Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Album Review: Resolutions

Title: Resolutions (Paper + Plastick Records, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk, Wikipedia)

Dave Hause is probably best known for his work in The Loved Ones and Paint It Black, but earlier this year he joined the growing number of punk rockers picking up the acoustic guitar with his solo full-length debut Resolutions. Structurally Resolutions is closer to the work of Frank Turner than Chuck Ragan in that even though it is based around the acoustic guitar there are elements of pop, rock, and folk throughout (Turner's music is a similar mix of genres whereas Ragan's is full blown country/alt-country/Americana).  I first heard Hause thanks to the recent video of the 10/17 Revival Tour concert. In fact it was his performance of the song "C'mon Kid" that really grabbed me. 

Resolutions opens with an ode to growing older in “Time Will Tell,” a song that anyone reaching middle age should be able to identify with.  Next up is the love song “Melanin” and the aforementioned “C’mon Kid,” a song written for a friend working his way out of drug addiction.  The rest of the album continues in this same fashion with thoughtful and heartfelt lyrics that really hit home (for me at least).  This is an excellent record. 

Here are the videos for “C’Mon Kid” and “Time Will Tell.”  


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