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Sunday 23 October 2022

Dan Israel - Seriously


Dan Israel is back and sounding as great as ever. After the massive buzz around 2019's Social Media Anxiety Disorder, Seriously has a lot to live up to for the Minneapolis Singer Songwriter. Fortunately, as part of a crack quartet, Israel manages this and more.

This is a big sounding, beautifully produced affair that does justice to Israel's expertise with a tune. It is a little more mainstream Rock than we default to on here, but that in no way suggests a lack of big choruses and hooks.

Israel's drawl is Petty-esque at times, but also lends it self splendidly to many directions.  Taking The Fall is wonderful Acoustic Americana, yet the title track blasts out of the blocks, built on a riff that you know is gonna explode and so it does with style.

I'm In New York is in Ian Hunter territory in style and there really aren't enough Harmonica intros these days. I Quit edges somewhere between Rock and Roll and Country Rock and races along jauntily in complete contrast to the sentiment of the lyrics and adds a paint stripper of a Guitar Solo.

The Hang Of It has one hell of a twang and Set Each Other Free is a great male / female duet. Happy For Now opens the album with a Twanging Joy. Seriously is a heady mix of Country Rock, Folk and more Mainstream Classic Rock that works brilliantly.

You can listen to and buy the album here.


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