Dave Stewart still has it. Every time that the former Eurythmics member has released a new album, he has reinvented himself to great success. His new album, “The Ringmaster General” is no exception. While his most recent album, “The Blackbird Diaries” (2011) had a touch of country in it, this new album seems more focused on country, even going so far as to include a song titled, ‘A New Song For Nashville.’ Of course, country isn’t the only style that Stewart covers on this release. The album opens with the semi-psychedelic radio ready rock song, ‘I Got Love.’ He pairs up with Joss Stone for this song. The pairing is no coincidence as the pair recently toured together. And it makes for a fun start to the album. They sing on this song, “I got love/but I feel so bad.” The lyrics don’t seem like they’d go with the jamming, up-tempo music. But all together, it works very well. The addition of the sax part on this song adds an extra little flare, too.
‘I Got Love’ is followed up with a more mellow song in ‘Just Another Fall.’ Stewart is joined on this song by singer/songwriter Diane Burch. And just as [Joss] Stone’s vocals were a welcome addition to ‘I Got Love’, Birch’s vocals make ‘Just Another Fall’ work just as well. This song comes off lyrically as one centered on the topic of relationships as the pair sings to one another, “I could hardly believe it when you said you had an open mind/I was so excited/I was in love/I was so blind/cracks appeared in the ice/ but they were pretty/just like Venice lace/I could see what was gonna happen/as the lines/they appeared on your face.”
“The Ringmaster General” has its share of fun up-tempo songs. But it also has more deeply emotional songs such as his duet with country star Alison Krauss on ‘Drowning in the Blues.’ Krauss’ voice is as beautiful and powerful as ever even in its gentility. Stewart expertly matches her take on the song, too. The song’s music is a perfect emotional match for the pair’s sound. It catches every nuance of the song, all while adding its own extra emotion, making it one of the album’s best songs. It would be no surprise if this song becomes one of the album’s many singles.
‘Drowning in The Blues’, ‘Just Another Fall’ and ‘I Got Love’ are just a few of the songs that make Dave Stewart’s “The Ringmaster General” another great album. The whole album is loaded with songs that every listener will find to be their own favorite. Fans will also be excited to know that Dave will be running a UK tour in September. And as part of that tour, he is giving fans the chance to be his opening act on the tour. All the information on the contest can be found on his website, http://davestewart.com. More information on his upcoming tour, his new album and more is also available online at http://www.facebook.com/davestewart, http://www.youtube.com/user/DaveStewartOfficial, http://www.myspace.com/thedavestewart, and http://twitter.com/davestewart.
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