Two Shots

Two Shots

4.7 7
by Matt Dusk
     
 

Newcomer Matt Dusk is a new traditionalist. He loves his Sinatra, as all young crooners should, but he�s not interested in a full-blown retro trip. So his debut, Two Shots, studiously avoids an overload of standards -- �Fly Me to the Moon,� the one Great American Songbook classic here, and a radically reworked version of the Beatles� �Please Please Me,� are the…  See more details below

Overview

Newcomer Matt Dusk is a new traditionalist. He loves his Sinatra, as all young crooners should, but he�s not interested in a full-blown retro trip. So his debut, Two Shots, studiously avoids an overload of standards -- �Fly Me to the Moon,� the one Great American Songbook classic here, and a radically reworked version of the Beatles� �Please Please Me,� are the only vintage cuts on the album. While the newer material gives Dusk plenty of room to flex his sturdy pipes, the backing tracks deliberately avoid an old-school vibe. The result is a pleasing hybrid of in-the-tradition vocals and contemporary arrangements. Dusk may be throwing his hat into the ring with the Connicks, Bubl�s, and Cincottis of the world, but he�s intent on bringing some fresh air with him.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Although he was well on his way to having a successful musical career, Matt Dusk's star certainly got a boost when he appeared on the Fox television reality series, The Casino. As the hired entertainment for Las Vegas' Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, Dusk upped his visual exposure ante just in time for the release of his Decca Records debut, Two Shots. On The Casino, Dusk's attitude, swagger, good looks, and voice basically pay homage the legendary Rat Pack, and Two Shots is his attempt to recapture that tarnished musical era and polish it up for a new generation. There is no question that Dusk has the musical background and reverence for the style in which he has chosen to sing. In the opening song, "Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad," Dusk channels Sinatra almost to the point of spiritual possession. He does it very well and it gives the listener a chance to hear what it might have sounded like had Sinatra recorded this song. Indeed, Bono and The Edge from U2 wrote the song specifically for Sinatra, but it remained unrecorded by the legend as Sinatra passed away before he could get it committed to disc. Although this quick jog down Frankie Boulevard is a great exercise, it is a little exhausting when turned into a marathon. With each successive song, Dusk holds on to his Rat Pack croon so tightly that he buries his own identity and emotions. On the excellent original "Five," Dusk has the opportunity to simply enhance his own performance with the melancholic spirit of Sinatra's Only the Lonely album, but his connection with the audience wanes as he spends too much time concentrating on the bend and placement of each note instead of letting go and flying by the seat of his emotions. On the other hand, his Rat Pack embracement is utilized to great effect on "The Theme From Loaded Gun," as Dusk's exaggerated vocals enhance this savvy tribute to spy movie theme songs like "Goldfinger." The song is one of several competent originals penned for this disc that attempt to recall a bygone era, and although these new tunes succeed on that level, none of them, with the exception of "Five," leave an indelible impression. Also included are a fairly straightforward version of "Fly Me to the Moon," a lounge-y rendition of the Beatles' "Please Please Me," and a remix version of "Two Shots" that coats the song in colorful electronics. Technically, Two Shots is well written and produced, so it is up to Dusk to take these songs and sell them; and while the talent and the heart are quite apparent, his performances seem distant as he gets caught up in emulating his idols instead of simply learning from them and incorporating that knowledge into his own personality and style. However, this does not mean that Two Shots is not worthy of a listen as it is quality debut that will appeal to anyone who enjoys pop standards. But if he can sift out the ghosts of the past and find his own voice in these songs, he has the chance to create a disc that truly showcases the unique talent of Matt Dusk.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947561743
catalogNumber:
000260002

Tracks

  1. Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad
  2. Miracle
  3. Cold As Ice
  4. Lonely Road
  5. The Theme From Loaded Gun
  6. Don't Go Looking
  7. Fly Me To The Moon
  8. Please Please Me
  9. Precious Years
  10. Always
  11. Every Mother's Son
  12. Five
  13. Bonus Track: Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad (Hot Nugget Remix)

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matt Dusk   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ian Thomas   Drums
Domenic Troiano   Guitar
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Musician
Hugh Burns   Guitar
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Mark Kelso   Drums
London Session Orchestra   Musician
Steve Pearce   Bass
Robin Smith   Conductor,Keyboards
Toronto Symphony Orchestra   Musician
Dafnis Prieto   Percussion
Roberto Occhipinti   Bass
Cliff Masterson   Conductor,Keyboards
Steve Macdonald   Saxophone
Steve MacDonald   Saxophone
Steve Anderson   Keyboards

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Steve Wolfe   Executive Producer
Bono   Composer
Andy Duncan   Producer
Nigel Lowis   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Mitch Manker & His Brass Section   Horn Arrangements
Mark Millington   Art Direction
Willi Morrison   Executive Producer
Bob Rosa   Engineer
Robin Smith   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jeff Wolpert   Engineer
Terrance Lee Sawchuk   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Steve Lee   Composer
Simon Rhodes   Engineer
Ash Howes   Producer
Claire Tomkinson   Engineer
Tom Nichols   Composer
Terrance Sawchuck   Programming,Engineer
Adrian Hall   Engineer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Ron Lopata   Composer
Cliff Masterson   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Matt Bartram   Programming
Matt Dusk   Composer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Steve Pryce   Engineer
Matt Ward   Producer,Remixing
Bart Howard   Composer
Steve Anderson   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >