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Mannerisms Magnified -
by Dale Turner
Song from the CD Mannerisms Magnified by Dale Turner
This artist would not allow us to post stream media files so you are stuck listening to lo-fi samples from CD Baby.
Brian on the Brain /
Bad Seed /
Sooner or Later You'll Hate Her /
Hiding Place /
Morality Rule /
Five Things /
Civil Lies /
Exit Wound /
Solace Song /
CD Title Mannerisms Magnified
Artist Name Dale Turner
Reviewed by Charlie Harrelson-Founder of EVOR
Dale Turner is vocally one of this decades finest singers. Personally, I hear a lot of Chris Collins ( Dream Theater ) and Todd Rundgren ( Utopia ) influence in his vocals. Not to mention the obvious tributes to Brian Wilson throughout the release.
Turner draws influences from a wide range of great artists from Brian Wilson to Jeff Buckley. His guitar inspirations included such greats as Steve Morse, Tommy Emmanuel, John Frusciante, Ani DiFranco, Ty Tabor, Andrew York, Jimi Hendrix, and Jeff Beck.
In the Studio:
Musicially, Dale is not mainstream pop or rock but he barrows from both. Case and point 'Morality Rule'. This song is bordering on the lunitic fringe. It's almost like Utopia meets 10 CC with a flare of Zappa for good measure. The song featured rhythms and vocal harmonys that many of todays best vocalists would not dare tread. This guy is fearless!
Then he follows this wild ride with 'Five Things' a lovely simple accoustic piece that brings the listeners back to earth after 'Morality Rule'.
Dale understands quailty song craftsmanship and he plays and sings everything on this release.
That is both positive and negative. Positive because Dale gets total control of every instrument. Negative, for the same reason.
When Roger Waters recorded the demos for 'The Wall' the producer and the other band members agreed that Water's demo was total garbage.
That every song sounded like the one before. It was as if the demo was a 2 hour run on sentence.
It took all the band and their reluctance plus producer Bob Ezrin to take these demos and make (arguably) one of rocks greatest albums.
The idea that Pink Floyd would barrow a disco beat to become the basis for 'The Wall Part II' would have never happened if the band didn't welcome new ideas.
This CD is missing that collective thought process. It sounds as if one person had total control. Granted, Dale does a great job of playing every instrument
but the CD lacked the excitement of a group vision. A great example is song #11 'Exit Wound'.
Having an accomplished drummer could have made that complicated beat into something extraordinary. The song was very interesting as it was recorded but getting input from a quality drummer might have taken this song from interesting to incredible.
The former West Coast Editor (1996-2007) of the now defunct Guitar One magazine, in addition to working as a performing/recording musician and producing engineer, Dale Turner is an instructor at Hollywood’s Musician’s Institute where he teaches Jimi Hendrix-style rhythm guitar improvisation, music theory/ear training, sight-reading, and rhythmic independence for the singing guitarist. He is also the author of 50+ instructional books/transcription folios (his latest being Power Plucking - A Rocker’s Guide to Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar). Dale also writes a monthly acoustic guitar column for Guitar World magazine.
Reading his bio helped understand his focus. He went from speed metal guitarist to acoustic guitarist because of his difficulty bending strings due to carpel tunnel syndrome. I suffered through carpel tunnel as well and begrudgingly put down the guitar until the issue was resolved. I was never the same player when I returned.
The CD starts off with a true Brian Wilson tribute 'Brian on the Brian' before getting into the meat of the music with track #2 '
Walk with Me'
a song that has this amazing vibe. While listening to this piece I was led me to believe that the song was about to explode at any minute but it
remained in control. The lack of guitar fireworks (big amps huge lead section) was unfortunate but the anticipation of said event made the song
come to life with anticipation.
I had hoped that this song was going to set the pace for the rest of the CD, but it did not. It was that rare song that comes along once in a while
and is near impossible to top. Give Dale credit for putting his best song at the beginning of the CD. Many independent artists don't follow that rule and find their CD in the trash pile before track 3.
After song 2 the CD suffered from a lacked of direction and bounced all over the place which I have to assume was the intended desire of the artist.
With winners like Bad Seed, Morality Rule and Exit Wound I could sit through some of the other less exciting tracks and after a second listen some of the lesser songs started to emerge as more desirable listens.
I do not have the CD liner notes close to me to give credit to the studio and any engineers involved. The CD was a first class recording. Every instrument
and every vocal expression came across with exceptional detail. Producing a CD with this much diversity involves a talented ear and an astute knowledge
of sound and space when recording. My hats off to everyone that turned a dial or suggested alternative mic placements. This production was one of the best
I have ever heard.
If you love vocal harmonies and musical dexterity that covers a wide range of styles and time signatures give
by Dale Turner a try. It may stay in your CD player for months.
This is a solid 4 stars out of 5.
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