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Could this be the day I have waited for?-YES

Let me first say that my review doesn’t give Razia’s Shadow justice. No review can. No words can truly describe how well-written, how put together, and how meaningful this album is. Razia’s Shadow is amazing. It’s got a great story and an even deeper message. The lyrics are amazing, and the music just blows you away. Genesis immediately sets the tone of the record. It’s all about destiny, faith, and just following your dreams. The accentuation of the chorus awakens all parts of your mind, and you know right off the bat how great Razia’s Shadow is. The rest of the record is completely astonishing. The story gets deeper and deeper, and you just feel more and more involved as the songs go on. The narration really adds to the record. When Razia’s Shadow finishes with The End And The Beginning, you will be left speechless. The song is astoundingly complex, and the climax gets inside of you. The record ends with a command for you to carry on with the musical, live life to the fullest, and love with all of your heart. Replay this CD. You’ll love it more and more each time you give it a listen. Think about what the record says. You know it can connect with everyday life. Pass the CD on to some friends. Thomas Dutton deserves not only a round of applause, but also and standing ovation for the message he is trying to send out and for the pure creative genius that he is. Don’t miss out on the greatest record you will probably ever hear.

Different, but works beautifully.

Very few bands choose to completely change up their game at all; even fewer choose to do so on their sophomore effort. Forgive Durden, now consisting of only lyricist/vocalist/guitarist Thomas Dutton, is one band (solo project, perhaps?) that chooses to make this bold movement on their second full length album, “Razia‘s Shadow: A Musical“. Unlike the pop-punk/indie outing that was 2006’s Wonderland, Razia’s Shadow is, well, a musical. No electric guitars are found, and in their place are all the horns, piano, and string arrangements needed to make an extremely different album. While the majority of the orchestrated sounds are digital due to budget, Dutton brought in Gatsby’s American Dream drummer Rudy Gajadhar to play the standard drum kit for the album. Being a musical, Razia’s Shadow naturally has a storyline, and flows as a concept album. There are several characters integrated, and each character, with the exception of 2 which are played by Dutton, is played by a quite notable vocalist. These artists include, for example, Casey Crecenzo (The Dear Hunter), Max Bemis (Say Anything), Nic Newsham (Gatsby’s American Dream), Chris Conley (Saves The Day), and John Gourley (Portugal. The Man.). The story is told through dialogue in the first person perspective, so naturally, the lyrics are going to be limited somewhat in creativity. In a musical type setting, the lyrics aren’t so much a medium of emotion, but rather a way of progressing the story and telling events that occur. Some of the lines are fairly predictable, but little flaws like this can be overlooked. Razia’s Shadow is unlike any album to be released by a pop-punk or similarly labeled band. What Thomas Dutton (with the help of his brother, and some notable musicians) has created is an musical experiment that taps into his own creativity. He seems to not be concerned with what anyone thinks, or where the band has been, previously, and more focused on the music he wants to create and the tales he envisions, which, in this era of music, is very honorable. A lot of listeners may be turned off at the idea of a full blown musical, with show tunes, horns, violins, etc.; I was one of them. It’s not practical to fall in love with the album at first listen. It will take several play throughs to fully experience the tale of creation, love, and loss. Though it’s not a perfect story, or a story we’ve never heard before, it’s a very fascinating story that is extremely well thought out, especially for being written by a musician. Razia’s Shadow will take you on a hundred year, one hour journey through the creativity of the remaining member of Forgive Durden, Thomas Dutton, lyricist, vocalist, guitarist, and expressionist.

Wow. Just, Wow.

Probably one of my new favorite albums, my copy arrived today (I pre-ordered it from the FBR website), and I am on my fourth time listening to it. Not only does it have amazing music and catchy songs, the story is also interesting. The vocals in general, are outstanding. There are quite a few guest vocals, and all seemed to fit the part perfectly. My favorite songs off the album at the moment are The End and the Beginning, and Genesis. (I just realized these are the first and last songs on the album. x3 ) You can't really just buy one song on here because it is a story. One leads into the next; there are no gaps. It makes it seem more like a story, but I suppose it is also annoying for someone who doesn't know if they want to just buy a whole album by a band they've never heard before. If so, I would suggest you buy: Genesis- Not only is it amazing and one of my favorite songs off of the album, it's also the first song of the album so you don't get anything spoiled for you. ;D Or: Life is Looking Up- This song came when you pre-ordered it, and it doesn't spoil anything either. It's also a very good song. Anyway, I would completely recommend this album. I doubt you'll be disappointed. (Though I would suggest printing out the lyrics and reading them through as you listen to it for the first time. I tried to listen to it without the lyrics the first time and was slightly confused.)


Formed: 2003 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The Seattle-based pop/rock act Forgive Durden were formed in 2003 by leader vocalist/guitarist Thomas Dutton. Wishing to become more serious with his songwriting, Dutton soon found kindred musical spirits in schoolmate/bassist Jesse Bauer and drummer Andy Mannino. The trio debuted in September 2004 with an independently released seven-song EP, When You're Alone, You're Not Alone. After the addition of second guitarist Thomas Hunter to the lineup, the quartet hopped on the road in support of the record....
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Razia's Shadow: A Musical, Forgive Durden
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Oct 27, 2008

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