Monday, February 25, 2013

CD Review: The Sweet Remains And Brian Dolzani Sing Us Their Storied Tales

Acoustic folk-rock trio The Sweet Remains released their sophomore album, “North & Prospect” on February 19. They are heading out on the road with a two-month long tour, beginning March 1 at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT. Their music has been featured in a number of television shows, commercials and music compilations. The new album falls into the same vein as Crosby, Stills & Nash with their three-part harmonies and powerfully touching lyrics.
 
The new album begins with the country-folk sway of “Been Too Good” as you notice how their voices mesh so well together, especially in “The Moment.” The album’s mellow feel flows throughout the song’s acoustic appeal as in “Red Brick Moon” and “Better Ways To Spend The Day.” The song “Sweet Love” is just an amazing, fragile piece of music that just eases your worries away. The Sweet Remains try their hand at The Beatles’ classic “Come Together” as it gets turned into country-blues as they let their harmonies carry the song. The album closes with the gentle sounds of “The River Hymn” which feels like it came from Paul Simon’s songbook.
 
For more information on The Sweet Remains new album and for a complete list of tour dates, please visit thesweetremains.com.
 
Also newly released is the latest album from singer/songwriter Brian Dolzani. “If I Don't Speak A Word...” is the title of a new collection of songs that Dolzani has been crafting about his personal stories.
 
The album begins with the lyrical “Older Now” as he explains his words of wisdom. The twelve-song release is more about the words than the music as Dolzani’s vocals on “Whether or Not” remind us of an earlier version of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, before feedback became Neil Young's power chord. The songs that strike the most interest are the mostly acoustic storytelling of “Before Goodnight” and “Broken.” The album finishes up with the inner search for love in “Autumn In Central Park” and how to deal with love in “I’m Sorry Now.”
 
Brian Dolzani has a handful of dates scattered throughout the year, including a couple of shows in Connecticut. He will be performing March 28 at the Acoustic Café in Bridgeport, CT and on May 21 at Café Nine opening for James McCartney. For more information about Brian Dolzani’s new album, please visit briandolzani.com.

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