ARTIST - THE WORKERS
ALBUM - THEATRE OF THE
ALBUM - THEATRE OF THE DISTRAUGHT
Indie - College - Alternative Rock
Stripes, Blind Melon
Amazing vocal delivery, solid vibe
The Ugly Feels like an EP
Genre: Indie - College - Alternative Rock
Sounds like: White Stripes, Blind Melon
The Good Amazing vocal delivery, solid vibe
The Bad Too Short
The Ugly Feels like an EP
The Band5 out of 5
The Music5 out of 5
The Songs5 out of 5
The Vibe 5 out of 5
The Production 3 out of 5
The Verdict 4 out of 5
The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from The Workers featuring Dan Greenwald entitled Theatre of the Distraught. Turns out Greenwald & company come to us from Bronxville, NY. CD was released in early 2010.
The band Greenwald plays guitar & sings. Other members include Rich Santiago, Glenn Owens, Jim Mussen, Mike Leslie. The playing abilities of The Workers is pretty solid across the board. I would say they possess intermediate playing abilities & above average writing abilities. Timing seems to be spot on within the indie-alternative rock grooves. Greenwald’s voice is amazing, as he delivers many solid vocal performances that match the indie style of music perfectly. I would say his vocal performances & musical personality are the strong suit of this CD. The music Upbeat, funny, interesting, thought provoking, zany, neurotic, & highly original. Musical textures reminiscent of Blind Melon, The White Stripes, President of the United States of America – anything indie & fun. If you like those kinds of artists you will no doubt get a kick out of this CD. The songs Above average songs - even flirting with brilliant. Very simple yet effective, conservative, highly original, raw & powerful. It strikes the prefect balance between alternative & just a dash of punk. Greenwald is clearly being himself as a songwriter & this is what comes out of the other end. My favorite songs on the CD are “Aggression” & “Cats Eyes” The vibe Great vibe. Perfect for late night college parties, coffeehouses, or even magazine shops. The production delivers a lot of musical variety with the 4 piece line-up. You will also notice many interesting sound effects & even percussion layered within the music as well. Honorable mentions go out to Greenwald & company for not being afraid to let it all hang out musically. Greenwald is not trying to be some popish artist striving for mass appeal – he’s just being himself. Other positive aspects of the production include rock solid mix that hits home. The CD refuses to try to hard – that’s what makes it so amazing The good Very likeable, marketable record – amazing songs, fun to listen to. The bad 3-4 more songs are needed to seal the deal for the 5th star. The ugly It just feels like an EP to me – too short.
The verdict Theatre of the Distraught by Dan Greenwald & The Workers is a rock solid CD. The songwriting is clearly above average. The production gets it’s point across. Again the most amazing thing about this CD is Greenwalds vocal persona & performances. He’s got the vocal mojo & is an amazing composer. Fans of carefree Punk, Alternative-College Rock will love this CD no doubt.
Indieshark Music Critic
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