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Album Review

Howie Day began his career as an experimental songwriter, using loop pedals and digital effects to turn his guitar into a lush, layered instrument. Even when the material wasn't top-notch, his solo shows frequently were, and Day sharpened his act by canvassing the college circuit for years. Following his signing to Epic Records, he streamlined his approach, taking the spotlight away from his acoustic guitar and focusing instead on smooth, massively orchestrated pop/rock — and 2003'sStop All the World Now went gold as a result. Sound the Alarm follows in those steps, featuring 11 songs that brim with studio polish and mega-sized hooks. Tracks were composed with a handful of collaborators in L.A., New York, London, Minneapolis, and Bloomington, and the results are prime radio fodder, even if two of the best numbers here — the piano ballad "Everybody Loves to Love a Lie" and the Verve-influenced "Counting on Me" — are the album's most unconventional songs.

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Howie Day is one the most underrated musicians out there. The pure heart that oozes out of his lyrics and music is inspiring. Beginning to end "Sound The Alarm" keeps you listening. The beauty of this album as well as "Stop All The World Now" is that they can be played at dinner and make great easy listnening background music. But then when you have the time, and the stereo, you crank up the volume and just sit and listen, and he literally carries you away. Buy this album, it will be an active member of your library for a long time.

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Born: January 15, 1981 in Bangor, ME

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Like Patty Griffin before him, singer/songwriter Howie Day emerged from the country quietude of Bangor, Maine, and entered both Boston's coffeehouse scene and the world of folk music. Unlike Griffin, however, Day stretched the boundaries of acoustic music from the very start, often using loop pedals in concert to create lush, layered sounds with a single guitar. He later expanded that sound to include electric instruments, strings, and a full backing band, a move that resulted in such pop/rock hits...
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