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Opaline

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
In mid-1996, Dishwalla's "Counting Blue Cars" was one of the most overplayed songs of the summer. It was a melodic masterpiece of passion for radio fans and powerful in making the bandmembers into international superstars. And You Think You Know What Life's About 1998 didn't fare as well, but the band's third effort, Opaline, marks a return to form: heavy guitar work layered over J.R. Richards' heartily sweet vocals. It's definitely pop-friendly, and Dishwalla's approach to the album as a whole is carefree. Grainy acoustic guitars dance around spiritual salvation in songs like "Home" and "Somewhere in the Middle." "Mad Life" is equally impressive, but "Angels or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
In mid-1996, Dishwalla's "Counting Blue Cars" was one of the most overplayed songs of the summer. It was a melodic masterpiece of passion for radio fans and powerful in making the bandmembers into international superstars. And You Think You Know What Life's About 1998 didn't fare as well, but the band's third effort, Opaline, marks a return to form: heavy guitar work layered over J.R. Richards' heartily sweet vocals. It's definitely pop-friendly, and Dishwalla's approach to the album as a whole is carefree. Grainy acoustic guitars dance around spiritual salvation in songs like "Home" and "Somewhere in the Middle." "Mad Life" is equally impressive, but "Angels or Devils" is Opaline's brightest track. String arrangements build the stormy romance of the song, harking back to the idea that time heals all wounds. Dishwalla have a message. They're suckers for the perfect hook. Opaline is a decent rock record and fans should be pleased.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Immergent
  • UPC: 676628200926
  • Catalog Number: 82009
  • Sales rank: 4,470

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opaline (4:10)
  2. 2 Angels or Devils (4:03)
  3. 3 Somewhere in the Middle (3:42)
  4. 4 Every Little Thing (4:26)
  5. 5 When Morning Comes (3:59)
  6. 6 Home (4:52)
  7. 7 Today, Tonight (3:02)
  8. 8 Mad Life (3:54)
  9. 9 Candleburn (4:01)
  10. 10 Nashville Skyline (4:40)
  11. 11 Drawn Out (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dishwalla Primary Artist
Scott Alexander Bass, Vocals
Victor Lawrence Cello
Mark Robertson Violin, Viola
Jim Wood Keyboards, Vocals
J.R. Richards Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Ralph Farris Violin, Viola
Gregg Wattenberg Guitar
Pete Maloney Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Melissa Reiner Violin
Leah Katz Viola
Rodney Browning Cravens Guitar, Vocals
Violet Son Violin
Technical Credits
Victor Lawrence String Coordinator
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Brian Scheuble Programming, Engineer
Dishwalla String Arrangements, Art Direction
Mark Mazzetti Executive Producer
J.R. Richards Programming
Curt Schneider Engineer, Pro-Tools
Ralph Farris Orchestration, String Arrangements
Gregg Wattenberg Producer
Charlie Watts Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Why does these so called "record guru's" play crap whe

    Why does these so called "record guru's" play crap when they have great music not being recognized or played on radio. This cd could have every song on the radio and most people would like it. Don't know why they look for "kids" cause" I really think great music should be played no matter how old you are. Anybody that will give this cd a chance it'll be one of your favorites........I promise!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing short of Amazing

    Most of the songs are epics, and even the other songs don't fall far behind. It is motivational to anyone and for me as a musician. They have taken a big step forward, and they are closer than they have ever been before to acomplishing a masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Opaline is a Welcome Suprise!

    Opaline is a beautiful accomplishment! The songs are dreamy and thought provoking! This is the best Dishwalla CD! If you like Coldplay, U2, Creed, & Cutting Crew then you'll love this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PERFECTION

    "Opaline" is a pleasure to the ears. Every song works. My favorite song is "Nashville Skyline", but "Home"; "Angels Or Devils" and "Somewhere In The Middle" are also terrific. Dishwalla is fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dishwalla nowhere near the middle

    Coming off a floppy sophomore effort, Santa Barbara's finest are back in the saddle again. The album questions abstract ideas of life such as success and love and their constant battle for domination. Through the eyes of a musician the band has grown artistically. Their fluid use of textures shows a band not afraid to express what they feel and gives the audience insight into more than what the words alone can say. Kudos to ya Rod. Should their growth turn away their ''Counting Blue Cars''-era fan-base, so be it; they'll have many new fans soon. When you see them live, just be sure that the fuses are blown, and you give Rod a Splash; he appreciated it back in Nov. 2001 in Corpus Christi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Beautiful

    It's very rare for me to like every single song on an album. But I love every single song on Dishwalla's Opaline. Dishwalla successfully resurfaced into the music world with a refreshing style. Not only is the cover photo for the album breathtaking, but JR Richards' vocals are the best feature of the album. They contribute to the beauty of each song and wrap listeners' ears with warmness. One can say that his voice sounds similar to Creed's lead singer Scott Stapp, but JR Richards is the one who can really sing with conviction and talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Opaline is Great!

