The self-titled record has plenty of familiar sounds. The opening track, "Dancer Disappears", is typical Wareham. It's a moody, arty number that features those distinctive nasally vocals. The unhurried pace of "Heartless People" and "Love Is Not a Roof Against the Rain" are right in his wheelhouse.
"Holding Pattern" is the most energetic track on the album. The complicated arrangements make the melody swell like a great heaving tide.
Things do get a little bit different with "Beat the Devil". The song still has the top coat of Wareham's style, but it feels like it has the heart and soul of a whimsical country song. That is revisited with the banjo mix of "Happy & Free" (available only as a digital bonus).
The most 'out-there' track is "I Can Only Give You My All". This time, Wareham gives a pyshcedlic rock effort with a bit of a Ravi Shankar influence. It's an incredibly refreshing sound.
Dean Wareham holds a little bit for everybody. Long-time fans will appreciate the familiar sounds, while he's included just enough new touches to make the album fresh and engaging. It's a nice first foray into solo work.
Dean Wareham plays the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on April 9th.
Best tracks: "Holding Pattern", "I Can Only Give You My All"
Track listing for Dean Wareham:
- Dancer Disappears
- Beat the Devil
- Heartless People
- My Eyes Are Blue
- Love Is Not a Roof Against the Rain
- Holding Pattern
- I Can Only Give You My All
- Babes In the Woods
- Happy & Free