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  posted on 2/19/2006 at 02:23 PM
Here is a thread we can compile all of our Sonlines discussion and reviews in.... Let's keep this as just fan reviews (no articles)... what songs are your favs... biggest surprises... overall production... anything YOU feel about the new album...

I make myself listen to an album 3 times before I give it my official review and I have one more full listen to give before I commit my thoughts to the thread...

Have at it...

[Edited on 2/19/2006 by rosshmusic]

 

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  posted on 2/19/2006 at 05:43 PM
My short and scattered review: First of all the more I listen to it, the better it gets. I think its just that kind of album. Okay, volunteered slavery was badass as an intro song. Thought the vocals were fantastic as they tried to keep it more to the original version of that song (gotta love the "oh!", very similiar to the original). Another standout was Crow Jane and mikes vocals on that, really awesome how he gets the low register towards the end. My favorite on the album by far was Sahib Teri Bandi/Maki Madni for many obvious reasons. Sailing on has a groove that i cant get out of my head and i love the production on this song in particular. Revolution is my least favorite song on the album...and i love it to death. Sort of a departure from the norms of the dtb, but it has alot of radio potential and possible vh1 potential, and it can bring alot of people onto the dtb. Id rather be blind, crippled, and crazy's solo from dobro into electric really took me by suprise, but i loved it. This sky closing the album was perfect. Really emotionally song. They really did a fantastic job on recording dereks guitar this album, closest sound on his albums to his live tone. Great production overall too, very tasteful. Anyone hearing the danelectro on Mahjoun?

 

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  posted on 2/19/2006 at 06:44 PM
Good idea Ross. I posted this on another thread in Anything Goes; it sums up my first impressions of the sounds that radiated out of my speakers.

My wife phoned me today to tell me that Songlines was waiting for me at home. The drive home seemed to take forever. As soon as I got in, I popped in the pristine CD, and off I went. Overall, I would say this will be the bands best selling CD. You can absolutely see that the band and/or Columbia were looking for a big success. The sound is very polished. For those that are used to the live media that circulates around the net, Songlines is a little different. This CD is the first band CD that captures the entire band in a balanced way. The other studio CDs focused around Derek’s performance. Kofi does have his moments on Soul Serenade though. Songlines is a CD that should set the tone for the future of the band. Personally, I have been so used to the sound that Derek produced in the past that this CD was an eye opener.

The Dobro playing on Chevrolet reminded me of Jerry Douglous.

If Songlines is the turning point for Derek and the band, I wonder what the next CD will be like. This CD is a far cry from Soul Serenade and Joyful Noise.



[Edited on 2/19/2006 by mulelouisville]

 

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  posted on 2/19/2006 at 08:14 PM
Where to start? The excitement grew when I first saw that someone got there's in the mail, then I realized that mine was sitting in the box, as I rushed to get it. I first opened the package containing the signed booklet, it was very interesting to actually know that they actually signed it , you can tell just from the shine of the sharpie they used.

For someone who's been listening to Live Derek for three years straight, the studio sense of the album blew me away. One of the first songs that really grabbed my attention is "I'll find my way" which was when I first downloaded one of their shows. I like the original version they did until around June 2005, and I enjoy the album version that much more. Honestly the tune that could tell the story of me. The emotion they put into the cd makes this one a much more emotional piece of work. To tell you the truth, I wasn't a fan of Crow Jane when I started hearing their live version. Hearing the version on this album turned it into a new song, at least for me. Sahib Teri Band/Maki Madni is by far the most exotic song on the market, spicey as ever. The acoustic Chevrolet threw me off at first, but was a great touch for the album, brings out Derek's Delta Blues style.

