Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|John Mark Painter, Fleming McWilliams|
The Way We Are
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Christian
The Way We Are, the sophomore release by Nashville, Tennessee, pop-rockers Fleming and John shows that the quirky, infectious energy of their debut record, Delusions of Grandeur, was no fluke. In fact, The Way We Are is ev... more »
The Way We Are, the sophomore release by Nashville, Tennessee, pop-rockers Fleming and John shows that the quirky, infectious energy of their debut record, Delusions of Grandeur, was no fluke. In fact, The Way We Are is even grander, a gloriously overproduced pop epic. Vocalist Fleming McWilliams's voice soars from a waifish whisper to a Joplin-esque wail to operatic diva, often in the same song. Multi-instrumentalist John Painter assembles a dizzying palette of sounds, from buzzy, riff-heavy guitars to horns, accordion, Middle Eastern percussion, and theremin, which yields a general sense of weirdness--all set in a perfectly pop context--while the Love Sponge String Quartet add sonic depth and a Van Dyke Parks quality to several arrangements. The album gravitates to happy love songs, then to sad love songs, striking an emotional balance between contentment and melancholy with a sense of humor that never dips into sappiness. All this combines with impeccable pop-rock production for a record that is bottomless with potential hits. --Bradley S. Caviness
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Judith B. (butchpoodle) from EL SOBRANTE, CA
Reviewed on 2/10/2007...
Great CD - I especially love Ugly Girl ("I can't believe you're leaving me for an ugly girl!") and The Pearl. But the whole CD is good.
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Jaret W. (jb) from LEO, IN
Reviewed on 8/10/2006...
They have a unique sound all their own... Melodies and screaming...
It Grows on You
Liz L. | Poughkeepsie, NY | 11/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this CD for Ugly Girl, which is an great song, and liked the album at first. But every time I listen to it, I enjoy it more and more, and find another favorite song. THIS IS A GREAT ALBUM! Don't miss out!"
The birth of a new genre...Quark (quirky adult rock)?
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I stumbled on Fleming and John through their incredible rendition of "Eldorado" on the "Lynne Me Your Ears" tribute album to Jeff Lynne. I listened to the sound samples from both of their CDs and bought them both. Most reviews try to describe this band in terms of other bands. My best guess in describing "The Way we Are" is "Everything but the Girl meets No Doubt and Kate Bush", but that really doesn't do complete justice to this particular CD.I've decided that this is the beginning of a new genre that I call "quark", for "quirky adult rock". The beauty of this music is that it's very accessable, but not predictable. It's like everything I've heard before, only different. To me the trademark of Fleming and John is that they start with a musical theme or idea that is very familiar, and then unexpectedly take you somewhere you don't expect to go, without breaking the continuity of what they've started. It's great fun to listen to.Add to this Fleming's harsh-but-sweet and amazingly powerful voice plus intelligent, clever, and funny lyrics. But wait there's more! Outstanding recording quality that put's Fleming's voice up-front so you can understand what she's singing. What is there not to love here? So, I've decided that these two are pop music geniuses, and certainly my musical discovery for 2002. Still reading this? You should be listening the sound samples!"