Ode to the Inverse of the Dude

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Having severed ties with Detroit several years prior, the High Strung emphasize pop melodies and loose, laid-back instrumentation on Ode to the Inverse of the Dude, leaving behind the garage rock influences that previously dotted their albums. Ode's newfound affability seems to take its cues from the band's touring ethic, a relentless obligation to the road that sometimes yields upwards of 300 shows a year. The High Strung haven't turned into a jam band as a result, but a groovy undercurrent does float beneath these 11 songs, which replace the band's former strut with good vibes and a whimsical bounce. "Standing at the Door of Self Discovery" opens the album with gang ...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Having severed ties with Detroit several years prior, the High Strung emphasize pop melodies and loose, laid-back instrumentation on Ode to the Inverse of the Dude, leaving behind the garage rock influences that previously dotted their albums. Ode's newfound affability seems to take its cues from the band's touring ethic, a relentless obligation to the road that sometimes yields upwards of 300 shows a year. The High Strung haven't turned into a jam band as a result, but a groovy undercurrent does float beneath these 11 songs, which replace the band's former strut with good vibes and a whimsical bounce. "Standing at the Door of Self Discovery" opens the album with gang vocals and a simple refrain, having been seemingly designed to encourage audience participation in a live setting, while "Real Stone" marries light piano chords with such commands as "penny up for the Oreos!" Few songs truly stand out here -- not because the material is poor, but because the bandmates no longer split their time between power pop and gritty psychedelia, thus leaving the track list to be dominated by the former genre. Ode to the Inverse of the Dude is still a wholly pleasant listen, however, timely released at the onset of warm weather and aptly indicative of the band's strength as a live act.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2009
  • Label: Park The Van Records
  • UPC: 788377111726
  • Catalog Number: 71117
  • Sales rank: 386,322

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The High Strung Primary Artist
Eddie Ashworth Strings
Dave Newfeld Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Derek Berk Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Josh Malerman Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Chad Stocker Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Group Member
Michele Bartos Strings
Brittany Lesch Strings
Peter Lutek Clarinet, Saxophone
Michele Bartos Strings
Julia Reeves Strings
Brittany Lesch Strings
David Newfield Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Eddie Ashworth Arranger, Audio Production
John Forbes Mastering
Dave Newfeld Arranger, drum machine, Audio Production
Thomas Dean Artwork
Josh Malerman Arranger, Composer
Chad Stocker Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Greg Boggs Engineer
Josh Antonuccio Arranger
Sarah Schaaf Engineer
Ricky Chilcott Engineer
Peter Lutek Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Malerman Composer
Berk Composer
David Newfield drum machine, Sequencers
Stocker Composer
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