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CD REVIEW: Tyne Darling - The Secret November
By Cyrus Rhodes - 08/10/2012 - 03:52 PM EDT

Artist: Tyne Darling
Album: The Secret November
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Acoustic folk/pop
Sounds Like: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, R.E.M, Elvis Costello
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: L.E.S, The Highline, Echo Gold
Weakness: Winded Songs, Repetitive Songs, Repetitive Vocal Delivery
CD Review: Milwaukee based singer/songwriter Tyne Darling just released his latest CD entitled The Secret November in 2012. After years of cutting his teeth on Punk Rock Darling shifts gears here with his latest effort. Darlning is no stranger to the music business as many of the songs from the 12 track set have already been licensed to MTV, VH1, E!, Discovery and Bravo.

The CD kicks things off with “L.E.S” a fascinating intro piece that serves up steady rock rhythm, against infectious vocal vibe with catchy vocal groove from Darling. Track 2 “Three 2” keeps things moving with it’s methodical musical build against soothing beat painted against hooky melody, and a brilliant melodic vocal performance. This coupled with mesmerizing lyrical content makes for a very interesting follow-up statement. Track 3 “Echo Gold” serves up heartfelt blues-rock groove that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition with hypnotic horn section via a grand slam chorus. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts such as Elvis Costello, NickCave, Cake, To Petty and the Heartbreakers and R.E.M. Right from the start you will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere, full of passion, variety and strong melodic structure. The songs themselves are addictive, and packed full of zany and entertaining lyrical content and subject matter that simply cannot be faked. The music itself is an impressive blend of rock, alternative rock with just a dash Industrial and Ambient Rock. Along the way besides the typical 4 piece standard you will notice well placed percussive accents and electronic beats, impressive organ, horns, keyboards, solo guitar, well placed vocal harmonies all built upon a solid low-end rhythm section. Darling makes no attempt at sugar coating the truth via his music, instead he lets it all hang out with reckless abandon and trippy lamentation. His voice works well within the confines of this upbeat yet melancholy catalogue. I might add he takes some impressive vocal risks throughout the CD as well. No doubt Darling can hold his own vocally, as I didn’t fail to notice a few well-placed harmonies and a vocal timber that lets it all hang out. Enter Darlings musicianship and production virtuoso - equally as impressive. What I like most about the music is its sheer unpredictability and amazing amount of originality. Song for song you can never really predict what’s waiting for you around the next corner. Also present a barrage of sonic touches, percussive elements, and eccentric attitude. From rocking “The Highline” to compelling “Rollers” to grooving “Untitled” to heartfelt “Clifton” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 “The New York Palace” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.  

It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses with this latest release. All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Some of the songwriting and lyrical can come across as being a bit repetitive. It’s fair to say Darling’s vocal delivery is a bit repetitive overall.

The Secret November from Tyne Darling is an impressive musical production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – the amazing creative genius of Darling. He possesses enough musical talent and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. The music is clean, goes down smooth, and is full of amazing musical soundscapes that come at you from every direction. The messages are passionate, honest, and amazingly witty - all from a brilliantly zany perspective. The true meaning of some of these songs is buried deep within the lyrical content and is not so easily pinned down the first listen. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that can show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Tyne Darling is one of those artist.  

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