Move by Yourself

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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.
Entertainment Weekly - Clark Collis
Move by Yourself should... delight beach-barbecuing wave catchers and hammock manufacturers alike. (B)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602498529188
  • Catalog Number: 000640202
  • Sales rank: 108,470

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Move by Yourself (5:16)
  2. 2 The Way It Is (3:49)
  3. 3 By Your Side (4:36)
  4. 4 These Arms (2:59)
  5. 5 Let It Go (4:11)
  6. 6 Fool (6:02)
  7. 7 Everytime (3:24)
  8. 8 That's Too Bad (Byron Jam) (2:42)
  9. 9 Girl Like You (3:07)
  10. 10 All Around Us (4:50)
  11. 11 Beautiful Day (3:26)
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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
Brian Gardner Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    unrealized potential

    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.

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