12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s a sign of the times when a smart, compelling, and established songwriter like David Mead has to rely on fans to fund an album. Yet that’s the story behind 2011’s Dudes, a release that nonetheless doesn’t show any shortcuts; it’s a well-produced collection that takes a few great turns. The racy “No One Roxx This Town No More,” written with Bill DeMain, tells the story of an ‘80s hair metal dude, while the melody comes straight from Curtis Mayfield. The piano ballad “The Smile of Rachael Ray” finds “a beacon on the bay” in the face of America’s most famous TV cook while the singer’s world falls apart. “King of the Crosswords” cranks up the piano-based power pop. With screeching lead guitar, “Happy Birthday, Marty Ryan” struts with the defiance of late-‘70s Joe Jackson, as Ryan admits the years are piling on. “Guy on Guy” closes in on the deviant area where Ray Davies once excelled. If anything, being fan-financed has let Mead write the toughest and most confrontational songs of his career. A highlight.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s a sign of the times when a smart, compelling, and established songwriter like David Mead has to rely on fans to fund an album. Yet that’s the story behind 2011’s Dudes, a release that nonetheless doesn’t show any shortcuts; it’s a well-produced collection that takes a few great turns. The racy “No One Roxx This Town No More,” written with Bill DeMain, tells the story of an ‘80s hair metal dude, while the melody comes straight from Curtis Mayfield. The piano ballad “The Smile of Rachael Ray” finds “a beacon on the bay” in the face of America’s most famous TV cook while the singer’s world falls apart. “King of the Crosswords” cranks up the piano-based power pop. With screeching lead guitar, “Happy Birthday, Marty Ryan” struts with the defiance of late-‘70s Joe Jackson, as Ryan admits the years are piling on. “Guy on Guy” closes in on the deviant area where Ray Davies once excelled. If anything, being fan-financed has let Mead write the toughest and most confrontational songs of his career. A highlight.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Ratings
30 Ratings
bobbym ,

Great!

A great new collection of interesting songs! What could be better?

Michael Basso ,

More good stuff from an under-appreciated musician

I honestly do not understand how David Mead is not a more popular artist. He has one of the keenest ears for pop hooks of any musician who has emerged in the last 20 years. He sings exceptionally well, and his lyrics possess depth and emotional acuity. His songs are arranged masterfully. This album is no exception. It is good stuff. His music is candy you never tire of consuming. No, I'm not related, and no, i do not harbor some skeevy secret flame for him.

Utterlylinda ,

This should be on every Best of 2011 list

Great melodic pop with impeccable production. Smart lyrics that tell slice-of-life stories set to arrangements perfectly tuned to match the mood. From the very happy morning person of "I Can't Wait" to the consequences of a bad decision in "Knee Jerk Reaction", it's a great musical ride.

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