Duke, William / Dark Beautiful Sun, The
Album: Dark Beautiful Sun, The   Collection:General
Artist:Duke, William   Added:Jan 2016

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The Golden Ring
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Sons And Daughters

Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2016-01-06
“The Dark Beautiful Sun” William Duke
William Duke is a San Francisco-based musician who has been part of a number of bands in Northern California for many years. He was a co-founder of The Bye Bye Blackbirds, a solid guitar rock band out of Oakland, and has released two previous solo albums. His latest, The Dark Beautiful Sun, is excellent, guitar-driven folk-rock — with polished production and thought-provoking lyrics. Influences and similarities include softer Wilco, Traveling Wilburys, and Tom Petty — and even Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield. Lots of great tracks to discover.
— Francis

Recommended: 1, 2, 6, 8, 5, 9, 4, 10 No FCCs detected.

1. (4:07) The Golden Ring – Starts as bright, upbeat pop-rock with a steady backbeat and a distinctive ringing guitar. Shift gears suddenly at 1:45, slowing and adding sustained Hammond organ chords as it turns melancholy. ****
2. (3:55) The Dark Beautiful Sun – Up-tempo, guitar-driven rock. Handclaps. Harmonized lead vocals and Beach Boys-like backing harmonies. Nice tempo changes. ****
3. (1:03) Kyoto Sunrise – Instrumental. Fingerpicked guitar, synth strings and a conga drum rhythm.
4. (3:45) Sons and Daughters – Warm, jangly folk-rock in the style of Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Byrds, or Buffalo Springfield. **
5. (4:26) Many Years Away – Country-tinged rock like out of the early 1970s. Great lead guitar solo in the middle. ***
6. (3:31) The Truth Comes Out at Night – Really reminiscent of Tom Petty. Strumming guitar and mysterious organ setting up a sense of foreboding. Filtered vocals. Transitions to bouncy folk-rock number. ***
7. (3:45) Just Lookin’ for Some Sleep – Jangly folk-pop with rich backing harmonies.
8. (3:19) The Great Escape – Fantastic folk-rock. Strummed guitars. Pedal steel-like guitar. A melody that instantly gets under your skin. ***
9. (3:57) Summer Side of Life – Appealing cover of the Gordon Lightfoot tune. Fuller sound than the original with harmonized lead vocals. Great bass line. ***
10. (5:00) Your Laughter Fills the Room – Wistful and poignant. “There’s a storm that’s coming soon/And your laughter fills the room/And our dear friends, they can’t seem to turn away.” Electric piano accompaniment. Harmonized choruses. **
11. (2:28) 1977 – Instrumental. Sprawling synthesizer and Mellotron, plus fingerpicked, acoustic guitar.

Track Listing
1. The Golden Ring   6. The Truth Comes Out At Night
2. The Dark Beautiful Sun   7. Just Looking' For Some Sleep
3. Kyoto Sunrise   8. The Great Escape
4. Sons And Daughters   9. The Summer Side Of Life
5. Many Years Away   10. Your Laughter Fills The Room
  11. 1977