I first heard Sailin' on from the Relix CD. I had to listen to it about 10 times to start to like it. This was the first song that I obviously got to hear. I thought the synthetic flute at about 1 minute was wierd at first, and that vocals were over produced on this one, but the melody is really great, and they play this song excellent live. Revolution is just a rockin song, I love it. I'd Rather be Blind Crippled & Crazy sounds much better now on the studio version, the melody, the whistle in the begining, funky keys, just sound refreshing. All I do sounds great, I love both versions too. This song along with I'll Find my Way was another song that grabbed me. I'm happy with the change as it did sound straight from Stevie Wonder, now it's their own song. Mahjoun is a classic, blends a lot of their cultured influences. When I hear I Wish I Knew, it makes me want to clap along, it's that kind of song, very moving.

This Sky, as you all know hits the top of the emotion scale. WOW! I'll leave it at that. I enjoyed reading through the booklet, and looking through the great pictures. This band is on it's way!

 

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  posted on 2/19/2006 at 11:30 PM
I am going to make just one brief comment. The brilliant musicianship and almost holy guitar playing goes without saying. But the band made a really good move getting Mike Mattison as permanent singer. He is a great versatile vocalist and adds a hell of a lot to these songs. There is not one song that I don't love.

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  posted on 2/19/2006 at 11:57 PM
i loved everything on this album with the only exception being revolution. it just seemed like such an obvious attempt at a radio hit, which did not mix well with the album's eclectic nature.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 12:49 AM
A few negative things first, even though they are vastly outweighed by the positives...

I feel a good number of the songs suffer from over-production, as in things done simply because they could be in the studio. Perhaps its just because those sounds in the context of DTB are new to my ears, but do you really need that dumb lo-fi effect on Mike's voice on "Sailing On"? And does the guitar (lead instrument) need to be hard-panned to just one channel? Secondly, I thought there could have been a lot more of Derek. I know they didn't want to make a "guitar" album, but the featured player (and the band's namesake) didn't take any more of a prominent musician. At times it seemed like the percussion was more prominent than guitar (Mahjoun, for instance). I also felt like they used the latin percussion more than they needed to and it really makes a lot of the songs harder to differentiate.

Those things said, I really do like the album. It's a big step forward for the band, they tried some different things, and thats cool and the gang. Mike's singing is probably the best part of the album, and the best I've heard in a long time. But, for me, the essence of this band is its live performances. When the novelty of this album wears off, will I listen to this or a good audience recording of a show? I tend to think the latter. Oh...and I liked Revolution.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 05:18 AM
manatwo, I like your insight. It is always nice to see a good analysis.

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but do you really need that dumb lo-fi effect on Mike's voice on "Sailing On"?


I agree

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At times it seemed like the percussion was more prominent than guitar


This was the biggest shocker.


 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 09:19 AM
love the intro. for as muc hof a kick ass song "volunteered slavery" is on georgia theatre, i think i like this version better.

i've always been luke warm on sahib terri bandi, but now i love it after listening to the studio version.

this sky may be one of the most beautiful songs ever written. we all knew they could play. did we expect that they could write this well? this sky is on my top 10 favorite songs of all time. i really can't get over it yet.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 09:20 AM
btw,

doesn't the intro to this sky remind you of the beginning of "high falls" at first?

 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 09:50 AM
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At times it seemed like the percussion was more prominent than guitar (Mahjoun, for instance).


Well, I didn't preorder, so I'll get mine this week sometime. But as for the percussion in Mahjoun, I saw that live once, an it featured guitar, flute, and four people playing percussion, so I would expect your above comment to be true for that song, at least.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 10:23 AM
I'm still waiting for mine to come in the mail. Maybe it would help if I order it.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 11:34 AM
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doesn't the intro to this sky remind you of the beginning of "high falls" at first?


yes

 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 11:49 AM
I got my signed booklet today in the mail. No CD though. IS this what happened with you guys? When will the CD come?

 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 11:52 AM
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I got my signed booklet today in the mail. No CD though. IS this what happened with you guys? When will the CD come?
well there shouldn't be any mail today ahould there...? (as its presidents day - I know my kids have off school)...

the CD and the signed booklet were shipped seprerately...

