Doubletake – So Many Roads [1993]

DOUBLETAKE_SMR1Country USA          

Style AOR

Rating 82/100

Band Members Brent Samperi – Bass,Percussion,Backing Vocals # 12, Brett Axelson – Lead/Backing Vocals,Guitar Solos # 5, 12, Mark Russell – Guitars,Backing Vocals,Lead Vocals # 5,Keys # 5 & 8, Paul Schulz – Drums,Percussion,Backing Vocals # 2

Additional Musicians Joe Morales – Sax on ‘So Many Roads’, Chip Bolan – Keyboards, Theresa Tyll – Girl on phone, John Viehweg – Percussion,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Intro (0:25), 02. Living In A Black And White Movie (4:16), 03. She’s Got The Love (3:11), 04. Julia (4:18), 05. People (5:15), 06. She’s Hopin’ (4:00), 07. The Call (1:05), 08. Mistake (3:09), 09. I Can’t See Tomorrow (5:26), 10. Night Games (3:28), 11. Don’t Wanna Dance Alone (4:17), 12. So Many Roads (5:41)

Profile This Austin band one and only rare album (Private Release) has fetched ridiculous prices at auction sites in the past. I have mixed feelings about this one. Sometimes gets me bored, sometimes I enjoy most the tracks. They sound like a mix between Firehouse, Worrall and Tall Stories to give you an idea, but not so ‘commercial’.

The good thing about this band is the interesting structure of the songs, based on rock of course, but not the typically that you expect. “Living In A Black And White Movie” has an articulated bridge sounding dangerously grunge, but it’s very melodic and the song works. I don’t like “She’s Got The Love”. But “Julia” is a great tune, one of the highlights here, melodic with tight vocal harmonies and strong guitar parts. A very very good song. “People” is better than you might think at first listen. Acoustically layered, sounds a lot like NELSON. Good one. “Mistake” is a simple rocker, but skillfully arranged, again, different from the usual in this genre. “So Many Roads” is a slow-motion tune with very nice guitar solos and a sax part that fits the tune perfectly, complementing the 6 strings. I like this one, to listen with a bottle of bourbon in hand.

Very good and accurate production for an indie, the band took almost a year to record this disc, and everything sounds polished, good mixing as well. “So Many Roads” was re-issued not so long ago, but ironically the transfer sounds flat compared to the original press by BillPaso Records.

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