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First time around, Lee DeWyze sounded like a fusion of Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer -- a commercial enough mix that nevertheless failed to spark much interest, even though the singer/songwriter had just won the ninth season of American Idol. Three years on, when Lee DeWyze delivered his second major-label album Frames in the summer of 2013, guys with acoustic guitars were all the rage, but there's a difference. No longer were sensitive singer/songwriters strumming their guitars; instead, the mainstream was filled with big-footed acoustic stomps, a sound pioneered by Mumford & Sons. Savvy guy that he is, DeWyze reimagines himself as one of these rowdy roots renegades on Frames, opening up the album with "Fight," a song that flies into overdrive as soon as the drums start crashing and the chorus starts chanting. "Fight" is hardly the only song with a Lumineers luster. Much of the first half of Frames is devoted to clanging acoustic guitars and syncopated, foot-stamping rhythms, and DeWyze eagerly throws himself into the fray, roaring these songs like a true believer. Of course, he's equally committed to the slight feints at Coldplay-styled arena rock, and also sounds convincing on the pure pop songs "You Don't Know Me" and "The Ride," big tuneful, Beatlesque numbers that are the catchiest things here. That they're also the best kind of undercuts the impression that DeWyze is now a be-vested troubadour, but it doesn't really matter as the unstated thesis on Frames is that the Am Idol winner will do anything for a hit. He's wisely placed most of his chips on Mumford/Lumineers, but he has a stack riding on hook-laden AAA pop; if either happen to get him where he wants to be, he'll be fine with that and will roll with the changes next time around.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
Label: Welk Records
UPC: 0015707830225
catalogNumber: 783022
Rank: 179261

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee DeWyze   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Piano,Cello,Drums,Vocals,Bells,Hammond B3
Matthew Wilder   Bass,Guitar,Piano
Phil Allen   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Drums,Electric Guitar
Paul Cartwright   Fiddle
Jim Scott   Tambourine,Marxophone
Jonathan Flaugher   Bass,Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Julian Emery   Electric Guitar
Jordan Katz   Banjo,Trumpet
Philip Dizack   Trumpet
Rick Seibold   Banjo,Guitar,Percussion
Drew Pearson   Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Slide Guitar
Jessi Collins   Background Vocals
Jim Irvin   Background Vocals
Ross Holmes   Fiddle
Marco Meneghin   Drums
Matt Menefee   Banjo
Lincoln Cleary   Keyboards
Michael McGarity   Drums

Technical Credits

Matthew Wilder   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Phil Allen   Producer,MIDI Production,Additional Production
Paul Cartwright   String Arrangements
Julian Emery   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jordan Katz   Horn Arrangements
Shelly Fairchild   Composer
Toby Gad   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Philip Dizack   Horn Arrangements
Carrie Smith   Art Direction
Lee DeWyze   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Rick Seibold   Composer,Programming,Producer
Drew Pearson   Composer,Producer
Justin Irvin   Composer
Zero   Producer,Additional Production

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