Dan Andriano - Hurricane Season (Cover Artwork)

Dan Andriano

Dan Andriano: Hurricane SeasonHurricane Season (2011)
Asian Man Records

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On the last few Alkaline Trio records, my favorite songs by far have been the slower Dan Andriano tunes ("Fine" from This Addiction and "Do You Wanna Know?" from Agony & Irony, for example), so when I heard he was putting out an album of slower tracks by himself, under the name the Emergency Room, I.
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On the last few Alkaline Trio records, my favorite songs by far have been the slower Dan Andriano tunes ("Fine" from This Addiction and "Do You Wanna Know?" from Agony & Irony, for example), so when I heard he was putting out an album of slower tracks by himself, under the name the Emergency Room, I was overjoyed. When he posted a series of demos online, I played them over and over, learning every word. Now billed as Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room, it's been nearly two years since those demos surfaced, and the finished product, Hurricane Season is finally available. So was it worth the wait? Yes, and then some.

Save for some piano tracks and a few sparse backing vocals, Mr. Andriano performed and recorded EVERYTHING on Hurricane Season himself. The result is fascinating, the pure undiluted vision of a singular extremely talented musician. All four of the previously released demos make appearances here, and the title track is the only that has been radically altered from its original form. These new versions are superior, they really are, but if you've grown to love the demos, they will take a little getting used to.

Although those demos could lead one to believe that this would be a purely acoustic-based project, there is actually a fair amount of full-fledged rock songs on Hurricane Season: including "Let Me In", an Elvis Costello-esque power-pop toe-tapper; "On Monday", which harkens back to the glory days of 1990s rock radio; and the newly beefed-up title track. All of which are nothing short of outstanding.

The acoustic songs are no less great, however. "Hollow Sounds" and "Say Say Say" are both beautiful and haunting, despite some weird vocal processing on the latter. "This Light" has a melody not far from Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", and opener "It's Gonna Rain All Day" helps set the mood for the rest of the album.

Despite the many styles explored musically, there is a common thread through most of the album, lyrically. Many songs seem to be describing a long-distance relationship: "This road gets lonelier every day. I already asked you to wait" in "Hollow Sounds"; "I miss you more than I did yesterday...I'm dying while my baby sleeps at home" in "Me and Denver"; as well as the entirety of "Let Me In", to name just a few examples.

Dan Andriano is on top of his game on Hurricane Season. He stretches his legs musically, taking risks that Alkaline Trio wouldn't, or couldn't, and succeeding in just about all of them. His voice sounds better than it ever has, and his lyrics are as great as always. Hurricane Season blows away the last three Alkaline Trio albums as well as most "punk guy goes acoustic" records, which have become increasingly frequent over the last few years. One of the year's best; cannot recommend highly enough. Get this!


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bergman913 (July 6, 2013)

Once I finished the last track I decided that it was my favorite album of all time. Dan Andriano is the sometimes overlooked poet of Alkaline Trio.

theproblemwithfire (August 11, 2011)

these guys could fart into a microphone and the org would love it

Salvador (August 10, 2011)

I've always been a Dan fan in the Trio (with the exception of all the drummers going thru since I am a drummer) every song he's song has been gold. The demos are amazing and so is the finished album. well done.

DylanB (August 10, 2011)

I said the same exact thing to one of my friends the other day, over the years my favorite Alkaline Trio songs have been more and more leaning to songs sung by Dan. I loved "Fine" and the acoustic version is even better. This album is incredible, I really hope I can see his solo act one day.

jimmynorville (August 9, 2011)

This is great

jwinston (August 9, 2011)

No idea how people could hate on this? I've been playing it non-stop since I got it. It's one of the few (to borrow a phrase from the review) "punk guys goes acoustic" albums that lives up to its potential and you're even thinking about getting it, then go ahead. You won't regret it.

whatchokesbegin (August 9, 2011)

Lyrics are boring and cliche. Very disappointing.

devianter (August 9, 2011)

always hated his voice.

bryne (August 9, 2011)

It's OK.

nickyno (August 9, 2011)

His track on the Alk3 acoustic album is better then all of his solo album (and it has the same lines as the last track from Hurricane Season). Overal I felt this album was to hit and miss for me to really enjoy.

operationivy12 (August 9, 2011)

The lyrics are a bit emo

mikexdude (August 9, 2011)

I'm a bit disappointed with this. Not really a fan of the acoustic songs, but the electric ones are the shit.

skolarx (August 9, 2011)

I'll need to pick this up, his songs have almost always been my favorites on AK3 records and i loved the Tuesday stuff from back in the day. He was also really good live a few years ago when he did a solo tour around the same time Skiba was touring with Heavens

TheWalkingTargets (August 9, 2011)

really like this/

drunkwithpower (August 9, 2011)

save it for the coffee shop

keithybobeefy (August 9, 2011)

From This Oil Can is one of my favorite songs of 2011.

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