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Pass It Around

Pass It Around

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by Donavon Frankenreiter

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On Donavon Frankenreiter's third album, the former surfer and FOJ (friend of Jack, as in Jack Johnson) delivers another solid serving of laid-back sandy singer/songwriter soul. This time out there is less energy and funk than on 2006's Move by Yourself, and also fewer memorable songs. It feels like a bit of a backslide from that album's ambition and drive, but


On Donavon Frankenreiter's third album, the former surfer and FOJ (friend of Jack, as in Jack Johnson) delivers another solid serving of laid-back sandy singer/songwriter soul. This time out there is less energy and funk than on 2006's Move by Yourself, and also fewer memorable songs. It feels like a bit of a backslide from that album's ambition and drive, but still results in a perfectly fine record. Frankenreiter hasn't gone back to the barely ambulatory pace of his debut; there is a lot of mellow bounce and semi-funky soul to be found, especially on "Hit the Ground Running" and "Sing a Song." And there are plenty of sweet melodies ("Mansions on the Sand"), heartfelt performances ("Come with Me"), and tunes that sound like '70s radio hits (the melancholy "Someone's Something") filling up the album, too. If things sound a bit slicker and less personal, it could be down to the fact that Frankenreiter took on co-writers for most of the tracks on the album. That's not to say that he's working with Max Martin in search of a huge hit; there's just a more professional feel and less of a "dude and his friends hanging out on the beach" kind of vibe here. The sound of the record doesn't help matters on that front much, either, as the arrangements are smooth and sophisticated as opposed to the stripped-down sound of the debut or the inventive arrangements and fresh approach on Move by Yourself. Part of Frankenreiter's charm on the first album was his innocence, while on the follow-up it was his innocent ambition. Here it feels like he's comfortably sliding into the role of the professional journeyman who cranks out albums because it's his gig. That's kind of sad on one level, but on another it's not so bad because the product is good. Pass It Around may mark the end of Frankenreiter the artist, but it may also just be a stop for breath. Either way, it's an album that fans of laid-back, peaceful and easy singers will like. Not love but like, and that's OK.

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Release Date:
Lost Highway


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donavon Frankenreiter   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Lead
Luis Conte   Percussion
Ben Harper   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Bruce Kaphan   Slack Key Guitar
Grant-Lee Phillips   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Daniel Tashian   Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
G. Love   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Thad Cockrell   Background Vocals
Z. Jimmy   Harmonica
Eric Brigmond   Trumpet,Keyboards
Craig Barnette   Drums
Matt Cusson   Background Vocals
Matt Grundy   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
José Hernández   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Joe Chiccarelli   Producer,Audio Production
Donavon Frankenreiter   Composer
Karen Naff   Art Direction
Squeak E. Clean   Composer,Producer
Graham Hope   Engineer

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Pass It Around 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That is the only word I can think of right now to describe Donavon Frankenreiter's latest work, PASS IT AROUND. After the first album, I thought- it can't get any better. Then when he hit us with the wonderful MOVE BY YOURSELF, I thought- surely, it can't get any better. But, alas, this latest release has stunned me again with its beautiful musicianship and cool lyrics, that make you want to sit back and chill and get up and dance all at the same time. Kudos to Donavon and the band, you guys really made some amazing tunes. Thank you! I can't wait to see them performed live on your Fall tour!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is one of the best. great to listen to all day long. The lyrics are so incredibley beautiful and the music sets the tone. this cd everyone needs to get and be prepared to be swept away.
SurferSue More than 1 year ago
I loved this album with the first listening. Life, Love & Laughter is an upbeat, feel-good way to start to the album, moving on to Too Much Water, such an original relaxing piece of music. Mansions on the Sand is simply a beautiful song you can close your eyes to and imagine you're on a sandy beach with the palm trees swaying. I'd recommend any of Donavon Frankenreiter's albums. They're all terrific and Donavon has such a soothing, mellow voice. Thanks Donavon, for another great album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donavon has shown that he can stand alone and bring an audience to their knees. He has evolved from his first album by spreading his own wings breaking away from Brushfire Records. I strongly believe by going forward in his career that he has the potential to make people stop and take notice to his voice, lyrics and talents. Donavon is so creative and versatile. His album cover speaks for its self. He is living life carefree and loving it. His music and lifestyle has a positive influence on all ages. Life, Love &amp Laughter in Your Heart. Pass It Around. With each album he produces I am beginning to see more of the artist whom with every breath of his voice can hold your heart in his hand. Donavon Frankenreiter IS THE MAN!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donavon Frankenreiter, a renowned surfer turned musician, who is hands down as talented on a guitar and mic., as he is on a surfboard, but Donavons great acoustic styling's and mellow harmonies have always resembled the sounds of his great Friend Jack Johnson. In the making of this album Donavon took the experiences and wisdom gained along the way and evolved as an artist, Donavon put his heart and soul in creating and co-writing this album, in the quest of finding his musical identity. Not taking away his signature sounds of acoustic and electric elements of funky &amp fresh beats along with honest lyrics of his past recordings, but growing from it and introducing a new approach of delivering it which in result, is an album filled with soulful melodies, uplifting grooves and some lessons for life. Donavon's signature raspy mellow voice always so full of passion, you can clearly see and feel his love for music. The talent and relationship with in the members of the band harmonizes every song perfectly. From the punchy mariachi horns of Your Heart to the pop sensibilities of Life, Love &amp Laughter to the laid-back funk of Hit the Ground Running and Too Much Water Donavon's newfound musical confidence in Pass it Around finally breaks away the Jack Johnson redundancy, which has followed his music for the last two albums and introduces us to Donavon&amp's newfound identity. Pass It Around is a testament to Frankenreiter&amp's continuing evolution as an artist.