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This review is from: Opaline (Audio CD)
When I first came across this album, I was really impressed with the reviews that people had given. Nearly everyone on amazon had given it 5 stars and I was just discovering this side of chilled out rock music, so I thought "why not?" and bought it. It was a defining moment in my CD collection...
I'd not heard any Dishwalla music before, and quite frankly I'm beginning to wonder how that was possible. This is a quality record, smooth, atmospheric and melodically sound. Right from the opening almost Middle Eastern sounding drum beats of 'Opaline', through the emotion packed 'Somewhere In The Middle' to the solemn piano riff at the beginning of 'Candleburn' finishing up with the distinct clarity of 'Drawn Out' which has the same effect as a gorgeous sunset in the ending of this album, there isn't a weak link in the chain here.
This is one of the most complete albums I think I'll ever listen to. Every song has it's own character and it's own little space on the album. I did wonder if I'd bought the right album when I first heard 'Opaline', the title track, but as soon as the opening chords of Angels Or Devils came on I knew this album was a winner. I've never tired of listening to this album at all in the 6 months I've owned it. It's a wonderful way to wind down after a hard days work. There are the more upbeat songs, 'Angels Or Devils', 'Somewhere In The Middle' and 'Mad Life', but blended in beautifully with the less driven songs like 'Nashville Skyline' and 'When Morning Comes'.
I'd recommend their other studio album "And You Think You Know What Life's About", which is rather more rock based than this slice of sheer music genius. It's going to be rather interesting to see how Dishwalla's next album turns out though, they're going to be hard pushed to try and out do themselves on this effort.
The stand out song on here for me has to be 'Somewhere In The Middle'. It's one of those spine tingling songs. The clarity of the singer's voice, the richness of the complete sound, it creates images in your mind of beautiful landscapes... I've never quite experienced intense music like this. It really does take your breath away.