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Born On Earth

Rusty Anderson

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Album Review

Rusty Anderson has played in a handful of bands over the years (most notably Ednaswap and Animal Logic), but he's best known as a sideman and a session musician, having worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Santana, and Jewel. On his first solo album, Undressing Underwater, Anderson was able to call in a few favors and persuade a few of his former employers (most notably McCartney and Stuart Copeland) to help him out. But Anderson's second effort, 2010's Born on Earth, demonstrates that he doesn't need marquee names to make a worthwhile album. Born on Earth follows the same path as Undressing Underwater, which is to say it's all over the map — you get pop tunes decorated by both strings and big roaring guitars (the title cut), grandiose orchestral pop melodies ("Baggage Claim"), easygoing bachelor pad grooves ("Julia Roberts"), electric grooves bolstered by Auto-Tuned vocals and vintage synthesizers ("Funky Birthday Cake"), introspective folk-pop ("Where Would We Go?"), and not readily classifiable instrumental thundering ( "Intro"). The common threads between these 11 songs are Anderson's sure hand with a melody, his witty and slightly off-kilter lyrical perspective, and his considerable gifts as a player. Anderson's guitar solos sound both passionate and intelligently constructed on these sessions, and he handles an impressive share of the additional accompaniment himself, while the extra hands on deck show that he has learned a few valuable things about choosing sidemen. Born on Earth is canny, intelligent music with a rocker's sense of drama and brawn sitting side by side with a popmeister's knack for the clever hook and smart lyrical conceit; it's fun music that never slights your intelligence or your appetite for the grand gesture.

Customer Reviews

Loving it.

Rusty's music has been playing in my studio and at the art gallery almost nonstop since I downloaded the album two months ago and I've been dancing ever since. In fact, the album title, song titles and lyrics are inspiring my latest series of wax paintings called "Rusty Landscapes" including "Born on Earth," "A Story to Tell" and "New Beginning."

Born On Earth - Rusty Anderson

If your looking for a great album, this is it! Great sound, great production, guitars sound awesome. Who knew this guys vocals would be so good!
Theres no filler, every song is amazingly terrific. Highlights for me are Baggage Claim, Where Would We Go, Julia Roberts (I wonder if she's heard this?) and New Beginning. Thruthfully, next week I'll probably favor other songs on this CD. Overall, it's great beginning to end. I cant believe it's not on the top of the charts! One of my all time faves. I highly reccomend this CD!

Awesome !!

Love Intro of course and into White Star this far .. Love that sexy voice too !!


Born: 1958 in La Habra, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Guitarist and songwriter Rusty Anderson is a musician who has balanced a well-respected career on his own with a very successful part-time gig as a sideman and studio musician, which has seen him work with everyone from Paul McCartney to Neil Diamond. Rusty Anderson grew up in La Habra, CA, and in the mid-'70s formed his first band, a hard rock outfit called Eulogy, when he was only 13. Eulogy won a sizable local following and earned an audition with Arista Records head Clive Davis, but the band...
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