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The Hard Way
Genres: Pop, Rock
Hailing from Alabama, Owsley has been nurturing and honing his own unique and virally-infectious melodies for some time. His debut album Owsley received huge praise from the media. People Magazine heralded him "poised for ... more »
Hailing from Alabama, Owsley has been nurturing and honing his own unique and virally-infectious melodies for some time. His debut album Owsley received huge praise from the media. People Magazine heralded him "poised for overnight success," while Rolling Stone trumpeted "Beatle-esque balladry and magnetic pop hooks." His latest release "The Hard Way" continues his road to perfection. Sultry love songs rub against the hookiest pop south of Canada. Check out why his legion of fans are growing by the minute. This is a true masterpeice of pop craftsmanship.
Band Members: Will Owsley-Electric guitars on all songs, acoustic guitar on track 3 and 8, piano on track 6 and 7, pass guitar on track 5, 6 and 8, vocals and background vocals on all songs Chris McHugh-Drums and percussion on all songs Michael Rhodes-Bass guitar on track 3,9 and 10 Jimmie Lee Sloas-Bass guitar on track 1 and 7 Millard Powers-Bass guitar on track 4 Jonathon Hamby-all Hammond B3 organ, piano on track 4, Chamberlin strings on track 5 and synthesizer on track 9 Keith Thomas-Strings on track 1 and 6 John Painter-Chamberlin strings on track 2 Gordon Kennedy-Electric guitar and background vocals on track 7 Tom Bukovac-Electric and acoustic guitar on track 1, bass guitar on track 2 Rebecca Walker-Background vocals on track 10 Simon Petty-Harmonica on track 8 (Appears courtesy of Foodchain Records) James Michael-Vocal production on track 8
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A MAJOR Disappointment
Donald R. Dobrez Jr. | St. Charles, IL United States | 03/03/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was so excited when I searched through Amazon and discovered that Owsley had a new album out. The first one, the brillant self titled debut "Owsley", was easily my favorite CD of last year (the year in which I discovered it). Wonderful pop hooks, great melodies, chill-inducing bridges. I was looking forward to many years of great CD releases. But when I popped this CD into the player, I swear I thought that the wrong CD had been hidden in the case. This sounded NOTHING at all like the first CD. Gone were the great melodies, the catchy hooks, the wonderful sounds. Instead, a generic, guitar-heavy rotation of bland songs that sound nondescript and could easily be from any other alternative/new rock artist. Even his voice sounds dramtically different. As Simon of American Idol would say, it is as if he was "affected" since the last album, i.e., someone told him to sound more like everything else that gets played on New Rock stations. THAT is a major shame. The album does redeem itself near the end, when Owsley's vocals and hooks start to return. But by that time it is all ready too late to save the CD. Please Will, go back to what made you great in the first album. And for those who have never experienced Will Owsley, skip this release and start with his debut."
Acronychal | Nashville, TN | 09/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to disagree with most of the reviews for this album. First of all, having worked as an engineer with Will personally, I can attest that he needs little, if any, pitch correction as mentioned in another review. He's a fantastic writer and musician, a cool person to talk to, energetic, and always in pursuit of more fans. I, as many, didn't hear of Owsley's solo efforts until the release of "The Hard Way," and find it in addition to his debut release to be pop masterpieces. Less Beatle-esque, and more radio friendly as far as the general public and new listeners are concerned. Most people aren't looking for Beatles reincarnates when searching for great music, and neither am I. This record, as mentioned in other reviews, is far more melodic, and somewhat reminiscent of many of your favorite songs, making it easily and quickly lovable. I am personally a huge fan of Owsley and have introduced his music to many others and continue to do so. Buy this album, accept it for it's wholesomeness, and you will be his next #1."
Solid Pervasive Powerpop
Lance | 07/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This record has repeatedly made me late--when it's on, I want to listen & absorb it all. Bad for me, but in a good way. It doesn't help that the last (official) track, Rainy Day People, is my favorite on the record, melding perfectly from the song before it. I adore Abbey Road, so maybe that's why I can't get enough of the last part of the record: The Hard Way, Dirty Bird, Rain Day People, and the hidden & accurate McCartney homage, Band on the Run.
The first half of the record is heartfelt and honest. "Matriarch" is an especially touching song of mourning. But my vote, if you're going over the music samples, is to check out the end. Especially if you like later Beatles.
( ..and, if you get the chance, see him live! This is a studio album, but every tune sounded amazing in concert. As testimony to the him and the guys he toured with, they successfully covered Steely Dan. That's no easy feat.)"