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Album Review

Graham Colton's 2014 album, Lonely Ones, finds the Oklahoma-born singer/songwriter broadening his sonic palette to include a substantial mix of keyboards. The story goes that after Colton befriended Oklahoma's own Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Coyne lent him some keyboards and encouraged him to start writing new material with them. Having built his career writing sincere, melodic pop in the vein of John Mayer, the move toward a more indie rock-influenced sound is surprising, if not a completely left-field move for Colton. Certainly, Colton's 2007 effort, the admirable Here Right Now, featured a mix of keyboards and other sounds that revealed his love of '80s college rock, as well as the influence of more contemporary bands like the Shins and MGMT. However, Lonely Ones goes much further than anything Colton has done before in showcasing the more indie rock end of his influences. In that sense, with his use of piano and falsetto backing vocals, handclaps, and other production flourishes, Colton often sounds something akin to the Raconteurs' Brendan Benson fronting MGMT. Of course, some of the credit for the sound of Lonely Ones should go to Colton's producers and songwriting partners, Chad Copelin and Jarod Evans. Working together, Copelin and Evans help frame Colton's resonant, yearning vocals with layers of echo chamber-laden instrumentation and neo-psych atmospherics. Ultimately however, it's Colton's catchy yet always personal songs that draw you into this colorful sonic pastiche.

Customer Reviews

A departure, but a great one

If you're a fan of Graham Colton, you'll find this album is a genuine departure for him. However, you'll also find that this album is every bit as enjoyable as his previous releases. The songwriting is as evocative as ever, and the instrumentation has a new atmospheric sound that shows just how much he stretched himself with this recording. I look forward to hearing more of this new sound in subsequent releases... or maybe even something completely different once more. As a fan, I find Graham's growth exciting and am eager for more!

Change is good

This is definitely a new sound. It’s amazing how he can shift gears and still sound incredible. I made a good decision backing this project. Keep this stuff coming!

Graham Colton on a whole new level

Thanks to a kickstarted investment in Graham's new record, I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of what is beyond a shadow of a doubt his best record. The best way I can sum it up is... LONELY ONES elevates Graham's game from a talented pop sensible singer-songwriter to a full on musical force. Worth every penny.


Born: November 6, 1981 in Oklahoma City, OK

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Graham Colton is a passionate singer/songwriter with a bent toward melodic, guitar-based pop. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, he moved to Dallas to attend Southern Methodist University and met a local guitarist known only as Turtle. The two began writing songs together before hooking up with another guitarist, Drew Nichols. The fourth member of the soon to be named Graham Colton Band was teenage drummer Jordan Elder, who in turn brought in bassist Ryan Tallent. The Graham Colton Band built up a...
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