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Old Dominion - happy endings [2017]
Großartiges, neues Album der aufstrebenden und unter den Countryfans ordentlich von sich Reden machenden Band aus Nashville/Tennessee, der abermals ein prächtiger Wurf in Sachen Mainstream Country mit dezentem Pop-Einschlag gelingt. Toller Gesang, hervorragende Melodien und ein höchst ansprechendes, musikalisches Niveau vereinen sich in 12 erstklassigen Tracks, die nahezu alle mit immensem Hit-Potential gesegnet sind. Stark!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

The band behind hits like "No Such Thing As A Broken Heart," “Break Up With Him” and “Song For Another Time” return with 12 track follow-up to “Meat And Candy.”
It has often been said that a band’s hardest album to make is their second album. The album after expectations have been placed based on markers established by their first album. While Happy Endings may have been hard to make for a band spinning plates between family obligations, tours, songwriting appointments and the very recording of the album, Old Dominion makes it all seem effortless. It’s not only a continuation of the formula from the Gold-certified debut Meat And Candy but also expanded on thanks to expansive melodies and sharper, more mature lyrical songs written by a band who knows who they are and what they’re good at.
With a dozen tracks, Happy Endings finds the narrator pleading with the woman of their dreams in “Be With Me” while the John Lennon-esque piano intro of “Shoe Shopping” gives away to some of the band’s trademark sing-song-y, wordy, lyrics with a great hook of “If you’re shoe shopping, why don’t you try me on for size.” This is the stuff great pop songs are made of. Strong harmonies drive the opening of “Not Everything’s About You” and that grounds the band’s southern roots and Milsap-80’s country/pop melodies while “Written In The Sand” seeks a declaration of a relationship, to see if it’s going the distance or if it’s going for speed (“Written in the stars baby or are we written in the sand”).
The melodies run deep on Happy Endings showcasing why Old Dominion has become one of the biggest bands in country music. And as proof, they serve up a twist with one of the most melodic, interesting songs on the album, “New York At Night.” The little curveball is that guitarist Brad Tursi is given the chance to be the lead vocalist instead of regular frontman Matthew Ramsey (The other members of the band consist of Geoff Sprung, Whit Sellers and Trever Rosen). "New York At Night" proves Brad Tursi’s a good lead vocalist too and he gives a Kings of Leon-like guitar solo for added measure. “A Girl Is A Gun” and “Hotel Key” both have lyrical moments that will leave you singing along while the live closer “Can’t Get You” gives folks some great insight to what makes the band so fun to see live.
Unbeknownst to fans who have only heard the radio hits is the fact that Old Dominion is quite adept at ballads and showcase as much on “So You Go,” a song about the feelings we all have gone through when you feel the ending of a relationship. “Still Writing Songs About You” is a second ballad on the project and it finds a guy who may be tangentially related to the guy in “So You Go” but this is a guy who is always inspired to write songs about the woman who owns his heart. It also feels like a cousin to “Song From Another Time.”
The mere fact that we haven’t talked about opening single “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart” is proof at how deep Happy Endings is. The band’s creativity and personality is evident in that song and the cover art of each of their three projects (This one being cross stitch). The “sophomore slump” is a very real thing in but it’s something Old Dominion needn’t worry about as they’ve successfully navigated a record with Happy Endings that suggests the band is not only here for a good time but they’re here for a long time.
(Matt Bjorke / Roughstock)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. No Such Thing as a Broken Heart - 2.56
2. Shoe Shopping - 3.41
3. Not Everything's About You - 3.54
4. Hotel Key - 2.46
5. Be with Me - 2.49
6. Written in the Sand - 3.04
7. So You Go - 2.46
8. Stars in the City (feat. Little Big Town) - 3.19
9. New York at Night - 3.34
10. A Girl Is a Gun - 2.54
11. Still Writing Songs About You - 3.35
12. Can't Get You - Live - 3.15

