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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2013
  • Label: Welk Records
  • UPC: 015707830225
  • Catalog Number: 783022
  • Sales rank: 7,528

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)
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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 Drums
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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