[Edited on 2/20/2006 by rosshmusic]

 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 12:18 PM
Reminds me of Seinfeld delivering Newman's mail and a shopkeeper saying"hmmm, Sunday delivery, eh"?
 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 02:27 PM


Does yours look like mine?

 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 02:34 PM
Question, at the end of I wish I knew, is that Derek son Charlie speaking?

 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 04:16 PM
That would be my guess, Mike, although that particular person speaking goes uncredited...

 

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  posted on 2/20/2006 at 05:51 PM
ABBstillrockin04, you let the cat out of the bag. No more surprises. Notice that Mike's signature is at the top of the cover. Soon they will be renaming the band to The Mike Mattison Band. I can see it happening.

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  posted on 2/21/2006 at 07:20 PM
My first impression is that the vocals don't sound like Mike.

Too compressed reverbed and other wierd eq effects.

other than that it is a really fine record.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2006 at 09:02 PM
First off, I just want to say that I think the new album is phenominal. I was really blown away and I love the new songs. I really like the changes to I'll Find My Way. Crow Jane was very nasty, as always. Sailin' On and Revolution took some getting used to, but I like them. This Sky is beyond words.

The only complaint I have is that they changed All I Do. I loved the live version they were playing last year that seemed to have a little more energy and urgency. I was looking forward to that song more than any other on the album, and I was kind of shocked to hear this new version.

 

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  posted on 2/22/2006 at 01:38 AM
I made myself listen to it a couple of times before posting. Very good idea, Ross. And since this album came with partial lyrics, can I say it's time to update your page?

This album was produced instead of just recorded like a show, and I'm glad the band took advantage of the fact that the studio is a different animal. The performances are great, and so are most of the songs. I'm not nuts about Sailing On, though it's nice, and Revolution is what it is - a bone to Sony and a decent, kinda trite song. It's just not really a Derek Trucks Band song. The fact that they're not playing it live says enough, doesn't it? My other complaint about the album would be Derek's tone. I think it sounds a little weird, kind of skinny and distorted instead of the full, rich sound he gets live. It bugged me at first, but it's not such a huge difference that it wrecks anything.

That's everything bad I can think of. The performances of the songs are great - I think this album has my favorite takes on Crow Jane, Chevrolet and This Sky, at least. Mike sounds outstanding. I've loved the new version of I'll Find My Way since I first heard it. I'm glad they were willing to revisit these songs and look for ways to change them, and it seems to have paid off in changes to other songs not on the album as well.

I love the Dobro on Chevrolet - I think it actually sounds funkier this way, and it's a nice, unusual combination of instruments. But the real grand slams on the album, to me, are the last two tracks. I Wish I Knew has become THE dTb song, for me, a combination of lyrics and sound that's just perfect and incredibly expressive. And this version of This Sky reaches the same plane.

 

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  posted on 2/22/2006 at 08:32 AM
I've been diggin "Songlines"!
It is growing on me EVERY time that I listen to it!

I think there are some really great songs on the cd.....& I love having a new dTb studio cd!
The choices of the songs for "Songlines" seem to flow throughout the cd like it's telling a story!(More so than other dTb cds of the past!)
I would've loved to have seen an "Everything is Everything" or a "Hook & Sling"on the cd,though!
I do think that Derek's & Kofi's tone was controlled a little too much by being in the studio!(Although it is very clear...it's just different!)
Mike's vocals are exceptionally great on "Crow Jane"....
Would've loved for "Volunteered Slavery" to run a little bit longer....
Loved the slowed down dobro groovin version of "Chevrolet"!
And I LOVE "Majoun"!(it always reminds me of going on a personal journey or a "vision quest"!)


I do love "Songlines".....but it is somewhat different vs. the live sound!
What can I say?
I LOVE the rawness of a dTb live experience!

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  posted on 2/22/2006 at 09:56 AM
Each time I listen to Songlines, something else jumps out at me.

This morning I was listening and the Revolution tune made me think of Lenny Kravitz. Don't know why, I'm not very familiar with his music. *laugh*

 

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