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Move by Yourself
     

Move by Yourself

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by Donavon Frankenreiter
 
Donavon Frankeneiter recorded his first record under the friendly auspices of his buddy Jack Johnson's patronage. The self-titled album from 2004 was a quite enjoyable sun-kissed record that sometime suffered from being laid-back to the point of inertia. The first track from the follow-up lets the listener know that Frankenreiter is

Overview

Donavon Frankeneiter recorded his first record under the friendly auspices of his buddy Jack Johnson's patronage. The self-titled album from 2004 was a quite enjoyable sun-kissed record that sometime suffered from being laid-back to the point of inertia. The first track from the follow-up lets the listener know that Frankenreiter is following a slightly different path, as "Move by Yourself" is a funky, uptempo rocker punctuated by a bubbling clavinet (think early-'70s Stevie) and a barn-burning guitar solo. The track has more energy by itself than the whole last record did put together. Now, you may initially be put off if you were a fan of the previous album, but the same basic underpinnings that made the last album so good are still here, like Frankenreiter's mellow wisp of a voice, his easygoing lyrics, and most of all an enveloping warmth that makes the disc as smooth as a summer nap in the shade. The added interest in arrangements shows through on songs like the string-laden, wah-wah-laced, vibraphone-dipped "The Way It Is," which happily brings to mind early Hall & Oates; the lowdown and nasty "Fool," which sports some gritty gospel backing vocals; and the dramatic and dynamic "Let It Go." These touches and the overall boost in energy and commitment add punch and flavor to Move by Yourself that the last album lacked. The main bread and butter of his style still remains the low-key and loose midtempo tunes, sweet as strawberry jam, like "These Arms," "Girl Like You," "Beautiful Day," and "By Your Side." Add up all the positives and you end up with one heck of an album that will impress jam band lovers with its lazy lope, surprise people with its unhurried soul, and make fans of peaceful and easy but not innocuous songcraft quite happy. Hopefully, Frankenreiter is still pals with Jack Johnson on a personal level, but breaking away from him musically worked out just fine.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Clark Collis
Move by Yourself should... delight beach-barbecuing wave catchers and hammock manufacturers alike. (B)

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2006
Label:
Lost Highway
UPC:
0602498529188
catalogNumber:
000640202
Rank:
81391

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donavon Frankenreiter   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Benjamin F. Wright   Strings
Jimmy Hill   Background Vocals
Cherokee   Background Vocals
Cherokee   Background Vocals
Eric Brigmond   Keyboards
Eulene Sherman   Background Vocals
AVOP   Background Vocals
Craig Barnette   Percussion,Drums
Tom Haller   Percussion
Patrick Evan McMillan   Background Vocals
Saboria Lamar Napolean   Background Vocals
Kizzime Walkers   Background Vocals
Matt Grundy   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Haller   Percussion
Patrick Evan Mcmillan   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim DeVito   Engineer
Neil Pogue   Producer
Benjamin F. Wright   String Arrangements
Donavon Frankenreiter   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Chad Early   Art Direction
Matt Grundy   Composer

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Move by Yourself 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love his first release, and the live special on cable TV is great. This CD has excellent vocals, but the music arrangements, except the song FOOL, are, in my opinion, missing something (passion). The second song, The Way It Is, sounds like a Saturday Night Fever wanna be. Maybe I would like it better after a joint.