Mark Tremonti is one of the hardest working people in the rock community today. Between working on the next Alter Bridge album, scheduling dates for the band’s tour, and promoting his latest solo album Dust Tremonti definitely keeps himself busy. Speaking of Dust, it was released worldwide this past April. This latest album, his third solo recording, is a good fit for anyone that is a fan of his solo work and for those that lean more toward his work with Alter Bridge. That is clear from the beginning to the end of the ten-song, forty-three minute record. It takes the mix of heavy and softer sounds that are so prevalent in Alter Bridge’s albums and uses them as the foundation for its songs in considering its musical arrangements. The lyrical themes that are presented throughout the record are insightful in their own right. The combination of the two elements together makes the album in whole one that definitely won’t gather any “dust” in audiences’ music libraries.
Mark Tremonti’s latest solo recording Dust is a respectable new offering from the Alter Bridge guitarist. It is a record that definitely won’t gather any “dust” in listeners’ personal music libraries. That is due in part to a sound that is very familiar for fans of Alter Bridge and lyrics that offer their own share of insight for audiences. One point at which this is clearly exhibited in Tremonti’s new album is the album’s title track. Its musical arrangement creates a solid foundation for the song. That is because while it does offer some clearly heavy moments, it also includes some moments that are equally moving, and in turn heavy in a different way. What is most noticeable of the song’s musical arrangement is that Tremonti and company obviously put some thought into the arrangement. That is because the heavier, and emotionally heavy moments aren’t just tossed in randomly over the course of the song’s nearly five-and-a-half minute run time. Rather it is clearly deliberate in its gradual growth over that time. The end result is a song that in regards to just its musical arrangement is one of the album’s best moments. Its lyrical content presents a clear mirror image to the emotional growth presented in its musical arrangement. That is clear as Temonti sings of a person who apparently did quite a bit for everyone else yet who it seems refused help from others. This can be inferred as Tremonti sings in the song’s lead verse, “Cut through the fetters/Reach the end/Only to fight yourself again/Who would believe that you’re now done/You carried the weight of everyone/After all the time we spent/Rewriting the rules that we now bend/The whole d*** thing has turned to dust/You left us alone/Defeated us.” That last line, “You left us alone/Defeated us” seems to hint that whoever this person was, he or she might have had something to hide. This is inferred even more as he sings in the song’s second verse, “Once fell behind to carry me/You know it was never meant to be/Bled for the right to see it through/And now is the time to carry you/Why were we afraid to go/We asked for the truth and now we know/The whole damn thing has turned to dust/The ashes you left to bury us.” Audiences will note that the same musical arrangement used in the song’s lead verse is also used in this verse, too. It is that arrangement that gradually grows over the course of the verse, thus illustrating the emotion of the song’s subject. It plays into that belief that perhaps the person being addressed here is someone with some personal demons that have got to be handled. It would be interesting to find out if this was perhaps in reference to a certain individual from the band’s (or Tremonti’s own past). Regardless of the possible story behind the song, the combination of that insightful lyrical content and its equally balanced musical arrangement makes this song just one of Dust’s standout moments. It is a clear example of why this record won’t gather much, if any, “dust” in listeners’ music libraries. Audiences can hear the song for themselves online now via Tremonti’s official YouTube channel. It is just one supporting piece of evidence in these arguments, too. ‘Catching Fire’ is another of the album’s inclusions that supports that argument.
‘Dust’ is one of the best moments of Mark Tremonti’s new album. That is because the song, which is also the album’s title track, combines some rather thought-provoking lyrics with a musical arrangement that expertly mirrors the emotion exhibited in the song’s lyrical content. Both elements together not only make the song one of the album’s best moments but also show why this record is one that won’t gather much “dust” if any in listeners’ music libraries. It is just one of the songs featured in this record that supports both arguments. ‘Catching Fire’ supports both statements just as much. In regards to its musical arrangement, it is one of the album’s heavier moments. It is not heavy in terms of its softness, but heavy as in heavy. And as with the rest of the album’s songs, it is driven largely by Tremonti’s work on guitar. While the song’s musical arrangement is one of the album’s heavier moments, that heaviness is not random. As in the case of ‘Dust’ it is in fact quite deliberate. That is because it mirrors the song’s lyrical content just as much as that of ‘Dust’ does its lyrical arrangement. This is clear as Tremonti sings here, “Take what’s yours/It’s your turn/Leave the rest to burn/Keep your sights down below/Hold on tight or let it go/With your back to the wall/You refuse to crawl/Bury the weak in your soul/Grasp the light and let it go.” Needles to say there is some real *ahem* fire in this lead verse. By direct contrast, there is just as much fire but in a different fashion as he sings almost angrily in the song’s second verse, “It once was clear and now you’re blind/The fear found shelter in your mind/Just on word and I will go/The sands of time are running low/When you’re awake for the war/When the shadows fall/Set your sight down below/And you will know/Yeah, and you will know.” Simply put the contradiction of the two subjects being addressed here presents a different kind of energy in the song’s musical arrangement. In both cases, it shows why the arrangement wasn’t just heavy for the sake of heavy. It was in fact quite deliberate and thought out. The energy in the song’s lead verse is an energy that encourages the seeming determination of the subject in that verse. On the other side there is almost a sense of anger as the subject in that verse is being chided for allowing fear and doubt to sneak into his or her mind. It makes for a truly interesting composition. It makes the song yet another example of why Tremonti’s new album won’t gather much “dust” in listeners’ music libraries if any. ‘Unable To See,’ the album’s closer is another of the songs that supports that statement.
