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Stranger to Me Now
Genres: Country, Pop
Draw a line beginning with early rock & roll pioneers like Buddy Holly and Ricky Nelson, continue through the sweet pop sentiments of the '60s, veer into the country inspirations and roots rock of the '70s and '80s (think ... more »
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Draw a line beginning with early rock & roll pioneers like Buddy Holly and Ricky Nelson, continue through the sweet pop sentiments of the '60s, veer into the country inspirations and roots rock of the '70s and '80s (think Gram Parsons, Bruce Springsteen), and you'll end up pointing directly at Monte Warden. A Stranger to Me Now, his Asylum debut, showcases these influences in a country-rock amalgam that's at once an homage to his heroes and at the same time wholly original and contemporary. With expressive songwriting and vocals that always carry just the right punch (the whisper soft "Just to Hear Your Voice" is an achingly vivid depiction of heartbreak, while good times don't get much better than with "Madeline"), Warden won't be a stranger for long. --Alexandra Russell
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(1 out of 5 stars)
"I thought Monte's "Wagoneers" recordings and debut CD were flooring. Uptempo, killer material. The second CD started dragging a bit, but still very good. This one was a big disappointment. I like his uptempo tunes, this is filled with somber, dragging, whispered songs...I found it very wimpy sounding & depressing. Maybe someone in that frame of mind will appreciate it though...I liked his uptempo root rock tunes.I recommend his debut CD direction, it made many new fans & I heard it on the radio constantly, this CD got minimal airplay if any. Maybe that's why it's available used or on eBay for $3."
Leslie Lees | New York City | 06/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I discovered this album via Amazon's recommendation feature and bought it out of curiosity. What a discovery. The album is certainly my favourite of recent years. Beautiful songs and arrangements; incredible melody lines and instrumental playing and wonderful singing. I am now a devoted fan, and have been pressing all my friends to buy this album too.The depth of feeling is remarkable in these songs. I now want to visit Austin to check out the music scene.My favourite songs are I Take Your Love and Another Try, although the new version of Just To Hear Your Voice is incredibly haunting. Monte deserves to break through into the big time."
Monte Warden won't be a stranger for long!
Leslie Lees | 02/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Monte Warden has got to be country music's best kept secret. I have known Monte personally since the mid 80's and while none of his projects have ever disappointed me, I have to say this is his best work ever! He's come a long way and with this project he deserves to make his mark in the music world. Every song is fantastic but I must say the re-worked "Just To Hear Your Voice" is phenomenal. There is so much feeling in this song. If you ever get the chance to see Monte live DON'T MISS IT! Not only is he a vocalist in the truest sense of the word, he is a class "A" performer and has a knack for surrounding himself with top notch musicians. This project is an absolute must for all Monte Warden fans. If you haven't listened to him yet now is a great time to start!"