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Megalithic Symphony
     

Megalithic Symphony

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by AWOLNATION
 

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Following his group sojourns with major-label projects Home Town Hero (on Maverick) and Under the Influence of Giants (on Island), Aaron Bruno resurfaces as a one-man band (albeit with a lot of help, including longtime partner Drew Stewart) under the name AWOLNATION on Megalithic Symphony. A megalith is

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Following his group sojourns with major-label projects Home Town Hero (on Maverick) and Under the Influence of Giants (on Island), Aaron Bruno resurfaces as a one-man band (albeit with a lot of help, including longtime partner Drew Stewart) under the name AWOLNATION on Megalithic Symphony. A megalith is a large stone, so a megalithic symphony would seem to be an ambitious suite of rock music, and the album fits its title if one interprets the ambition as an unfettered eclecticism and sense of whimsy, as tethered to constant dance beats. Bruno seems to have built his tracks up from the percussion patterns, and once he got the beats he liked, he layered poppy melodies supporting lyrics sung in falsetto or a gritty tenor, with plenty of goofy electronic sounds in between. The "anything goes" quality takes in a spoken-word track ("Some Sort of Creature") and songs that recall everything from Prince to Men Without Hats. It all comes together on the 15-minute closer, "Knights of Shame," which begins with Bruno imploring, "Dance, baby, like the world is ending," and continues through various sections including a rap by Cameron Duddy, and ends, after a minute or so of silence, with a hidden track that finds Bruno strumming his acoustic guitar and croaking, "It's been a long time waiting for you." Megalithic Symphony engages the ear from moment to moment and allows Aaron Bruno to try out a variety of ideas, many of them half-baked, but all of them entertaining. [A Deluxe Edition added a second disc of remixed and live tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
Label:
Red Bull Records
UPC:
0844942010860
catalogNumber:
1086
Rank:
4337

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Performance Credits

AWOLNATION   Primary Artist
Brian West   Synthesizer,Casio
Christopher Thorn   Guitar
Aaron Bruno   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass
Jimmy Messer   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Drew Stewart   Guitar
Billy Mohler   Bass
Kenny Carkeet   Synthesizer
Cameron Duddy   Vocals
Arielle Verinis   Vocals
Hayden "Great White Shark" Scott   Drums
Dave Amezcua   Bass
Watts Choir   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tony Royster   Drums
Tarrah Toland   Vocals

Technical Credits

Scott Sheldon   Management
Eric Stenman   Composer,Engineer,Additional Production
Brian West   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Christopher Thorn   Engineer,Additional Production
Aaron Bruno   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Jimmy Messer   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Brad Smith   Whistle
Kenny Carkeet   Engineer
Cameron Duddy   Composer
Berko Pearce   Management

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Megalithic Symphony 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a great cd, well produced and energetic. i had only heard two songs when i bought it, and the rest of the tracks were exactly what i wanted. it is just the right kind of loud, great for driving, or dancing around the living room.
LTR1 More than 1 year ago
YEAH AWESOME
stiiffy More than 1 year ago
This cd is cool and light and heavy and dancy. It's easy listening for adrenaline junkies. Blame it on the ADD, baby!