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Dawning
     

Dawning

by The Roomates
 
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 See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2012
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667049726
catalogNumber:
6704972
Rank:
80848

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Performance Credits

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
Mark Barkan   Composer
Victor Melendez   Composer
Ruth Batchelor   Composer
Greg Richards   Composer
Tony Powers   Composer
Ken Hecht   Composer
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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