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Welcome to the Walk Alone
     

Welcome to the Walk Alone

by The Rumble Strips
 
For their second album, Welcome to the Walk Alone, the Rumble Strips hired Mark Ronson to produce. While it may have been a good idea from a commercial sense due to Ronson's rep and track record, he exchanges the buoyant and rambunctious sound of the band's debut for something much slicker and reserved. And the songs singer

Overview

For their second album, Welcome to the Walk Alone, the Rumble Strips hired Mark Ronson to produce. While it may have been a good idea from a commercial sense due to Ronson's rep and track record, he exchanges the buoyant and rambunctious sound of the band's debut for something much slicker and reserved. And the songs singer Charlie Waller and the rest of the band wrote are more thoughtful and melancholic, less bursting at the seams with energy and life. There's nothing here as immediate as "Alarm Clock" or as bouncy as "Girls and Boys in Love," nothing that screams out hit single like those tracks did. The loosely arranged horns that lent such a sense of abandon to Girls and Weather are gone for the most part -- when they do appear, it's in the middle of a tightly arranged and slickly produced setting. The vocals sound passionate, however, and Waller hasn't toned down his style at all: he still sounds like Kevin Rowland (of Dexys Midnight Runners) on a bender, only now, with the restrained backing, there is a disconnect between the vocals and music that didn't exist before. Still, once you get past the more toned-down and sophisticated approach, there are quite a few positive aspects to the album. A few of the songs have some of the punch of the early singles; "London" has a dramatic, driving feel and a very hooky chorus and "Running on Empty" charges and rumbles like an out-of-control lorry. Some of the ballads also work well, especially tracks like "Not the Only Person" and "Back Bone," when Waller exchanges his Rowland-esque rags for an Ian McCullough trench coat and the epic production fits.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/2009
Label:
Ume Imports
UPC:
0602527033358
catalogNumber:
2703335

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Performance Credits

Rumble Strips   Primary Artist
Charles Waller   Organ,Vocals
Anthony Rossomando   Autoharp
Adam Klemens   Conductor
Tom Gorbutt   Horn,Background Vocals
Sam Mansbridge   Bass,Background Vocals
Matthew Wheeler   Drums,Background Vocals
Tom Gorbutt   Horn,Background Vocals
Henry Clark   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Horn,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Charles Waller   Composer,Lyricist
Alex Greenwald   Vocal Arrangements
Richard Woodcraft   Producer,Engineer
Mark Ronson   Producer
Owen Pallett   Orchestral Arrangements
Rumble Strips   Composer
Matthew Kettle   Vocal Recording
Henry Clark   Composer

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