Art-Nr.: 9513
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Old Dominion - meat and candy [2015]
Starkes Debütalbum der Newcomer-Band Old Dominion, die mit "Break Up With Him" sofort einen Hit in den Billboard-Country-Singlecharts landete. Auch wenn der Bandname vermutlich bei den meisten Leuten zunächst Achselzucken auslösen wird, werden einige der Bandmitglieder so Manchem beim Studieren von New Country-Alben zumindest unbewusst schon das eine oder andere Mal über den Weg gelaufen sein, denn deren Frontmann Matthew Ramsey, Multiinstrumentalist Trevor Rosen und Gitarrist Brad Tursi haben bereits erfolgreich Stücke für keine geringeren Interpreten wie u. a. The Band Perry ("Chainsaw", "Better Dig Two"), Dierks Bentley ("Say You Do"), Chris Young ("Neon"), Craig Morgan ("Wake Up Lovin' You"), Tyler Farr ("A Guy Walks Into A Bar"), Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt oder die Randy Rogers Band kreiert. Zu den Dreien gesellen sich Whit Sellers am Schlagzeug und Geoff Sprung am Bass, als prominenter Gastspieler konnte sich Ilya Toshinsky noch an Banjo, Mandoline, Hi-String-, Resonator- und Akustikgitarre austoben. Beim Songwriting assistierten zum Teil Nashville-Größen wie Russ Copperman und Shane McAnally - letztgenannter hat ihr Major Erstlings-Werk "Meat And Candy" dann auch mit einem schön klaren, transparenten Sound produziert. Old Dominion haben sich dem klassischen, gut gemachten Mainstream Country verschrieben. Jedes Stück der insgesamt elf Tracks geht gut ins Ohr und weist erhebliches Hitpotential, sowohl in Richtung Country-, als auch der allgemeinen US-Billboard-Charts auf. Um die countrytypischen Feinheiten neben den durchaus prägnanten Gitarren aufzuspüren, muss man sehr aufmerksam zuhören. Die Songs haben ihr Fundament im Pop Rock, sind aber derartig schön und versiert eingespielt, dass man mit ihnen sofort "warm" wird. Nicht zuletzt auch ein Verdienst von Matthew Ramseys angenehmer, leicht rauchiger Stimme (Richtung James Otto, Pat Green ). Der Opener "Snapbac"“ bietet sofort rhythmischen Stoff für die heutige Jung-Generation, begleitet von euphorischen "Who-oh-oh"-Gesängen. Klasse hier das kurze E-Gitarren-Slide-Solo. Wunderbar instrumentiert ist das relaxte "Half Empty" (schöne Stratocaster- und E-Pianoklänge), bei dem Ramsey im Geiste neben einer Dame in der Bar metaphorisch sinniert, ob das Glas halb voll oder leer ist. Die Powerballade "Wrong Turns" enthält flapsige Synthie-Spielereien, aber auch tolle Heartland Twin-Gitarren. Herrlich das mega-cool groovende "Said Nobody", das zum Genießen kühler Drinks in der Bodega am abendlichen Palmenstrand einlädt. Ebenfalls gute Laune verbreitet auch das verspielte "Crazy Beautiful Sexy" und macht seinem Titel alle Ehre. Wunderbar eingängig auch das Piano-lastige, an Phil Vassar erinnernde "Nowhere Fast". Mit Handclaps rhythmisch unterlegt, nimmt einen vor allem der fröhliche Refrain von "Beer Can In A Truck Bed" gefangen. Klasse auch die E-Gitarrenbegleittöne inklusive des Solos. Der bereits zu Anfang erwähnte Hit "Break Up With Him" kombiniert hippen Sprechgesang in der Art eines Kip Moore mit melodischem Powerrefrain und starken E-Gitarren. Von einer angenehmen Akustikgitarre wird "Song For Another Time" eingeleitet und beendet, in dem so einige Hits vergangener Zeit wie "Browne-Eyed Girl", "Paradise City", "Candle In The Wind" etc. gewürdigt werden. Toll hier das heulende E-Gitarren-Solo. Das melodische und stark gesungene "Til It's Over" sowie das atmosphärische "We Got It Right" beenden ein harmonisches und sehr melodisches, instrumentell mit vielen Feinheiten erstklassig eingespieltes Gesamtwerk, das auf ganzer Linie überzeugt, sofern man die "Country-Fünf" auch "mal gerade sein" lassen kann. Auch das kunterbunt gestalte Cover Artwork mit den schrill kombinierten Süß- und Fleischköstlichkeiten, präsentiert von einer hübschen Dame passt da ins Schema. Zu Old Dominions "Meat And Candy" sollte bedenkenlos zugreifen, wer mit den letzten Sachen von Billy Currington, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett & Co., aber auch einem Blake Shelton und Keith Urban sehr leben konnte. Insgesamt richtig gut gemachter, sehr kompetenter, dieser Tage hoch angesagter Nashville-Stoff , der ganz sicher eine Menge Hits abwerfen wird. (Daniel Daus)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Snapback - 3.26
2. Half Empty - 2.50
3. Wrong Turns - 3.28
4. Said Nobody - 3.04
5. Crazy Beautiful Sexy - 3.08
6. Nowhere Fast - 3.08
7. Beer Can in a Truck Bed - 3.21
8. Break Up with Him - 3.27
9. Song for Another Time - 3.11
10. Til It's Over - 3.27
11. We Got It Right - 3.15