    All I can say is I have listened to this CD about 20 times since I first got it and it just gets better and better each time. ''Home'' and ''Somewhere In The Middle'' are personal favorites. All are excellent however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best album in years.

    I never write reviews, but I will make an exception for this album. Opaline is simply the best cd I've heard in years. I give it the highest rating possible which it well deserves. Also, catch the live show if you get a chance...it's more than worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST ALBUM EVER!!

    This is a great album i think that everyone should buy it has alot of soft songs but if you are into just chillin in your room this is the right c-d for you, it also helps me mellow out if im like going to bed or sumthing. Dishwallas other albums seem to be more hard rock but they have a soft side too! Click here to get more info http://www.dishwalla.com/vlp/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dishwalla Opaline

    I recently purchased this cd and love it! The older Dishwalla is hard rock...but this one is a more mellow assortment of great ballads. I hope they come in concert soon because I'd love to hear this cd live!!! The first 4 songs are my favorites...although I love it all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Your own personal journey.

    Opaline seduces you with the opening title track and doesn't release you until the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Album of the year!

    Dishwalla's best effort to date is one of the greatest albums of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Passionate, Intricate, Delicate...

    Dishwalla has done it again... This album is full of beautiful, textural layers blended with masterful musicianship and songwriting. From the opening notes of the Middle-Eastern inspired title track, ''Opaline'' to the last bittersweet notes of ''Drawn Out'', you'll find plenty here to inspire you. Other strong cuts are: ''Somewhere In the Middle'', ''Home'', and ''Angels or Devils''. J.R. Richards' vocals soar on this record. The band, as always, consistently provides melody, harmony and passion. You'll find yourself asking why this band doesn't get more radio airplay. It's a solid record, one that will make you feel like the world is a better place for listening...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievable!!!!

    This is a great CD, I have been a fan since 95 and it is great to hear more from these guys! JR's voice is hynotic and he touches your soul with his lyrics. Dishwalla has their own style. I have introduced many friends to Opaline and Dishwalla and they can't get enough! I think this CD should wake up the world, and give Dishwalla the respect they deserve!! I bought this CD at another site, it is less expensive here...BUY IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply and awesome album

    The best album they have put out to date (though their other albums aren't far behind). If you haven't checked them out yet do so, If you did and didnt like them before, give them another chance.... any-which way you'll be impressed with what you hear

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love it.

    It's great and nothing less than what I expected out of these great musical artists. Pick it up, you'll love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dishwalla's ''Opaline'' Best Of Their Albums

    The new release from Dishwalla, ''Opaline'' is the band's best work yet. Each song is amazing!! It is one of those cds you put on to let everything in your mind go. I found myself listening to it about 5 times the first day I got it. The band has really outdone themselves...this is a cd that is a must have in your collection!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Maturity

    Well, all I have to say is wow!! Dishwalla is a very strong, yet unrecognized contender in the writing category for the 90's through 2002. I loved ''Pet Your Friends'', and I was really worried that was gonna be the last I ever heard from them again. But, ''And you think you know what lifes about'' came out!!! And, my jaw dropped. I couldn't believe the direction they took. ''And You Think'' was meloncholy and beautiful. They have this ability to write very emotional music, but still make it rock. Now with ''Opaline'', they have found a newer more mature path that will hopefully lead in some new listeners to the Dishwalla world of Emotional Rock. I give the new record all the props any listener could that knows about watching a band grow. Keep it up guys, the new album kicks butt!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant!

    This album is too good to be true, it just proves that great music is still out there and the 'Dishes' are it! The band has certainly evolved, this album is a genius mix of beautiful lirics and brilliant music - all that is expected from the guys - and so much more. If you need to get one album - this is it. (and if you are a fan of the previous albums, you already know why you *must* get it...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Opaline really does bring me to my knees!

    In the past where Dishwalla's albums hint at serenity, this one is all about finding a place that is comfortable. There is a perfect blend of JR's strong yet soft vocals and the band's melodic sounds. I feel that JR is finally able to open himself up completly to his fans and let them know how he feels inside. My favorite line is from ''When Morning comes''. JR sings ''Life Is So Sweet''. It is the perfect line to feel lost in the music.

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