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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
First time around, Lee DeWyze sounded like a fusion of Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer -- a commercial enough mix that nevertheless failed to spark much interest, even though the singer/songwriter had just won the ninth season of American Idol. Three years on, when Lee DeWyze delivered his second major-label album Frames in the summer of 2013, guys with acoustic guitars were all the rage, but there's a difference. No longer were sensitive singer/songwriters strumming their guitars; instead, the mainstream was filled with big-footed acoustic stomps, a sound pioneered by Mumford & Sons. Savvy guy that he is, DeWyze reimagines himself as one of these ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
First time around, Lee DeWyze sounded like a fusion of Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer -- a commercial enough mix that nevertheless failed to spark much interest, even though the singer/songwriter had just won the ninth season of American Idol. Three years on, when Lee DeWyze delivered his second major-label album Frames in the summer of 2013, guys with acoustic guitars were all the rage, but there's a difference. No longer were sensitive singer/songwriters strumming their guitars; instead, the mainstream was filled with big-footed acoustic stomps, a sound pioneered by Mumford & Sons. Savvy guy that he is, DeWyze reimagines himself as one of these rowdy roots renegades on Frames, opening up the album with "Fight," a song that flies into overdrive as soon as the drums start crashing and the chorus starts chanting. "Fight" is hardly the only song with a Lumineers luster. Much of the first half of Frames is devoted to clanging acoustic guitars and syncopated, foot-stamping rhythms, and DeWyze eagerly throws himself into the fray, roaring these songs like a true believer. Of course, he's equally committed to the slight feints at Coldplay-styled arena rock, and also sounds convincing on the pure pop songs "You Don't Know Me" and "The Ride," big tuneful, Beatlesque numbers that are the catchiest things here. That they're also the best kind of undercuts the impression that DeWyze is now a be-vested troubadour, but it doesn't really matter as the unstated thesis on Frames is that the Am Idol winner will do anything for a hit. He's wisely placed most of his chips on Mumford/Lumineers, but he has a stack riding on hook-laden AAA pop; if either happen to get him where he wants to be, he'll be fine with that and will roll with the changes next time around. [Frames also has a deluxe edition containing an acoustic version of the entire album.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2013
  • Label: Welk Records
  • UPC: 015707833226
  • Catalog Number: 783322
  • Sales rank: 58,253

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fight (3:10)
  2. 2 Fire Away (2:42)
  3. 3 Silver Lining (3:09)
  4. 4 Frames (4:22)
  5. 5 Like I Do (2:51)
  6. 6 Open Your Eyes (3:52)
  7. 7 You Don't Know Me (3:13)
  8. 8 The Ride (3:35)
  9. 9 Don't Be Afraid (3:04)
  10. 10 Stay Away (3:01)
  11. 11 Little Did I Know (3:40)
  12. 12 Who Would've Known (2:29)
  13. 13 Breathing In (4:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Fight (3:28)
  2. 2 Fire Away (2:48)
  3. 3 Silver Lining (3:44)
  4. 4 Frames (4:32)
  5. 5 Like I Do (3:19)
  6. 6 Open Your Eyes (3:42)
  7. 7 You Don't Know Me (3:16)
  8. 8 The Ride (3:37)
  9. 9 Don't Be Afraid (3:38)
  10. 10 Stay Away (3:33)
  11. 11 Little Did I Know (3:24)
  12. 12 Who Would've Known (3:11)
  13. 13 Breathing In (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee DeWyze Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Piano, Cello, Drums, Vocals, Bells, Hammond B3
Matthew Wilder Bass, Guitar, Piano
Phil Allen Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Drums, Electric Guitar
Paul Cartwright Fiddle
Jim Scott Tambourine, Marxophone
Jonathan Flaugher Bass, Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Julian Emery Electric Guitar
Jordan Katz Banjo, Trumpet
Philip Dizack Trumpet
Rick Seibold Banjo, Guitar, Percussion
Drew Pearson Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Slide Guitar
Jessi Collins Background Vocals
Jim Irvin Background Vocals
Ross Holmes Fiddle
Marco Meneghin Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Matt Menefee Banjo
Lincoln Cleary Keyboards
Michael McGarity Drums
Technical Credits
Matthew Wilder Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Phil Allen Producer, MIDI Production, Additional Production
Paul Cartwright String Arrangements
Julian Emery Composer, Programming, Producer
Jordan Katz Horn Arrangements
Shelly Fairchild Composer
Toby Gad Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Philip Dizack Horn Arrangements
Carrie Smith Art Direction
Lee DeWyze Composer, Producer, Additional Production
Rick Seibold Composer, Programming, Producer
Drew Pearson Composer, Producer
Justin Irvin Composer
Dr Zero Producer, Additional Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    WIthout being so presumptuous as to think I know what was in the

    WIthout being so presumptuous as to think I know what was in the artist's head, respectfully, I have a completely different take on this Album as a whole than the reviewer.  What makes it different to me  is the artist's ability to weave a diverse blend of sounds and influences into a body of work where the sum is greater than the parts. Each track stands alone beautifully, but the music of this album want to be heard as a whole, crafting the stories and sounds into an emotional journey.  I hear influences of Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and other musical icons  whose legacies were affecting songwriting like this long before any of Mumford & Sons were even born.  For a young artist, generations removed from this music, to channel influences like these, yet create a distinct sound of his own, is truly unique in this day and age.
    There are beautiful lyrics that tell stories, layers of harmonies, instrumentation shifts and tone shifts to deepen the emotions. There's foot-stompin, dark & edgy, haunting, highs & lows, word play and mic play. How often do you hear mics used as instruments anymore? Each track feeds off the others, and together they create an experience that takes you right down into the heart of this artist, or perhaps your own memories.  The maturity in the depth and complexity of this album really surprised me. If you love folk-rock, singer-songwriters, or just a great musical experience, this is worth a listen. See what you think.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Has the editorial reviewer ever listened to any of Mr. DeWyze's

    Has the editorial reviewer ever listened to any of Mr. DeWyze's pre Idol music? If so then you know that this album is more of that sound than his post Idol album was. Personally I really like this album. For me it runs the gamut of several sounds. Some songs are anthem like, some sad, some are lovesongs. I hear several different types on hear a little Simon and Garfunkle, a little Beatles (You Don't Know Me) a little Roy Orbison and, yes, some Enya (Open Your Eyes). I also enjoyed very much the more toned down Lee on the acoustic version. All in all this is a very good album and well worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    This CD is amazing! I have been waiting forever for this. Not on

    This CD is amazing! I have been waiting forever for this. Not one CD, but two CDs done in the amazing style of Lee DeWyze with the voice that just melts me. I highly recommend the Deluxe version because there is nothing like acoustic Lee DeWyze. Nothing!  I can't pick a favorite track, because this CD is just pure Lee, so they are all amazing!

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