Thanks in Advance

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Bryan Beller's online liner notes explain the genesis of Thanks in Advance and how it's the story of a very personal journey told through music (check it out at www.bryanbeller.com). That being said, this is an almost entirely instrumental album that starts out pretty much where his last album left off. Beller writes jazzy guitar rock tunes not too far removed from Steely Dan. Yes, Beller is a bass player, but he writes for guitar, and he's got a bunch of talented, guitar playing friends to draw on to bring the tunes to life. "Snooze Bar" starts things out with a nice, slow groove but quickly progress from there. "The Cost of Doing Business" gets really busy and ...
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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Bryan Beller's online liner notes explain the genesis of Thanks in Advance and how it's the story of a very personal journey told through music (check it out at www.bryanbeller.com). That being said, this is an almost entirely instrumental album that starts out pretty much where his last album left off. Beller writes jazzy guitar rock tunes not too far removed from Steely Dan. Yes, Beller is a bass player, but he writes for guitar, and he's got a bunch of talented, guitar playing friends to draw on to bring the tunes to life. "Snooze Bar" starts things out with a nice, slow groove but quickly progress from there. "The Cost of Doing Business" gets really busy and synthy, then "Blind Sideways" takes a turn toward the jazzy but with a really knotty melody. Then things start to get ugly. "Cave Dweller" is downright nasty thanks to a lurching groove and Griff Peters' guitar. "Play Hard"'s lyrics (the only ones on the album) paint a portrait of someone with a sense of entitlement so odious that one can't help but hope that someone will beat the hell out of the protagonist. Then things change completely. "Love Terror Adrenaline/Break Through" is compositionally so far beyond anything else Beller has released, that you might think a different CD had come on. It's an amazing, complicated piece that really gives Mike Keneally a chance to rise to the occasion.The first part is thoroughly composed and intricate, then it opens of for some guitar improv and Keneally kills it on both counts. The title cut is like coasting home and it's a pretty nice ride with more guitar from Griff Peters and some tasty Hammond organ from Jeff Babko. The set closes in uptempo party mode with some great sax courtesy of Scheila Gonzalez. Thanks in Advance is a solid album, but "Love Terror Adrenaline/Break Through" alone is worth the price of admission.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2008
  • Label: Prophase
  • UPC: 643157398141
  • Catalog Number: 3981

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Snooze Bar (3:18)
  2. 2 Casual Lie Day (6:29)
  3. 3 Greasy Wheel (6:30)
  4. 4 Cost of Doing Business (1:48)
  5. 5 Blind Sideways (4:18)
  6. 6 Life Story (1:56)
  7. 7 Cave Dweller (7:52)
  8. 8 Play Hard (3:50)
  9. 9 Love Terror Adrenaline/Break Through (10:22)
  10. 10 Thanks in Advance (8:52)
  11. 11 From Nothing (4:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bryan Beller Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Soloist
Bruce Dees Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Steven Herrman Trumpet
Jim Hoke Clarinet
Clayton Ivey Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Mike Keneally Guitar, Piano, electronics, Electronic Vibes
Doug Moffet Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Travers Drums
Jeff Babko Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Nick D'Virgilio Drums
Roy Agee Trombone, Bass Trombone
Toss Panos Drums
Mike Olekshy Guitar
Rick Musallam Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Mark Niemiec Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Marco Minnemann Drums
Griff Peters Guitar
Ann Marie Calhoun Violin
Kira Small fender rhodes
Marcus Finnie Drums
Jody Nardone Piano
Jude Crossen Vocals
Chris Cottros Guitar
Jude Crossen Vocals
Scheila Gonzalez Saxophone
Technical Credits
Bryan Beller Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Bruce Dees Engineer
Jeff Forrest Engineer
Erich Gobel Engineer
John Golden Mastering
Mike Keneally Composer
Joe Travers Composer
James McLoughlin Engineer
Mark Niemiec Engineer
J.J. Golden Mastering
Marco Minnemann Engineer
Michael Mesker Art Direction
Griff Peters Composer, Engineer
Tom Trapp Arranger
Rory Rositas Engineer
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