CD REVIEW: Marshall Dane - One of These Days
by: Cyrus Rhodes
"Dane is rock solid"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Modern Country, R&B, Rocked-out Blues, Pop.
Weakness: A few Short Sided Songs, A few winded Songs
Marshall Dane - launched in May 2013, in time for last year’s CMAO Awards – for which he was nominated in several categories including Male Artist and Album Of The Year – and featuring the single and title track, “One Of These Days”, Canadian Country Artist Marshall Dane’s latest album puts life back in to the swing of things, driven by a swirling blast of fabulous melodies that gives you a country rush right from the get-go. “One Of These Days’ is about how I deal with the curves life throws,” says Marshall. “It’s not really about where I’ve been but more so about where I am now…where I wanna go…and how I’m gonna get there, wherever ‘there’ is.“
The CD takes flight with “Take you Home to Mama” an upbeat, rocked-out guitar groove that serves up driving rock rhythm against slamming Saloon style Piano, impressive fretwork and well placed vocals from Dane. Track 2 “I’ll Be Your Whiskey” shifts gears a bit with its methodical musical build eventually lending itself into an impressive ballad that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “I’ll Get to You” keeps thing moving in the right direction with its steady flowing rhythm, hooky chorus, and amazing finale. The CD makes a great first impression dashing out 3 solid tracks in a row. I would classify this music as modern country rock with a side of Pop and R&B. Along the way you will notice impressive instrumentation with things like impressive solo guitar, Rockabilly style guitar, Banjo, Organ, well placed harmonies all built upon a solid rhythm section to boot. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Now turning our attention over to Dane as for his vocal abilities, his voice works extremely well within the confines of this catalogue. He’s got a good rugged look, a great name and knows how to sit deep within the pocket and sing a song with amazing fluidity. His voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively with an infectious jagged edge. He's got a good vibrato and impressive timbre. The Songwriting is world class, harmonies and melodies are well placed and well crafted. . All the Engineering aspects are in check (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) as the CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. The Musicianship is world class and delivers everything you would expect from a Top-Tiered Country Production. The music reminds me of a combination between Keith Urban and Lonestar. Other comparables for me are Phil Vassar, Mark Wills and Joe Nichols. All songs are well crafted and consistent across the board. From grooving “Stay Up Late” to “Living It Up” to heartfelt “Not Today” to the impassioned “How Do I get There From Her” to rocking “Alcohol Abuse” to melodic title track this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Forever Girl” the perfect finale statement for an CD like this.
All songs under 3 minutes feel like incomplete statements to me. All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.
From start to finish “One of These Days” is an impressive musical release from Marshall Dane. The music is grooving, upbeat and entertaining. The songwriting – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. The writing, playing and singing abilities of Marshall Dane and his band are rock solid. The artistic presence from Dane is impressive and his overall persona is something many folks (especially females) should gravitate towards.