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Dark Ride
     

Dark Ride

by Ian Matthews
 
Following a pair of albums made up almost exclusively of original material, 1994's The Dark Ride proved that Iain Matthews' newfound prolific nature wasn't just a backlog of tunes collected during his time off, as he penned 11 of the 13 songs (one co-written by Michael Fracasso and producer Mark Hallman). Like its predecessor,

Overview

Following a pair of albums made up almost exclusively of original material, 1994's The Dark Ride proved that Iain Matthews' newfound prolific nature wasn't just a backlog of tunes collected during his time off, as he penned 11 of the 13 songs (one co-written by Michael Fracasso and producer Mark Hallman). Like its predecessor, Skeleton Keys, The Dark Ride shares an acoustic, country-folk feel that fits the songs well, even if it can be a little too tasteful and nondescript at times. With a sound that borders on generic singer/songwriter territory, it's Matthews' voice, which is as good as ever, and his songs, which are hit and miss, that have to carry the day. Here he's at his best when he's at his most personal and introspective, as on cuts such as "I Drove," "Tigers Will Survive (Part II, Darcy's Song)," the title track, and what may be the record's most intimate and powerful tale, "For Better or Worse." Written for his wife, who had been a victim of rape, "For Better or Worse" is at once painful, compassionate, and graphic, while conveying both the helplessness, confusion, and anger of the situation. It's moments like this that make some of the lesser material all the more disappointing. There's enough here to attract folk fans and devotees, but history shows that Matthews is capable of more.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0715971102522
catalogNumber:
823768

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Performance Credits

Ian Matthews   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Sara Hickman   Vocals
Kris McKay   Vocals
Michael Fracasso   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Griffiths   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Fretless Bass Guitar
Mark Hallman   Organ,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Tabla,Tambourine,Vocal Harmony
Bradley Kopp   Acoustic Guitar
Robert McEntee   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Slide Guitar
Steve Meador   Drums
Rafael Gayol   Drums
Iain Hallman   Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
Darcy Matthews   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Sara Hickman   Contributor
Kris McKay   Contributor
Michael Fracasso   Contributor
Mark Hallman   Producer,Engineer

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