The first thing to say after listening to Dust and Tears is that Rick McGuire is the man! This singer/songwriter from Minneapolis has created something here that is so incredibly cool-sounding. Pop/Rock is the main driving force behind the album, but McGuire adds his suave & edgy vocals to the mix to make up a very special substance of material. The instrumentation also added to the emphatic feel of this record, especially on the guitar.
Rick McGuire was actually a member of two other prior bands, Escape & Orion Eyes, before deciding to go solo on this new project. Playing music then that blended such elements as hard rock & R&B; Rick has come full circle with a new & invigorating sound all of his own. His transition to the solo spotlight has been smooth-as-butta based on what I hear from this recent release.
McGuire is actually responsible for the majority of all aspects that went into the making of this album. Besides being the sole singer/songwriter, Rick also added guitars, bass and drums while also recording, engineering & mixing the record. He did have additional help though from one individual by the name of Donnie LaMarca who played the keys, piano, strings, Hammond B-3 organ and also added other hip sounds. The combination of all of this is a winning success, in my opinion. Rick McGuire appears to have a knack for music-making in general and looks to shine as a solo recording artist.
What I loved most about Dust and Tears was how all the vocals & arrangements just seem to jive together perfectly. What I hear is a laid-back, easy going feel to go along with contagiously catchy melodies & rhythms. McGuire sings in a very convincing manner as he lays out well-thought-out & heartfelt lyrics. The tracks are actually quite simple in form, but ridiculously effective on paper. I am hearing a seasoned studio pro in the making that knows how to cut a damn solo record! I can even see this entire album being extremely radio-friendly, so watch out radio stations.
Rick McGuire is offering the listening public a new way to hear & experience audio coolness. Whatever Rick did to perfect the overall flow, style and sound of this album; in the end it worked big time! For more on Rick McGuire and his brand new release, Dust and Tears, SKOPE out www.rick-mcguire.com.
By Jimmy Rae (firstname.lastname@example.org)[Rating: 5/5]