Year : 2018
Style : Hard Rock , Melodic Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + front + Video
Size : 133 mb
The sophomore release from Tall Dark Stranger chronicles the journeys of the good ship Contra Mundum, a brave vessel determined to stay on course in a world devoid of a North Star.At the helm is songwriter and lead singer Dee Allen, who found that the theme of honest conversation kept recurring in the lyrics to his new songs. “I had noticed how often words are used to flee from understanding, rather than to seek it,” says Allen. “When a new or challenging idea comes up, people will often fall back on an easy cliché, rather than wrestle with it. So, the person who speaks about things as they truly are finds himself ‘against the world’, hence the album title.”Contra Mundum continues the Tall Dark Stranger tradition of blending both musical genres and eras; a reflection of Dee’s diverse tastes as a music fan, and experiences in multiple styles. Listeners will hear elements from a broad musical map, from wide-open guitar rock (album opener "Electrons"), to moody Peter Gabriel-style pop ("Tear This Castle Down"), to a heart-rending piano ballad with a haunting string melody ("Love in Chernobyl"). The overall result falls somewhere between classic rock and 80's power pop, with a hint of blue-eyed soul.Allen is joined by ace guitarist Brian Smith, whose contributions range from high-octane rock shredding to Setzer-esque rockabilly, to ethereal soundscapes reminiscent of Lindsey Buckingham. Bassist Ben Harper makes his debut as a lead vocalist on his self-penned tune “At Best”, while showing his 4-string versatility on tracks like “Right to Be Wrong”. TDS co-founder Will Allen lends his soaring vocals to create the band’s signature harmony sound.The album also includes appearances by some of Nashville’s finest session and road musicians, such as Victor Broden (Thompson Square) and Eugene Moles (Hee Haw, Marty Haggard). Allen says, “One of the great things about Music City is the abundance of great musicians from every genre who want to contribute, out of a true love of the music. It’s like having more colors to paint with, and makes it easier to find the exact right voice or instrument to get the sound you wanted.” One such group of guest stars is Dee’s sister Jamie and her four children, professionally known as Rockland Road. “Family harmony is known to be the best-sounding, so in addition to using Jamie whenever possible, I now have four super-talented young vocalists to call on.” Jamie and oldest son March are featured on “Thinking About It”. Dee’s father, Duane Allen of the legendary Oak Ridge Boys, lends harmonies on “At Best”.Contra Mundum is set for release on September 18, and will be available on CD Baby, as well as all major online retailers and streaming services.
Six years is a long time between the release of a sophomore album relative to a debut, but never is too late. "Contra Mundum" is the second Cd from TALL DARK STRANGER, a band that with their 2012 debut offered a breath of fresh air to the music scene.The project, led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dee Allen, released a refreshing lite AOR throwback album with a sound that was somewhere in-between King’s X, Peter Gabriel, Todd Rundgren and Journey. Slick keyboards, layered vocals, rocking guitars and strong pop hooks made the first Tall Dark Stranger a very nice release.The first Tall Dark Stranger album was strictly a retro rock album recalling the heyday of ’80s glory, the new CD is much more contemporary. While this is definitely the same band and same songwriter here the band seems determined to prove they aren’t strictly a retro revival act and can be competitive with current artists.The band, based in Nashville, has incorporated slight elements of pop country-rock into the sound. The result is grittier guitars and a record that feels much more organic and earthy as opposed to the icy chill of the first album.That’s not to say that the chilling keyboards of their past record are gone completely, but they are nowhere near as present as on the first album, at least on all of the tracks.Production wise, this is a much more modern record, akin to the last few Ritchie Kotzen solo releases, a pinch of the acoustic side of Mr. Big, but there are a few cuts with throwback sensibilities recalling everything from Hall & Oates to Van Halen.If you’re a fan of the music of the ’80s, and more importantly, a fan of what ’80s artists are releasing as new material in 2018, then you’ll appreciate "Contra Mundum" quite a bit.This falls right in line with the likes of Richie Kotzen’s recent solo work — soulful, tasteful, catchy and contemporary with some Eighties / early Nineties retro feeling here and there.While slightly more mellow than the first album, there’s still plenty of rock to be had and fans of melodic rock will enjoy this.
Dee Allen – lead vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drum programming
Brian Smith – lead guitar, backing vocals
Will Allen – percussion, backing vocals
Ben Harper – bass, backing vocals, guitars, lead vocals (10)
Eugene Moles – guitar
Josh Rosen – keyboards
Joe Sax – bass, backing vocals
Victor Borden – bass
Joanna Sugameli – violin
Kelly Hicks – backing vocals
Rockland Road – backing vocals
Jo-Leah Gray – backing vocals
Andrea Heying – backing vocals
Elton Charles – percussion
Yvonne Smith – backing vocals
Duane Allen – backing vocals
Rachel Rodriguez – backing vocals
02. Thinking About It
03. Love in Chernobyl
04. Icicle Man
06. It’s Over
07. Right to Be Wrong
08. Was What It Is
09. Tear This Castle Down
10. At Best
+ Video "Was What It Is" (Official Video)
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