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Dan Ryan, The / Guidance
Album:Guidance Collection:General
Artist:Dan Ryan, The Added:01/2018
Label:Cosmic Dreamer Music 

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2018-01-11 
INDIE PSYCHEDELIC FOLK

Singer-songwriter Nathan Dixey has named his Austin, Texas-based band after a freeway in his hometown of Chicago. The Austin Chronicle says this album “squeezes the Grateful Dead's psych-folk over earnest Fleet Foxes fusion flavor.” I guess that sounds about right. High, breathy but pleasing vocals; electro-acoustic; some strumming, some fingerstyle. Lyrics (on inside cover) are often tough, critical, grieving.

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1 Mid-slow. Banjo-tone guitar; metronome drums. A harsh look at society. Gloomy. (5:17)
2 * Mid-slow. Strumming; pretty singing & melody. War is starting; is it literal? (5:15)
3 Slow. Sad, grieving lake-side thoughts. Something has gone terribly wrong. Eerie. (4:18)
4 ** Mid-tempo. Uplifting, hopeful protest song. Good lyrics; good ringing sound. (4:45)
5 * Mid-slow. Pretty, gentle folk-rock ballad about letting go of someone/something. (3:52)
6 * Mid-slow. Lovely fingerstyle guitar intro. Lyrics full of dark, Classical images. (6:06)
7 Very slow. Sad, plaintive request to (perhaps) a former lover. Spacey background. (4:53)
8. Slow. Another critical view of where we’re headed (like 1). Spooky pedal steel. (4:08)
9 Very slow. Ironic feel with old-time piano, sad trombone. More symbolic imagery. (5:05)

Track Listing
1.Ring Them Bells (Carrion Crow) 5.Oh Little One You Are Released
2.Lonely Height 6.Maker
3.Meditation Lake Mcdonald 7.Release Me
4.Guidance 8.Reckoning
 9.Elysian Fields