Ode to the Inverse of the Dude

Ode to the Inverse of the Dude

by The High Strung

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Ode to the Inverse of the Dude

Having severed ties with Detroit several years prior, the High Strung emphasize pop melodies and loose, laid-back instrumentation on Ode to the Inverse of the Dude, leaving behind the garage rock influences that previously dotted their albums. Ode's newfound affability seems to take its cues from the band's touring ethic, a relentless obligation to the road that sometimes yields upwards of 300 shows a year. The High Strung haven't turned into a jam band as a result, but a groovy undercurrent does float beneath these 11 songs, which replace the band's former strut with good vibes and a whimsical bounce. "Standing at the Door of Self Discovery" opens the album with gang vocals and a simple refrain, having been seemingly designed to encourage audience participation in a live setting, while "Real Stone" marries light piano chords with such commands as "penny up for the Oreos!" Few songs truly stand out here -- not because the material is poor, but because the bandmates no longer split their time between power pop and gritty psychedelia, thus leaving the track list to be dominated by the former genre. Ode to the Inverse of the Dude is still a wholly pleasant listen, however, timely released at the onset of warm weather and aptly indicative of the band's strength as a live act.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2009
Label: Park The Van Records
UPC: 0788377112112
catalogNumber: 71121
Rank: 281956

Album Credits

Performance Credits

High Strung   Primary Artist
Eddie Ashworth   Strings
Dave Newfeld   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Derek Berk   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Josh Malerman   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Chad Stocker   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Group Member
Michele Bartos   Strings
Brittany Lesch   Strings
Peter Lutek   Clarinet,Saxophone
Michele Bartos   Strings
Julia Reeves   Strings
Brittany Lesch   Strings
David Newfield   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Eddie Ashworth   Arranger,Audio Production
Dave Newfeld   Arranger,drum machine,Audio Production
Thomas Dean   Artwork
Josh Malerman   Arranger,Composer
Chad Stocker   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Greg Boggs   Engineer
Josh Antonuccio   Arranger
Sarah Schaaf   Engineer
Ricky Chilcott   Engineer
Peter Lutek   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Malerman   Composer
Berk   Composer
David Newfield   drum machine,Sequencers
Stocker   Composer

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