Dawning

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
British doo wop revivalists the Roomates come into 25 years of harmony and nostalgia with Dawning, their 11th album since forming in the mid-'80s. Like most of their other efforts, the album is a fully loaded trove of selections from the late-'50s and early-'60s vocal pop era, focusing on the squeaky-clean white doo wop sounds of acts like Jay & the Americans or the band's idols Dion & the Belmonts. Over the album's extensive 28 cuts, the band pays homage to such acts as well as peppering the playlist with nine original compositions. Faithful covers of classic oldies radio fodder like the Beach Boys' "In My Room" and the often covered "She Cried" find the Mates ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
British doo wop revivalists the Roomates come into 25 years of harmony and nostalgia with Dawning, their 11th album since forming in the mid-'80s. Like most of their other efforts, the album is a fully loaded trove of selections from the late-'50s and early-'60s vocal pop era, focusing on the squeaky-clean white doo wop sounds of acts like Jay & the Americans or the band's idols Dion & the Belmonts. Over the album's extensive 28 cuts, the band pays homage to such acts as well as peppering the playlist with nine original compositions. Faithful covers of classic oldies radio fodder like the Beach Boys' "In My Room" and the often covered "She Cried" find the Mates getting into some pretty complex harmonies without derailing the songs' familiar arrangements with too many extras. The occasional inclusion of a more obscure track like Andy Williams' unexpectedly heavy-hearted and spooky "Music to Watch Girls By" keeps the disc from veering too far into county-fair territory. Even still, the fairly formulaic songwriting turns render even the lesser-known tracks and Roomates originals pretty repetitive before the record even hits the halfway point. Updated production values also detract somewhat from the overall picture on Dawning. The group's sound -- so mired in dreamy nostalgia and times gone by -- is drained of some of its impact with MIDI-derived bell sounds and crystal-clear vocal compression. Even the vintage-sounding reverby guitars and sock-hop drumbeats come off a little hollow, trying hard to re-create a music that owed much of its magic to the muddy recording techniques of its time. While the songs themselves are blemish-free and clearly the product of a lovingly honed craft, Dawning is best appreciated track by track. When taken on as a whole album, even the most enthusiastic doo wop fan might have a hard time staying engaged for the entire duration.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667049726
  • Catalog Number: 6704972
  • Sales rank: 94,348

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dawning (2:41)
  2. 2 Ala-Men-Sy (2:30)
  3. 3 In My Room (2:23)
  4. 4 Music to Watch Girls By (2:57)
  5. 5 Crazy Girl (3:27)
  6. 6 Where or When (2:43)
  7. 7 Little Miss America (3:44)
  8. 8 Oh I Wonder Why (2:32)
  9. 9 She Cried (2:41)
  10. 10 Please Believe Me (3:05)
  11. 11 Baby Stay Away from Me (3:49)
  12. 12 I Promised (2:35)
  13. 13 Tiny Cloud (2:35)
  14. 14 Please Listen to Me (3:34)
  15. 15 Dry Your Eyes (2:20)
  16. 16 Lonely World (2:31)
  17. 17 A Fool Like Me (3:10)
  18. 18 Paradise for Two (2:29)
  19. 19 Let's Call It a Day (2:26)
  20. 20 The Answer Is No (2:31)
  21. 21 No One Knows (2:38)
  22. 22 Just for You (2:55)
  23. 23 Smile Through the Tears (2:06)
  24. 24 That's Not the Way Love's Meant to Be (2:34)
  25. 25 Don't Be a Fool in Love (2:36)
  26. 26 Where Are You Now (2:42)
  27. 27 Guardian Angel (2:54)
  28. 28 Don't Let Her Call Me (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Roomates Primary Artist
Mark Webb Group Member
Steve Webb Group Member
Lance Larsen Drums
Glenn Brentnall Group Member
Nick Kennedy Group Member
Stuart Demmery Bass (Vocal), Guest Appearance
Richard Barwell Piano
Gary Powell Double Bass
Susanna Pichin Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Herb Alpert Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Ernie Maresca Composer
Walter Becker Composer
Ted Daryll Composer
Dion DiMucci Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
John Linde Composer
Mitch Margo Composer
Phil Margo Composer
Gary Usher Composer
Steve Webb Composer, Liner Notes
Hank Medress Composer
George Rivera Composer
Peter Antell Composer
Vito Picone Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Mark Barkan Composer
Victor Melendez Composer
Ruth Batchelor Composer
Greg Richards Composer
Tony Powers Composer
Ken Hecht Composer
Al Reno Composer
Nick Kennedy Composer
Helen Miller Composer
Anthony Velona Composer
Bob Roberts Composer
Sidney Ramin Composer
Sandrine Webb Cover Photo
Vincent Catalano Composer
Harvey Hirshkowitz Composer
Laura Lipkin Composer
Susanna Pichin Composer
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