Art-Nr.: 9032
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Old Dominion - same [2019]
Drittes, schlicht Old Dominion betiteltes, sehr überzeugendes Album von einer der erfolgreichsten, aktuellen U.S.- Countrybands. Die Fans der Jungs aus Nashville dürfen sich freuen, denn Old Dominion führen ihren so erfolgreichen Sound der ersten beiden Alben gekonnt fort. Da macht es einfach richtig Laune zuzuhören. 12 großartige, ungemein melodische Tracks voller herrlicher Harmonien, sehr frisch, sehr sommerlich, luftig, mit einem Hauch von Westcoast-Feeling, wie es einst die Eagles versprühten. Bei diesen vielen Ohrwürmern werden wieder eine Menge Hits abfallen, wie etwa das flockige "Make it sweet", das umgehend wieder die Chartspitze erreicht hat. Bester Mainstream New Country und Country Pop, der qualitativ über jeden Zweifel erhaben ist. Old Dominion einmal mehr mit einer hervorragenden Vorstellung!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

Old Dominion continues to channel clever lyrics, modern production and positivity into their new self-titled album. Across 12 tracks, the CMA Award winning band of Matthew Ramsey, Brad Tursi, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung and Whit Sellers maintains their inspiring disposition while exploring deeper emotions.
The group puts an uplifting foot forward with the encouraging chart-topper “Make it Sweet” that opens their third studio project, leading into “Smooth Sailing,” a song that finds a silver lining in the midst of life’s obstacles as they optimistically sing, “come hell or high water/the sun’s gonna shine/might not be tomorrow/but I know I’m gonna find smooth sailing.” They share a similar sense of reflection on “One Man Band,” expressing a desire to no longer walk through life alone, longing to find someone to share the precious memories with.
Old Dominion begins to take on a more melancholy tone with “My Heart is a Bar,” the narrator coming to the revelation that he often feels taken advantage of in relationships, comparing his heart to a lonely bar where dwellers go to wash their woes away. “Well I’ve come to the conclusion/that true love is an illusion/you’re being used/or you’re using someone else,” Ramsey sings honestly. The five-member troupe continues to weave sorrow into creative lyricism on “Hear You Now,” injecting vulnerability into the main character who realizes that a past love’s prediction that he’ll end up alone should he not change his ways has come to fruition. They convey this sense of remorse through lyrics that portray the sound of pouring rain filling the silence, while the echo of “goodbye” rattles in his mind like a midnight train, finally hearing her words pierce “clear and loud” through the empty loneliness.
They follow this by stepping outside of their sonic realm with “I’ll Roll” that finds them whisking off on a journey around the world with a gypsy woman over a swampy, yet mellow melody. They connect to a similar soul on one of the album’s best numbers, “Paint the Grass Green.” Letting imaginative lyrics soar, the singers use vivid imagery to paint a picture of a woman who longs to venture beyond her comfort zone, the lyrics calling to mind the iconic scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy steps into a world of color for the first time after living in black and white. “If you think the world looks better on that side of the fence/I’ll paint the grass green/like a Technicolor dream/if our love is fading babe/I’ll brighten up the sea/I’ll paint the grass green,” Ramsey sings over a shimmering pop-style melody.
The album ends on a truly humble note with “Some People Do.” The quintet lets poignancy take center stage with a lead character who takes responsibility for the pain he’s caused in the past, conveying a sincere desire to rectify his mistakes. Between Ramsey’s plaintive delivery and his bandmates’ gentle harmonies, it’s one of their most personal songs yet, particularly through such introspection as “some people quit drinking too much/and some people quit lying/some people decide to grow up/but it’s never good timing/most wouldn’t forgive/what I put you through/but I’m here tonight/hoping some people do,” the haunting marriage of piano and cello driving home the emotion of the words, making for an intimate and moving way to close the album.
Throughout the self-titled project, Old Dominion show that they’re diving beneath the surface to a more reflective place, relying as much on thought-provoking subjects matters as clever lyrics to tell their story – a combination that draws fans to their distinct sound and bright spirit.
(John Balsom / Sound like Nashville)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Make It Sweet - 3:06
2. Smooth Sailing - 3:35
3. One Man Band - 3:06
4. Never Be Sorry - 3:25
5. My Heart Is a Bar - 3:59
6. Midnight Mess Around - 3:56
7. Do It With Me - 3:36
8. Hear You Now - 4:22
9. I'll Roll - 3:25
10. American Style - 2:48
11. Paint the Grass Green - 3:28
12. Some People Do - 3:14

