Monday, September 14, 2009

Review -- DAVE STANLEY BAND -- Self-Titled

SELF-TITLED
Dave Stanley Band
Independent
7-out-of-10
The David Stanley Band comes to the music world from Surrey. B.C., not exactly mainstream music Canada, but you know these guys might just help change that view.
Now I will admit the band scored some pre-listen points with me when I was looking at the song list on the CD cover and noted the first song was entitled Bobby Orr. Come on, how can you not love a band that does a song about the guy who single-handedly changed how defence was played in hockey.
So how is the song Bobby Orr?
Well, I absolutely love how the song starts with a sort of echoing intro, and the story of the song resonates nicely, because so much of the imagery of the song is what I grew up through as a kid of 10 to 15. When a song takes you back, it tends to hit a chord, and this one does that. I love this song.
That is not to say every song here hits for me. In fact the high of Bobby Orr slipped away pretty quickly with the second song When I Get Sober, a song that vocally just missed for me. It's like lead singer Dave Stanley tries a bit too hard to get down and growly with this one.
That is the juxtaposition of this CD. At its best the music catches you, and makes you feel. At it's worst it comes across a bit hollow.
Certainly the band gets back into the groove better on song three with Lights Out, and Hallelujah is solid as well.
In the end, there is good stuff here, but it's a bit like a lot of Saskatchewan highways these days. The pavement is fine, if you can maneuverer around the occasional hole in the road.
This is in the end a CD worth listening too. There is enough here to be generally a pleasing effort.
Check it out at www.myspace.com/davidstanley
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 26, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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