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Album Review

Not everyone is able to remake themselves as thoroughly — or as well — as Warren Zanes did with his debut solo album Memory Girls, in which the rowdy roots rocker-turned-academic returned to music after a decade-plus layoff with a literate and richly melodic collection of songs in a variety of styles and moods. Zanes demonstrates that his impressive return to the recording studio was no fluke with his second solo set, People That I'm Wrong For, which is a slightly more streamlined but equally satisfying set. Zanes has a knack for writing smart but bracing pop tunes which have enough force to make them connect but plenty of open melodic space at the same time, and the mind-body balance of "Things Nobody Named Yet," "Ella's Arms," "Carrying Me/Carrying You," and "Fool the Moon" is impressive indeed. Zanes writes about relationships with the wisdom and experience of an adult, but his passion for the subject hasn't changed much since his days in the Del Fuegos, and his musical partners help him deliver the goods on this material (especially guitarist Daniel Tashian, bassist Brad Jones, and drummer Bryan Owings). People That I'm Wrong For was recorded in a mere five days, but you'd never guess that listening to it — the songs are superbly crafted, the playing is tautly energetic and expert, the production is polished without sounding overly slick, and Zanes sings with commitment, authority, and heart — plenty of people with months to devote to cutting an album haven't been able to come up with something as resonant and rewarding as this.

Customer Reviews

Great Stuff

This has to be one of the best alternative / pop CD's that I have heard in a long time. This is one that you can put on a listen to it all the way through without a problem. It is very well put together, and the lyrics are well thought out and meaningful. If you like Andrew Bird, Tim White, or bands like Embrace you will love this.

This album really grows on you...

If I could sum up this album in a word, I'd have to use the word: "subtle." At first listen, you're led to think that this is just basic, easy-listening, rock and roll. But I found a depth in the arrangements that has compelled me to listen to this album over and over again; each time, discovering new things going on in the music. This is what I love about truly gifted artists: The simplicity of their presentation belies the complex and sophisticated inner workings of their art. Warren Zanes really hit the mark on this album!


Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '00s

Warren Zanes was only 17 when he joined college roots rockers the Del Fuegos, the band led by his older brother, Dan. The group had a short, sharp run in the mid- to late '80s, but then vanished off the map. Zanes followed a similarly obscure path, pursuing his bachelor's degree, and then, bit by the bug of academia, continuing on to earn two master's degrees and a doctorate. (He earned a Ph.D. in visual and cultural studies in 2002 from the University of Rochester, and would eventually land a teaching...
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