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In mid-1996, Dishwalla's "Counting Blue Cars" was one of the most overplayed songs of the summer. It was a melodic masterpiece of passion for radio fans and powerful in making the bandmembers into international superstars. And You Think You Know What Life's About (1998) didn't fare as well, but the band's third effort, Opaline, marks a return to form: heavy guitar work layered over J.R. Richards' heartily sweet vocals. It's definitely pop-friendly, and Dishwalla's approach to the album as a whole is carefree. Grainy acoustic guitars dance around spiritual salvation in songs like "Home" and "Somewhere in the Middle." "Mad Life" is equally impressive, but "Angels or Devils" is Opaline's brightest track. String arrangements build the stormy romance of the song, harking back to the idea that time heals all wounds. Dishwalla have a message. They're suckers for the perfect hook. Opaline is a decent rock record and fans should be pleased.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/2002
Label: Immergent
UPC: 0676628200926
catalogNumber: 82009

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dishwalla   Primary Artist
Scott Alexander   Bass,Vocals
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Mark Robertson   Violin,Viola
Jim Wood   Keyboards,Vocals
J.R. Richards   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Ralph Farris   Violin,Viola
Gregg Wattenberg   Guitar
Pete Maloney   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Melissa Reiner   Violin
Leah Katz   Viola
Rodney Browning Cravens   Guitar,Vocals
Violet Son   Violin

Technical Credits

Victor Lawrence   String Coordinator
Brian Scheuble   Programming,Engineer
Dishwalla   String Arrangements,Art Direction
Mark Mazzetti   Executive Producer
J.R. Richards   Programming
Curt Schneider   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Ralph Farris   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Gregg Wattenberg   Producer

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Opaline 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why does these so called "record guru's" play crap when they have great music not being recognized or played on radio. This cd could have every song on the radio and most people would like it. Don't know why they look for "kids" cause" I really think great music should be played no matter how old you are. Anybody that will give this cd a chance it'll be one of your favorites........I promise!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Opaline is a beautiful accomplishment! The songs are dreamy and thought provoking! This is the best Dishwalla CD! If you like Coldplay, U2, Creed, & Cutting Crew then you'll love this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dishwalla's best effort to date is one of the greatest albums of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never write reviews, but I will make an exception for this album. Opaline is simply the best cd I've heard in years. I give it the highest rating possible which it well deserves. Also, catch the live show if you get a chance...it's more than worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coming off a floppy sophomore effort, Santa Barbara's finest are back in the saddle again. The album questions abstract ideas of life such as success and love and their constant battle for domination. Through the eyes of a musician the band has grown artistically. Their fluid use of textures shows a band not afraid to express what they feel and gives the audience insight into more than what the words alone can say. Kudos to ya Rod. Should their growth turn away their ''Counting Blue Cars''-era fan-base, so be it; they'll have many new fans soon. When you see them live, just be sure that the fuses are blown, and you give Rod a Splash; he appreciated it back in Nov. 2001 in Corpus Christi.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best album they have put out to date (though their other albums aren't far behind). If you haven't checked them out yet do so, If you did and didnt like them before, give them another chance.... any-which way you'll be impressed with what you hear
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the past where Dishwalla's albums hint at serenity, this one is all about finding a place that is comfortable. There is a perfect blend of JR's strong yet soft vocals and the band's melodic sounds. I feel that JR is finally able to open himself up completly to his fans and let them know how he feels inside. My favorite line is from ''When Morning comes''. JR sings ''Life Is So Sweet''. It is the perfect line to feel lost in the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's great and nothing less than what I expected out of these great musical artists. Pick it up, you'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently purchased this cd and love it! The older Dishwalla is hard rock...but this one is a more mellow assortment of great ballads. I hope they come in concert soon because I'd love to hear this cd live!!! The first 4 songs are my favorites...although I love it all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, all I have to say is wow!! Dishwalla is a very strong, yet unrecognized contender in the writing category for the 90's through 2002. I loved ''Pet Your Friends'', and I was really worried that was gonna be the last I ever heard from them again. But, ''And you think you know what lifes about'' came out!!! And, my jaw dropped. I couldn't believe the direction they took. ''And You Think'' was meloncholy and beautiful. They have this ability to write very emotional music, but still make it rock. Now with ''Opaline'', they have found a newer more mature path that will hopefully lead in some new listeners to the Dishwalla world of Emotional Rock. I give the new record all the props any listener could that knows about watching a band grow. Keep it up guys, the new album kicks butt!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Opaline seduces you with the opening title track and doesn't release you until the last.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is I have listened to this CD about 20 times since I first got it and it just gets better and better each time. ''Home'' and ''Somewhere In The Middle'' are personal favorites. All are excellent however.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's very rare for me to like every single song on an album. But I love every single song on Dishwalla's Opaline. Dishwalla successfully resurfaced into the music world with a refreshing style. Not only is the cover photo for the album breathtaking, but JR Richards' vocals are the best feature of the album. They contribute to the beauty of each song and wrap listeners' ears with warmness. One can say that his voice sounds similar to Creed's lead singer Scott Stapp, but JR Richards is the one who can really sing with conviction and talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dishwalla has done it again... This album is full of beautiful, textural layers blended with masterful musicianship and songwriting. From the opening notes of the Middle-Eastern inspired title track, ''Opaline'' to the last bittersweet notes of ''Drawn Out'', you'll find plenty here to inspire you. Other strong cuts are: ''Somewhere In the Middle'', ''Home'', and ''Angels or Devils''. J.R. Richards' vocals soar on this record. The band, as always, consistently provides melody, harmony and passion. You'll find yourself asking why this band doesn't get more radio airplay. It's a solid record, one that will make you feel like the world is a better place for listening...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of the songs are epics, and even the other songs don't fall far behind. It is motivational to anyone and for me as a musician. They have taken a big step forward, and they are closer than they have ever been before to acomplishing a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is too good to be true, it just proves that great music is still out there and the 'Dishes' are it! The band has certainly evolved, this album is a genius mix of beautiful lirics and brilliant music - all that is expected from the guys - and so much more. If you need to get one album - this is it. (and if you are a fan of the previous albums, you already know why you *must* get it...)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD, I have been a fan since 95 and it is great to hear more from these guys! JR's voice is hynotic and he touches your soul with his lyrics. Dishwalla has their own style. I have introduced many friends to Opaline and Dishwalla and they can't get enough! I think this CD should wake up the world, and give Dishwalla the respect they deserve!! I bought this CD at another site, it is less expensive here...BUY IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new release from Dishwalla, ''Opaline'' is the band's best work yet. Each song is amazing!! It is one of those cds you put on to let everything in your mind go. I found myself listening to it about 5 times the first day I got it. The band has really outdone themselves...this is a cd that is a must have in your collection!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Opaline" is a pleasure to the ears. Every song works. My favorite song is "Nashville Skyline", but "Home"; "Angels Or Devils" and "Somewhere In The Middle" are also terrific. Dishwalla is fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album i think that everyone should buy it has alot of soft songs but if you are into just chillin in your room this is the right c-d for you, it also helps me mellow out if im like going to bed or sumthing. Dishwallas other albums seem to be more hard rock but they have a soft side too! Click here to get more info http://www.dishwalla.com/vlp/