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Album Review

The cover of Chicago folk-pop quartet Down the Line's third album, For All You Break, shows an x-ray of a broken limb, but that doesn't seem to be the kind of break primary songwriters Dan Myers and Dave Rothkopf had in mind; these are men with broken hearts. In song after song, written separately or, in the sole case of "Slip on Through" (in which romantic betrayal is compared to a drug deal gone wrong), together, Myers and Rothkopf describe the agonies of romance. The lyrics tend to be brief and repetitive, and they rely on simple metaphors. "She wears the sun," Myers sings in the song of that title, "All I do is sit and watch her shine." But the words seem less important than the playing and the arrangements, which are hook-filled and engaging. Occasionally, for instance in "Give in Again," listeners will recognize the influence of John Mayer. But mostly Down the Line manage an ensemble sound all their own, with Rothkopf and Levi Britton's acoustic guitars supported by Derek Fawcett's djembe and Myers' various instruments — harmonica, violin, mandolin — adding other acoustic colors. (For the album, guest drummer Blake Cooper helps drive the rhythms and ground the sound.) The vocal arrangements leave space for the lead singers while adding attractive harmonies. This is kinetic, inventive pop that will satisfy those who have caught Down the Line in their Midwest appearances and broaden their following.

Customer Reviews

What Can't DTL DO??

I remember seeing this group perform in one of my classes showcasing their first album and winning it for free. Having now progressed to their third one, I am continually impressed with their ability to make amazing music and not have it all sound the same. This album I would argue is better in that every song is worth listening too while on most CD's there are 2-3 good ones and the rest are just Cd fillers. Do yourself a favor, buy this album and watch this group continue to get better

Down The Line are the real deal!

I was in a band in Milwaukee for about 8 years, and Down the Line is, by FAR, the best band we ever shared a stage with. And believe me...That's saying something. These guys not only have peerless songwriting and performance chops, they make it look EASY. You will not see a band onstage that is tighter, or one that clearly has more fun making music. I heard them once, and was a fan for life. Their discs are all exceptional examples of pop/rock/soul songcraft with a touch of bluegrass thrown in for flavor, and "For All You Break" is no exception. But don't take my word for it. Whatever you need to do to make it happen, get out and see them onstage. To see Down the Line perform is to be present at a masterclass for musical showmanship that you'll never forget. Whatever "IT" is, they've got it in spades. Nice guys, too.

By far the best DTL album!

ive been into this band from the begining,and they just get better and better. For all u break is by far the best,not to knock welcome to flavor town,or remember my name,both albums still clearly awsome,for all u break takes the cake! 4 very talented souls,who all are very soulful,and will be around for sometime!!!!!


Formed: 2001 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Calling their style of music "acoustic pop," Chicago-based quartet Down the Line (Levi Britton, Derek Fawcett, Dan Myers, and Dave Rothkopf, none of them Chicago natives) use electricity only for the bass guitar, otherwise relying on acoustic guitars, djembe, harmonica, mandolin, and violin, plus their voices. It's an approach that has given them a distinctive sound in their own shows and as opening act for such compatible artists as America, Pat Benatar, Ben Folds, Peter Frampton, and Colin Hay....
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Mar 12, 2007

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