Art-Nr.: 9916
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Old Dominion - time, tequila & therapy [2021]
Auch mit ihrem neuen Album "Time, Tequila & Therapy" gehen Old Dominion ihren eingeschlagenen Erfolgsweg weiter. Es gibt 13 großartige, neue Nummern, alle in dem typisch frischen Ambiente der Band, mit tollem Gesang, herrlichen Harmonies und wunderbaren,Melodien - gefällig, locker und auf einem absolut ansprechenden, musikalischen Niveau. Die Erfolgsstory der Band wird weitergehen und zu den bisherigen 8 Nr. 1-Songs, die die Band bisher ihr eigen nennen darf, werden mit diesem Album sicher noch der ein oder andere hinzukommen. Ihr neuester, hier enthaltener Hit, die wunderbare "Feel Good"-Countrynummer "I was on a boat that day" ist auf dem bestern Weg zur Chartspitze. Wieder eine klasse Leistung von Old Dominion! Feinster, ins Ohr gehender, lockerer Mainstream New Country und Country Pop, wie ihn die Fans der Band lieben.

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Since forming in 2007, Old Dominion has become one of country music’s biggest success stories. Today, the quintet released their fourth studio album, Time, Tequila, and Therapy, coming nearly two years since the release of their self-titled album, which featured hits such as “Make It Sweet” and “One Man Band.”
Produced by Shane McAnally and Old Dominion, Time, Tequila, and Therapy features thirteen new tracks, all co-written by the band with help from longtime collaborators, McAnally and Josh Osborne. The LP continues to show Old Dominion doing what they do best: writing and releasing catchy and harmonic country music.
Unlike many of their country contemporaries, Old Dominion has managed to find a sound that’s distinctively their own. From the opening notes to the toe-tapping choruses to the breezy instrumentation, there’s no doubting an Old Dominion song when you hear one, and this is apparent throughout this album. From “I Was On a Boat That Day” to “Blue Jeans” to “All I Know About Girls,” Time, Tequila, and Therapy is Old Dominion through and through.
Opening with “Why Are You Still Here?,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey finds himself pondering about a lost love on the breezy intro track. In the opener, the girl is gone but still haunting every aspect of someone’s life, as they muse, “If I lost you, then why are you still here?”
As songwriters before they were artists, all five members of Old Dominion contributed to each track on this album. This is apparent on the clever wordplay that weaves itself through every song on the LP. Two of the finest examples here are “All I Know About Girls,” “No Hard Feelings,” and “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with Love,” where interesting lyrical twists make them stand out. On “All I Know About Girls,” the band muses about how little they know about the opposite sex. “I’m a jack of all trades, and a master of none,” Rosen sings, before making his way to the lyrical plot twist. “All I know about girls is // I don’t know nothing at all.”
Meanwhile, “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with Love,” the album’s final track, finds the band musing about all of the reasons love hasn’t worked out for them. “Daddy had Mama // Johnny has June // Even that dish ran away with the spoon,” they sing. “So if there ain’t nothing wrong with love // Then it must be me.” Additionally, on “No Hard Feelings,” we discover the LP’s title, as the song opens with “I took a little time, tequila and therapy // And threw it in a blender with ice.”
Other highlights of the album are “Hawaii,” “Blue Jeans” and “Lonely Side of Town,” which couldn’t be more different from each other, yet all work oh-so-well. “Lonely Side of Town” shows the band trading vocals with the legendary Gladys Knight. On the soulful and bluesy ballad, Knight provides an absolutely unexpected, but delightful, treat, harmonizing perfectly with the band in a way that’s absolutely magical.
“Blue Jeans” is a catchy, snappy up-tempo that sounds musically similar to the George Michael classic “Faith,” and celebrates the moment you meet your perfect match. “I feel you like music // Pray for you like rain // Wait for you like Christmas // Count on you like change // I lost you like car keys // Then found you like faith,” They sing here. “You trip me like shoe strings // You fit me like blue jeans.” Meanwhile, “Hawaii” provides an aural vacation, which finds the band longing for the simpler days of a trip to the islands. “I wonder // why we // ever left Hawaii.”
The thing that makes Old Dominion great is that they are unapologetically themselves in all of their music. With a distinct sound that includes clever lyrics, snappy musicianship, and 5-part harmonies, everything Old Dominion does best is evident on Time, Tequila, and Therapy.
(Nicole Piering / Countryswag)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Why Are You Still Here - 2:52
2. Hawaii - 2:56
3. Walk On Whiskey - 3:09
4. All I Know About Girls - 2:44
5. Blue Jeans - 2:17
6. No Hard Feelings - 3:11
7. Lonely Side of Town (feat. Gladys Knight) - 4:09
8. I Was On a Boat That Day - 2:59
9. Drinking My Feelings - 3:29
10. Something's the Same About You - 3:21
11. I Wanna Live In a House With You Forever - 2:43
12. Don't Forget Me - 3:14
13. Ain't Nothing Wrong With Love - 2:54

Art-Nr.: 10412
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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