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What a surprise!!
on July 2, 2006
Donavon Frankenreiter's voice and unique guitar style made his self-titled, first studio release an undeniable force in the world of mellow music. But his sophomore offering unshackles DF from the grouping chains that binded him to be just another Jack Johnson-alike musician. Even though his voice sounds alot like JJ's, Donavon's voice is much clearer and very smooth and heartfelt.
This album is much different than his first album. While the first album is very beachy and almost reliant on his guitar skill, this second album is much more...funky. It is packed full with keyboards and pianos and the bass is extremely hard on this album and its perfect. It is a very refreshing metamorphisis.
This album is on Lost Highway Records, instead of Jack Johnson's Brushfire. And I personally believe that DF tried to breakaway from being clumped with Jack's style. He clearly shows that he can make your feet stomp in a completely different way than Jack.
The big thing about this album is that not one song seems forced and everything just flows. Donavon's voice is just so pure and every part of the album has clearly been optimized to perfection. Bass, organ,keyboard,drums, you name it. Everything sounds unique and utilized to the fullest.
Easily the best tracks are "Beautiful Day","The Way It Is","Move By Yourself","That's Too Bad","All Around Us."
This album is definately not like his first, but it is so refreshing to have an artist like Donavon to mix up some of his stuff and show us something...cool! This album has everything you like from DF, and some funk to it too. I can't tell you a big flaw with this album, because I personally think there aren't any.
If you are a fan of Jack Johnson, A.L.O. and G.Love, and especially open-minded to something not EXACTLY like what you've heard, then ick it up. You will definately not regret it!