Stratosphere

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All Music Guide - Rich Wilson
Stratosphere is the second solo album from legendary Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, and Cult drummer Matt Sorum. A world away from the hard rock sound he is known for, Stratosphere sees Sorum getting behind the mike for the first time -- while also playing guitar and piano -- to deliver an album of classic, country-infused rock songs.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, and Cult drummer (not to mention rock & roll hall of famer) Matt Sorum's second solo outing is a big, dusty, vintage blast of open-road classic rock, breezy singer/songwriter folk-pop, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rich Wilson
Stratosphere is the second solo album from legendary Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, and Cult drummer Matt Sorum. A world away from the hard rock sound he is known for, Stratosphere sees Sorum getting behind the mike for the first time -- while also playing guitar and piano -- to deliver an album of classic, country-infused rock songs.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, and Cult drummer (not to mention rock & roll hall of famer) Matt Sorum's second solo outing is a big, dusty, vintage blast of open-road classic rock, breezy singer/songwriter folk-pop, and occasionally lavish chamber/psych rock that gives a tip of the hat to everyone from David Bowie and Joni Mitchell to Masters of Reality and Queens of the Stone Age. Assuming the lead singer position for the first time (his voice falls somewhere in between the affable, Southern Cali-cadence of David Lowery and the thick, weathered croon of Mark Lanegan), as well as contributing guitar and piano, Sorum infuses the excellent Stratosphere with decades of listening experience, offering up a warm, wise, occasionally surprising, and always inviting 14-track set that's bookended, '70s prog-rock style, by a pair of appropriately cosmic-sounding instrumental/spoken word bits that frame the album in a rich patina of tube-driven retro-goodness. He navigates the usual themes (love, loss, life, and death) with a deep understanding of their myriad tropes, but he's a shrewd enough songwriter to know that lyrical cliches wake up when musically spiced. Stand-out cuts like the stately, pedal steel-driven "The Sea," the meaty, horn-laden Spider from Mars tribute "What Ziggy Says," the driving Iggy Pop-meets-the Killers highway anthem "For the Wild Ones," and the lovely and unfussy "Josephine," the latter a stately tribute to his 101-year old grandmother, all feel like the work of an artist with nothing to prove, and all the time in the world to do what he loves best, making music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2014
  • Label: Rok Dok
  • EAN: 5060186922102
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 36,180

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro: Stratosphere, Pt. 1 (0:21)
  2. 2 The Sea (3:06)
  3. 3 What Ziggy Says (3:22)
  4. 4 For the Wild Ones (3:34)
  5. 5 Goodbye To You (4:34)
  6. 6 Gone (4:16)
  7. 7 Lady of the Stone (4:11)
  8. 8 Ode to Nick Drake (3:20)
  9. 9 Blue (4:00)
  10. 10 Josephine (4:06)
  11. 11 Land of the Pure (5:36)
  12. 12 Killers N Lovers (5:48)
  13. 13 The Lonely Teardrop (3:21)
  14. 14 Outro: Stratosphere, Pt. 2 (1:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy Primary Artist
Scott Breadman Percussion
Lili Haydn Violin
Abby Loce's Vocals, Soloist
Matt Sorum Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Joe Sublett Horn
Lee Thornburg Horn
Cameron Stone Cello, Soloist
Sussan Deyhim Vocals, Soloist
Damon Fox Organ, Mellotron, Wurlitzer, Mini Moog
Paul III Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Alex Torodov Keyboards
Randy Ray Mitchell Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Flower Sounds Performing Ensemble
Ace Harper Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Lanny Cordola Composer
Matt Sorum Composer, Producer
Dave Collins Mastering
Damon Fox Composer
Alex Torodov Programming, Producer, Engineer
Thomas Morse Orchestral Arrangements
Brittany Guarino Artwork
Miles Cartwright Artwork
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