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Under the Sun

Gordon Gano & The Ryans

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Gordon Gano is blessed with one of the most distinctive voices in rock ‘n’ roll, but this 2009 collaboration with the Ryan brothers (from the band The Bogmen) is only Gano’s second solo release. With the addition of Frank Ferrer on drums and Lonnie Hillyer on bass, they have a complete ensemble that never overdresses the situation. Gano’s voice is occasionally obscured by the harmonies or the full-band arrangements (“Man In the Sand”), but the melodies keep things moving strongly. “Hired Gun” and “Home” traverse the alt-country terrain, Gano’s voice jumping to its desperate higher octave for emphasis. Yiddish-gospel propels the jolting “Oholah Oholibah.” The title track is a dramatic piano ballad brought back to earth by Gano’s earthy vocal tones. “Better Than You Know” uses a shuffle and sparse instrumentalism to point up Gano’s idiosyncratic attack. “Way That I Creep” rekindles a ‘50s riff and ”Still Suddenly Here” finds a reggae groove. Gano may never impress with the same singular surprise attack of that first Violet Femmes album, but he’s still got plenty of guts to spill out onto the dance floor. 

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Debut!!!

What a collaboration! Gordon Gano and the Ryan Borthers have hit the ball out of the park with their debut album. From "Man In the Sand" to "Still Suddenly Here", each song evokes memories of Gordon Gano from his Violent Femmes days with the incredible orchestration of Brendan and Billy Ryan (The Bogmen and their film scores-- Fever Pitch/The Heartbreak Kid). They should be proud. I can't recall the last time I purchased an album and listened to every song with such enthusiam. You've set the bar for future projects. Can't wait until you tour to hear and see you live.

A Magical Masterpiece!

A couple years in the making, this album is worth the wait. Former Violent Femmes frontman/songwriter Gordon Gano teams up with Brendan Ryan and Billy Ryan from The Bogmen to mesh their styles together creating a collaborative album that, to put it simply, works. Each of the tracks are thoughtful masterminds of melodies, instrumentation and lyrics that manage to be catchy and current with just enough reminiscent familiarity as well. Songs like "Man in the Sand", "Wave and Water" and "Hired Gun" have an edgy but mainstream sound, "Oholah Oholibah", "Way That I Creep" and "Red" show off their alternative sides while solicitous songs like "Under the Sun" and "Still Suddenly Here" bring out anticipation of what's next. A must have for fans of alternative, folk or classic rock. Hopefully there will be more in store for this synergistic team.

Fantastic - glad to hear him back

Being a big fan of the Violent Femmes I was excited to hear about the release of this album. At the same time I was a little hesitant because sometimes these returns don't go so well... Well, no reason for hesitation here; this is great stuff. I've added this to my 'regulars' list already and I can't see it dropping off anytime soon. This album is a nice mix of rock and folk with plenty of interest.

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