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Wilkerson
 
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Price: $13.00
Artist: Danny Wilkerson
 
 
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Stand-alone CD version of what’s already being hailed as “what might just turn out to be the finest album of 2018”!  Danny Wilkerson is a Texas native who has been making music for many years (most notably as a drummer/vocalist for the Pengwins, a pop band that includes labelmate Lannie Flowers).  Kudos go out to John Borack who, in our opinion, sums the record up beautifully “Sometimes an album is just so good – so perfect in nearly every way – that I feel the need to shout it from the rooftop. So please excuse me for a moment while I climb to that rooftop to praise Danny Wilkerson’s most excellent 10-song debut, a record that floored me on first listen, and one that should be a cause for celebration for fans of well-crafted, supremely melodic, lyrically meaningful pop music.  Several years in the making, great care has been taken with every aspect of its creation, from the deeply felt songwriting, magnificent performances, and gloriously expansive arrangements and production down to the pristine-sounding mastering. He was more than ably assisted during the songwriting and recording phase of the record by singer/songwriter/producer Bleu McAuley, whose imprint is all over the powerfully intoxicating songs.  Other luminaries offering vocal and instrumental support include Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish); Joe Seiders (The New Pornographers); Jesse McGinty; the Boston Symphony Strings; and Pat Buchanan (Idle Jets, Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Don Henley).  While the contributions from his supporting cast are certainly impressive, it’s Danny’s vision – always positive, upbeat and thought-provoking – that makes this album the special gift that it is.  Influences are plentiful – Beatles, ELO, Burt Bacharach, Jellyfish, and various ‘70s and ‘80s hitmakers – but are never overpowering.  Rather, they’re sweet little musical nods to those who have inspired Wilkerson and Bleu.  Wilkerson’s pure, emotive lead vocals appear right out of the box.  Opener ‘Everybody Loves to Love,’ begins with a Bacharach-inspired flugelhorn bit, then moves on to a jaunty, Jellyfish-informed verse which feeds into a chorus that just may have been inspired by Tears for Fears’ ‘Sowing the Seeds of Love.’  But before the listener gets too comfortable, the tune takes a quick detour into more rocking, almost surf music territory, with Wilkerson intoning, “I’m just looking for a sitar and a Hofner/a Rickenbacker and a giant stack of ‘ahhhs’” – which, of course, is followed by giants stacks of said “ahhhs,” delivered in a near Queen-like fashion. From there, the song takes a mellower turn, with Roger Manning’s ethereal keyboards taking center stage until the song winds to a conclusion. Not unlike one of Paul McCartney’s late ‘60s/early ‘70s episodic pieces, a wonderfully evocative piece of work that neatly folds the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s into one five-minute tune that sounds wholly current. And that’s just the first song!  From there, the hits just keep on comin’ – and as a matter of fact, the next number, ‘Enough for Somebody,’ is a joyous romp that fairly explodes from the speakers, and is hooked by McGinty’s horns, a wonderful melody and Wilkerson’s confident vocals. ‘Endless Haze’ is a powerful, cautionary tale of drowning in the bottle, with some clever lyrical turns (“When I pour, it rains” and “I can’t outrun my makers mark”) and an ‘Eleanor Rigby’-inspired string quartet as the sole instrumental accompaniment. ‘You Still Owe Me a Kiss’ is another full-bodied pop song with an unshakeable chorus, and ‘When Your Number’s Up’ is a lovely rumination on life and death, with a quirky little mid-song interlude that recalls McCartney’s ‘Woke up, got out of bed…’ bit on ‘A Day in the Life.’  The ebullient ‘Too Much of a Good Thing’ sounds like some sort of perfect world intersection of Supertramp, 10cc and ELO at their poppiest. ‘How She Lost My Heart’ has an insistent melody and a distinctly psychedelic vibe, with a ‘Ticket to Ride’-styled drumbeat throughout.  A vaguely McCartneyesque influence is apparent on the mid-tempo ‘Carry the One’ (with a strong vocal performance from Wilkerson and some tasty massed backing vocals), and ‘Let it Go Tonight’ is a strong contender for ‘Best of Show’ honors. With an acoustic guitar figure reminiscent of Tom Petty’s ‘Free Fallin’’ and some sharp slide guitar action from Bleu, the tune glides along on another memorable melody.  The disc closes out with an absolutely gorgeous, ‘circle of life’ number titled ‘Comes in Waves.’ Over nothing more than a beautiful Roger Manning piano figure and Isaiah Gage’s perfectly placed cello, Wilkerson (with Manning also providing some beautiful backing vocals on the bridge) turns the song into an emotional, near-spiritual experience. Simply lovely, and a fitting capper to a wonderful album that truly is a feast for the ears.”  GREAT!!


 
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Price: $11.00
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Description:

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Price: $16.00
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Description:

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Price: $16.00
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Description:

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Price: $15.00
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Price: $13.00
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Price: $13.00
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Description:

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Price: $15.00
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Description:

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Price: $13.00
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Description:

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Price: $15.00
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Description:

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Price: $11.00
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Description:

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Price: $11.00
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Description:

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Price: $12.00
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Description:

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Price: $18.50
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Price: $12.00
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Description:

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Price: $11.00
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Description:

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Price: $17.00
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Description:

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Price: $10.00
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Description:

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Price: $10.00
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Description:

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Price: $11.00
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Description:

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Price: $8.00
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Description:

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Price: $10.00
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Description:

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Price: $13.00
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Description:

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Price: $14.00
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Description:

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Price: $0.00
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Description:

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Price: $15.00
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Description:

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Price: $17.00
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Description:

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Price: $16.00
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Description:

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Price: $16.00
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Description:

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Price: $11.00
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Description:

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Price: $12.00
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Description:

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Price: $14.00
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Description:

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Price: $15.00
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Description:

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Price: $15.00
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Description:

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Price: $6.00
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Description:

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Price: $11.00
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Description:

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Price: $14.00
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Price: $14.00
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Description:

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Price: $12.00
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Description:

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Price: $15.00
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Description:

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Price: $15.00
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Description:

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Price: $12.00
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Description:

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Price: $11.00
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Description:

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