain - 4:44
3. Living - 3:42
4. Woman, Amen - 2:59
5. You Can't Bring Me Down - 4:46
6. Nothing On But The Stars - 3:47
7. Goodbye In Telluride - 3:09
8. My Religion - 3:05
9. One Way - 3:37
10. Son Of The Sun - 3:10
11. Stranger To Myself - 3:24
12. Travelin' Light (feat. Brandi Carlile) - 3:14
13. How I'm Going Out - 3:38

Art-Nr.: 9639
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Matthews Band, Dave - come tomorrow [2018]
Endlich, nach sechs langen Jahren: Ein neues Studioalbum der Dave Matthews Band - handwerklich und musikalisch wieder auf höchstem Niveau. Sehr starke Vorstellung!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

At some point in time a wise human accurately stated that what makes us happy are the little things. I’ll circle around to this sentence later on. For now, happy FriYAY, it’s a Dave Matthews Band album release Friday, so indeed, YAY! Come Tomorrow is the ninth chapter in the storied career of these jam-band Virginia legends, and the first offering since 2012’s Away From The World. Clocking in at roughly 55 minutes, this LP arrives at a time of need for balance and soothing simplistic stories that drift us away from the feather ruffling of everyday Hollywood and politics. Not that there is anything simple about Dave Matthews and his mates, but their complex sound does calm and bring smiles to those willing to delve in.
As previously stated, little things. It figures as we get older, people tend to find joy in everyday occurrences. Let’s not talk about government or our divided neighbors, let’s shy away from the music industry beefs and the unfair turbulence caused by the rich few. These topics have there importance, of course, but sometimes we just need a break. That is where Dave Matthews and the gang’s new offering chimes in. Come Tomorrow is a record about the simple things. Relatable material. In a world that’s taken a turn to Kafkaesque settings, Dave Matthews is another voice reminding us that maybe we could take a step back and enjoy – say it with me – the little things.
Album opener “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin),” titled after a sub-par film released in 1991 with a cool title, is a drums-n-guitar driven power-ballad focused on the hopeful purity that overtakes us when a newborn arrives. By contrast, “Do You Remember” is an upbeat swanky mix of playful strings and horns that reflects on our time on this fickle Earth and what love is supposed to look like. Namesake “Come Tomorrow” is a mid-paced tune of both optimism and acquiesce. Croons Matthews “An old man spat and cursed as he spoke // It’s all going to hell and the whole world is broken // The little kid is busy making plans // To save the whole world // Along with that old man,” to a future generation that takes the reins and looks to fix our past missteps – at least that is the plan.
Material from yesteryear shines through on Come Tomorrow as well. The late great Mr. LeRoi Moore‘s notorious horns make a cameo on straight-out-of-the-vault anthems “Can’t Stop” and “Idea of You.” Rounding out the stronger core are the funky soul trappings of “Again and Again” and the longing tales of childhood on the maturely suave “Virginia In The Rain.” Nonetheless, the spectacular apotheosis within Come Tomorrow rests in the unlikely “That Girl Is You.” A tune detailing a casual meet cute that plays simple enough by tune, but is high and mighty through a seldom used gritty-falsetto from Matthews. This is Dave like you have never heard him before – and it is refreshing.
Overall, Come Tomorrow is a sane and vulnerable album. No outlandish statements are made and much of the material comes across as organic and synced. Per usual, Rashawn, Stefan, Carter, and the rest of the gang play it tight, play it right, and create beauty within the elation of sheer musicianship. There are no auto-tunes or computerized gimmicks of enhancement. Come Tomorrow is just a bunch of gifted artists making simple themed jams in a world looking to save itself, from itself. You know, the little things. Cheers!
(Andrés Alvarado/Loudsound Magazine)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin) - 4:22
2. Can't Stop - 4:43
3. Here On Out - 3:18
4. That Girl Is You - 3:16
5. She - 3:51
6. Idea Of You - 4:44
7. Virginia In The Rain - 6:09
8. Again And Again - 4:25
9. bkdkdkdd - 0:27
10. Black And Blue Bird - 3:33
11. Come On Come On - 4:39
12. Do You Remember - 4:17
13. Come Tomorrow - 4:46
14. When I'm Weary - 1:56

Art-Nr.: 9640
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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