James Lee Stanley has been around the block a few times. His first album appeared on Wooden Nickle records (home to the early Styx albums) in 1974. He worked in the Cali-pop galaxy that predominated the scene at that time, yet something wonderful slowly happened in the ensuing decades. James Lee Stanley just kept getting better and better. With "Backstage At The Resurrection," he hits a fresh peak.
Working the rich folkish vein he's been mining since the mid-90's, James continues to find new depths in his songwriting. In particular, there are two songs on "Backstage" that really strike me. The title track is a political screed that taunts with Bob Dylan lyrical imagery and a hard-driving guitar solo by Len Ruckel at its conclusion. Then there is "What Would You Do?," a song so invigorating and uplifting, it could easily be gospel. Like the call for balance, "Change," on 2007's "The Eternal Contradiction," "What Would You Do?" is a thing of beauty.
"Backstage At The Resurrection" handles its messages with an adept hand, as James' voice glides silky-light above it. From Memphis blues to snappy pop to the expert folk that inhabits "Backstage," James Lee Stanley has crafted a terrific album that his fans and acoustical music types will fully enjoy.
The fantastic CD, "Backstage At the Resurrection," is the latest album by talented artist James Lee Stanley. This album is filled with excellent easy listening Pop/Rock music that is well crafted with melodic melodies, laid back vocals and tight harmonies, and smooth grooves. Opening up the CD, "BackHand Man," hits you right away with brilliant harmonies and an easy flowing rhythm. Another song, "Coming Out of Hiding," has a silky rhythm with soulful vocals, sweet guitar riffs, and subtle drum beats. The title track, "Backstage At the Resurrection," has a vibrant and energetic feel while the lead vocals sing with a strong and expressive intonation. This album has a nice blend of songs and leaves you wanting to hear more from this artist. If you are a fan of Steely Dan or the Doobie Brothers, then you will really enjoy the fabulous Pop/Rock songs on the CD, "Backstage At the Resurrection." Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team [...]