CDs: Dishwalla - Dishwalla
By Linda Spielman
It has been almost 10 years since Dishwalla
released their first CD "Pet Your Friends". Within the span of their career
the band has enjoyed massive radio success, years of industry rave reviews
of all their CD releases, endless touring for the fans and military, and
instrumental emotional relief to many in NYC during the 9/11 tragedies.
Through all the hustle and bustle of an extremely successful career, Dishwalla
has maintained the highest level of some of the most emotionally charged
lyrics & streamlined, melodic alternative-pop music in the business.
The band's fourth CD release simply entitled "Dishwalla", yet again further
solidifies the band's commitment to themselves and their fans in putting
forth a stellar CD of truly amazing music.
JR Richard's voice is probably one of the
most sincere as well as intoxicating I have had ever heard. His range has
always been entrancing, going from a mellow & soothing tone, to a raging
train of raw emotion. This CD really has let his vocal talent shine brighter
than on any of the past Dishwalla CDs.
Although the band's last CD "Opaline"
drew critical acclaim, "Dishwalla" is very reminiscent of their debut CD
"Pet Your Friends". It has a harder edge and more guts than "Opaline",
yet equally as impressive with all its musical elements. Dishwalla shows
have always been for me some of the most solid & musically cohesive
shows I have had the pleasure of seeing. Although this CD is not a live
one, it truly captures the essence of the band as a whole on all musical
fronts. For many fans of the band, "Dishwalla" is yet another release many
find themselves having a hard time not listening to all the time. It beckons
a constant listen. Every time you listen to "Collide", "Forty Stories"
or "Bleeding Out" it is inevitable to find something new you may have missed
on the last or even your first listen.
What is such a draw to many people who
are familiar with the band and its music, is the way the group as a whole
has the ability to create a musical vision for their listener. It could
be Richard's writing in which he wears his deepest emotions on his sleeve,
or Browning-Cravens way of slipping in a truly surprising guitar riff where
you least expect it or wailing through a verse to amplify its meaning.
Equally complimenting is a true backbone of percussion and bass which has
always been a strong foundation of every Dishwalla song over the last 10
years. Completing the musical circle is the whimsical as well as melodic
ingredient of keyboards and synthesizers. When you melt all the elements
of these five talented musicians together, true Dishwalla music is born,
which cannot be duplicated.
I can say without hesitation that this
CD is beyond strong; musically, lyrically, emotionally and energy
wise from beginning to end. Yes, the production is flawless, but the band
as whole has never sounded better. They have developed a formula in the
last 10 years that is unique to Dishwalla alone. With "Collide" as the
first radio release, many people are taking notice of the band once again.
It's a heartfelt song about human error, humility and emotion is a perfect
compliment as a first single. I can't say I have one favorite track off
this CD because there are entire songs, and elements of some songs that
I just completely get lost in while listening to. However, the one track
I do find myself using repeat on quite often is "Coral Sky". Maybe it's
the hook, maybe it's the guitar or the layering of many sounds and vibes
that draws me in time and again. I cannot keep myself away from that song
no matter how many times I listen to it.
This CD is a definite 5 out of 5 stars.
This band continually amazes me, and enables me to do what music is meant
to do...to let you get lost in another zone, feel, listen and enjoy.
Ease The Moment
Creeps In The Stone
Surrender The Crown
Life For Sale
Above The Wreckage
Collide - (2 mix, bonus track)
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