10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Spokane, WA native opens Metal & Wood with the subtly soulful “Running Around In My Dreams,” a wistful serenade enveloped in a love-at-first-sight narrative where he finally meets the muse of his recurring dreams. The title track deviates from romantic themes to focus on more socially conscious and political subject matter — some of which is pretty heavy — but contrasted with the breezy groove of his acoustic tones he avoids sounding preachy, coming off like an earnest troubadour hopeful that a peaceful future is possible for the next generation. “Give Me One Reason” is a beautiful standout that boasts guest singer Jason Reeves adding some heavenly harmonies, especially in the song’s ascending chorus where Wells and Reeves sing so closely that a third overtone pops out from their vocal braiding. “Let Go” downshifts into a deeply moving number that touches on the difficulty of ending relationships and saying goodbye, but the song’s silver lining pulses in spare acoustic arpeggios, stripped down string accompaniment, and Wells’ poetic lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Spokane, WA native opens Metal & Wood with the subtly soulful “Running Around In My Dreams,” a wistful serenade enveloped in a love-at-first-sight narrative where he finally meets the muse of his recurring dreams. The title track deviates from romantic themes to focus on more socially conscious and political subject matter — some of which is pretty heavy — but contrasted with the breezy groove of his acoustic tones he avoids sounding preachy, coming off like an earnest troubadour hopeful that a peaceful future is possible for the next generation. “Give Me One Reason” is a beautiful standout that boasts guest singer Jason Reeves adding some heavenly harmonies, especially in the song’s ascending chorus where Wells and Reeves sing so closely that a third overtone pops out from their vocal braiding. “Let Go” downshifts into a deeply moving number that touches on the difficulty of ending relationships and saying goodbye, but the song’s silver lining pulses in spare acoustic arpeggios, stripped down string accompaniment, and Wells’ poetic lyrics.

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3:45
3:41
4:23
2:44
4:09
4:18
4:06
3:47
2:54

About Tyrone Wells

The son of a preacher and the youngest of five children, Tyrone Wells was only allowed to listen to gospel music growing up in Spokane, WA, although he was eventually also exposed to artists like Stevie Wonder and James Taylor. As a teenager he moved to Fullerton, CA, to attend college, and soon joined the Christian rock band Skypark as the lead singer. After releasing a few records with the group, including two on Epic, Wells decided to leave Skypark and work on his solo material. He began performing at a local Fullerton coffeehouse, McClain's, on a weekly basis, and soon was selling his self-released albums at these shows. In 2003, after signing to True America, Wells issued Snapshot, and in 2005 Close: Live at McClain's came out. That same year the singer/songwriter set about on working on his next full-length, Hold On, revisiting songs he had been writing during the past two years. Wells' big break came in 2006 after performing at the National Association of Campus Activities Convention in Boston, when he was approached by several major labels. Eventually he chose Universal Republic, which sent Hold On to stores in early 2007, following it with Remain in 2009. ~ Marisa Brown

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