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Troubadour Dali
Let's Make It Right
Euclid Records


My first introduction to Troubadour Dali was in a small, dark venue filled with probably about one hundred people. But it wasn't the cascading colored lights that grabbed my attention; rather, it was the solid rock that transcended generations and genres.

After months of patiently awaiting their new album, Let's Make It Right was finally released. There are nine songs and while each may feed their sound into the next, that doesn't take away from the fact that the album as a whole is fantastic. Thanks to a teaser CD, I was able to fall in love with "Pale Glow" a bit earlier than the release. Vocals are hauntingly smooth as they lay atop a guitar twang reminiscent of a Western sunset. A hint of reverb echoes everything back through your speakers effortlessly.

"Let's Make It Right" holds the title slot at #3. This time Casey Bazzell's harmonies create a delicate journey through clouds of soft guitar chords and it's Ben Hinn's lead vocals that, when mixed together, seem to be so calming you'd swear it was written as a lullaby. Most of the song is composed of progressions set on repeat, but it's the simplicity that just seems to make sense. A favorite of mine on the album is easily "The Fall". A waterfall of notes both vocal and electronic eventually lead to a chorus so powerful it's almost anthemic. This is a complete harmonic experience; all the notes seem to be made to go together. After a bit there's an electric guitar that pulls out each note and it echoes around as though its reverb was straight out of the 1980s. These echoes are cemented by a sequence of percussion so quick one would think it's calling a ceremonial dance. This song is one that will wear the printing on that repeat button down.

Sitting on the album with the longest title is the song "The Prickly Fingers Of Sante Muerte". Multiple guitars make their presence known on this track. It's this choir of vibrating strings that gives the selection its strength. Some of them build a strong base of riffs off which the lead notes take intensity to a new level. Sure, on stage it could seem like chaos, but that's the beauty of this song. It's chaos in its purest rock form.

There's really no band I can think of that i could compare this group to; at least no active band. And that is a good thing. This is definitely the right addition for anyone needing a new brand of rock in their musical library.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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