‘Dust’ and ‘Catching Fire’ are both key compositions in Mark Tremonti’s new album Dust. Both songs show in their own way why this record will likely gather very little “dust” in listeners’ music libraries. That is due to the combination of the songs’ musical arrangements and lyrical themes. While both songs are important in their own right to the album’s presentation they are not its only key compositions. The album’s closer ‘Unable To See’ proves to be just as important to the album’s presentation as those songs. The central reason for its importance is in fact its musical arrangement. Where ‘Dust’ and ‘Catching Fire’ harken back to Tremonti’s work as a member of Alter Bridge, this song reaches even farther back. It reaches back to his time with Creed. That is clear in the song’s ballad-style approach. Said approach makes the song bear a noticeable stylistic similarity to Creed’s hit ballad ‘My Sacrifice.’ Even with the songs’ stylistic similarity, audiences will be glad to know that this piece isn’t just a re-creation of the previous composition. It is just similar stylistically. The song’s lyrical content is just as different from that of ‘My Sacrifice’ as the songs’ musical arrangements are similar. That should appease audiences just as much. Whereas ‘My Sacrifice’ was an uplifting rock ballad, ‘Unable To See’ bears a bit more cynicism to say the very least. That is inferred as Tremonti sings, “Well I don’t think that I’ll ever know/What it’s like to just let it go/And I don’t think that I’ll ever be/Able to trust/’Cause I’m unable to see/I think back to the times that I’ve lost/But who am I to just want it all/Now don’t you feel sorry for me/If I’m unable to trust/’Cause I’m unable to see.” That seeming cynicism is just as evident later in the song’s second verse as Tremonti goes on to sing, “Well I don’t think that I’ll ever get/To find a trace of what we had left/And I don’t think that I’ll ever learn/ To see the moment’s right/To just wait my turn/I forgot any fool that I was/But who am I to just think he’s gone/Now don’t you feel sorry for me/If I’m unable to care/’Cause I’m unable to see.” These are some pretty strong statements coming from the song’s subject. What is really interesting to note here is that for al of the seeming cynicism exhibited in the song’s verses, the song’s chorus hints at some cynicism but also some determination at the same time. That is hinted as Tremonti and his band mates sing, “And I swear/I’ll never fall from here/I’ll never fall from here/And I’ll be forever in a dream/And I know/I’ll never let it go/Still we sing tonight/And it will last forever and ever/So we sing tonight/And it will last forever and ever/So we will love to see a smile/When we are wronged by the ones that would never.” Those last two lines are among the song’s most intriguing. Tremonti sings, “So we will love to see a smile/When we are wronged by the ones that would never.” On one hand, that could be inferred to mean, “we are glad to see the true colors of the fake people because it proves us right.” On another it could mean we like to see a caring smile from others when the fake people show their colors. It is really an interesting statement and one of the song’s most intriguing. Considering that and the rest of the song’s lyrical content, the whole of the song’s lyrical content couples with its musical arrangement to prove without a doubt why it is one more of the album’s best moments. It also serves to show once more why Dust is a record that definitely won’t gather much “dust” if any in listeners’ music libraries. Together with ‘Dust,’ ‘Catching Fire,’ and the rest of the album’s included compositions, the record proves in whole to be a viable candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock records.
Mark Tremonti’s new solo record Dust is a record that will hardly gather any “dust” in listeners’ music libraries. It is a viable candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock records. These statements are supported through both the album’s musical arrangements and its various lyrical themes. The album’s musical arrangements mostly echo Tremonti’s work with Alter Bridge. Though, there is at least one composition—the album’s closer—that goes as far back as Tremonti’s time with Creed. All three of the songs that are noted here are clear supportive examples in these statements. The songs not noted here could just as easily be cited in supporting them, too. All things considered, Dust proves in the end to be a record that fans of Mark Tremonti, Creed, and Alter Bridge will appreciate. It is a record that, again, is a viable candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock records. It is available now in stores. More information on Dust is available online now at:
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