When the Telephone Rings

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When the Telephone Rings bursts out of the starting blocks with "The Only Love," a fiery rocker fueled by some high-octane guitar from the great Richard Lloyd, and for five minutes it sounds like Walter Salas-Humara and his latest edition of the Silos have finally made the top-shelf rock & roll record they've long had in 'em and almost made with Laser Beam Next Door. Sad to say, the album never kicks quite that hard again, but When the Telephone Rings manages a taut emotional intensity that's both bracing and satisfying, and it still rocks with greater conviction than most anything in the band's catalog. Much of the album was cut with Salas-Humara on guitar, Drew ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When the Telephone Rings bursts out of the starting blocks with "The Only Love," a fiery rocker fueled by some high-octane guitar from the great Richard Lloyd, and for five minutes it sounds like Walter Salas-Humara and his latest edition of the Silos have finally made the top-shelf rock & roll record they've long had in 'em and almost made with Laser Beam Next Door. Sad to say, the album never kicks quite that hard again, but When the Telephone Rings manages a taut emotional intensity that's both bracing and satisfying, and it still rocks with greater conviction than most anything in the band's catalog. Much of the album was cut with Salas-Humara on guitar, Drew Glackin on drums, and Konrad Meissner on drums, and together they're a tight rhythm section capable of cutting an impressive groove, with a rotating cast of friends filling out the sound. The Silos circa 2004 are a capable power trio who don't need all that much assistance to bring these songs up to speed, and when they want to ease things back a bit, they can still hit the target as on the moody title cut. And while Salas-Humara remains a passionate realist two decades into the Silos' career, these 11 songs celebrate life in all its glories as well its occasional indignities as only someone who's been around the block a few times can. When the Telephone Rings is rock & roll by grown-ups for grown-ups, and the maturity and wisdom inherent in this music doesn't minimize the sweaty fun to be had. Read the lyrics and turn it up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • UPC: 803020116122
  • Catalog Number: 1161
  • Sales rank: 3,487

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Only Love (5:38)
  2. 2 Whistled a Slow Waltz (2:37)
  3. 3 Ready for Anything (3:44)
  4. 4 Holding on to Life (3:33)
  5. 5 Innocent (3:13)
  6. 6 When the Telephone Rings (4:03)
  7. 7 The First Move (4:12)
  8. 8 Don't Wanna Know (2:57)
  9. 9 15 Days (3:05)
  10. 10 Dumbest on Parade (3:53)
  11. 11 Take a Hit (7:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Silos Primary Artist
Walter Salas-Humara Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Richard Lloyd Guitar
Amy Allison Background Vocals
David Boyle Organ, Electric Piano
Dave McNair Latin Percussion
Bruce Martin Conga
Tom Freund Bass, Harmonica, Piano, Background Vocals
Done Piper Background Vocals
Dave Bassett Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals, Mellotron, Group Member
Drew Glackin Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar, Group Member
Mary Lee Kortes Background Vocals
Paul Wallfisch Organ
Dennis Cronin Trumpet, Accordion
Jason Victor Guitar, Group Member
Steve McCormick Steel Guitar
Konrad Meissner Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Mary L. Rowell Violin
Technical Credits
Ray Kennedy Mastering
Walter Salas-Humara Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Amy Allison Vocal Support
Tom Freund Composer
Done Piper Vocal Support
Dave Bassett Vocal Support
Mary Lee Kortes Vocal Support
Konrad Meissner Composer
Chris Kelly [Choir Practice] Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Solid set of alt.country, power pop and more

    Nearly two decades into their career, and now essentially a vehicle for singer/songwriter/guitarist Walter Salas-Humara (co-founder Bob Rupe having departed before 1998's "Heater"), The Silos continue to weave their early alt.country roots (ala "Cuba") through the basic three-piece (guitar, bass, drums) rock sound they've come to on recent albums. In addition to straight-ahead power pop, guest players help the Silos flesh out mandolin-lined waltzes, acoustic and steel ballads, and synth-string lined soul. It's not particularly revelatory, especially considering the band's been on this wagon for so long, but it's another very solid set that's sure to please fans. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.

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