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Dave Hause

Dave Hause: ResolutionsResolutions (2011)
Paper and Plastick

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Contributed by: thepopeofchili-townthepopeofchili-town
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It took a few spins for Dave Hause's debut solo full-length, Resolutions, to click, but when it clicked, it clicked hard. After a few cursory listens, I dismissed it as sounding like nothing more than acoustic Loved Ones songs. It wasn't until I gave the record my full attention that I realized how.
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It took a few spins for Dave Hause's debut solo full-length, Resolutions, to click, but when it clicked, it clicked hard. After a few cursory listens, I dismissed it as sounding like nothing more than acoustic Loved Ones songs. It wasn't until I gave the record my full attention that I realized how great and diverse it actually is.

To be fair, opener "C'mon Kid" would feel right at home on 2008's Build & Burn, and the following track, "Heavy Heart" could be easily be a Loved Ones track if backed by a full band and a little distortion. Opening with these two tracks is a nice way to reel in fans of his past work, but at the same time might cause some to dismiss Resolutions as more of the same, as I initially did.

The next song, "Meet Me at the Lanes" is where things really take off. The song sees Hause dropping a lot of names, some we're familiar with, and some we aren't, while its "We lose track of each other, and life speeds past / We need more nights like this, they always go too fast / Let's all get together and avoid our adult crash" chorus makes it one of the best "longing for the past" songs since the Gaslight Anthem's "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues".

"Prague (Revive Me)" recalls Green Day's "Misery", both musically and lyrically, and is one of the more adventurous songs Hause has written to date, sounding like nothing else on the record or anything in the Loved Ones' canon. Elsewhere, "Pray for Tucson" and the title track are more traditional sounding, but top-notch all the same.

Resolutions contains some of the finest songs Hause has written yet, and the way I see it, leaves two big possibilities for the next Loved Ones release: Either all this adventurousness rubs off on the group and they make an extremely well-rounded, diverse album, or with all of this experimentation out of his system, Hause write a full-throttle barn-burner like Build & Burn again. Either way, I'm excited to see what the future holds for this great songwriter, and will be enjoying Resolutions in the meantime.

 

 
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10feettall (December 18, 2011)

great album!!

telegraphrocks (April 26, 2011)

Initially I thought it was OK, but in the past few weeks I think I've listened to this album about 50 times.

Love it.

mattramone (February 21, 2011)

You are the pope of nothing!

thepopeofchili-town (February 19, 2011)

When you buy this LP from from Paper Plastick it comes with an instant download, when you burn CDs with the program on my shitty computer, it puts them in alphabetical order, unless you fix it, which I obviously didn't. My bad. I wrote this review at like 6 am before work one day because I was really excited about it. The professional line was obviously sarcastic. Got-damn.

skaboom (February 18, 2011)

Touche.

I also forgot to mention that this album is fantastic. Even if it's Dave solo rather than a proper Loved Ones release, it seems like a logical progression from Build & Burn.

scientistrock (February 18, 2011)

Professionals would get a copy of the record sent to them by the label.

skaboom (February 18, 2011)

"Incredible review by a consummate professional, but this is the artwork for the single, not the album."

Consummate professionals would buy the album rather than write a review based on an illegal download. It would help said professional from exposing himself by giving the wrong track listing.

TrueBeliever (February 18, 2011)

Prague gives me a Tom Waits vibe. Overall great album

jimmynorville (February 18, 2011)

...and after I post that, the correct cover comes up. God damn it.

jimmynorville (February 18, 2011)

Yeah, that's the cover of the confusingly identically titled EP, not the full length.

StraightToHell82 (February 18, 2011)

I can dig it, but let's get some new Loved Ones!!!

Thepopeofchili-town (February 18, 2011)

I meant "Keep Your Heart". Whoops.

feloniousjive (February 18, 2011)

I'll have to give this a listen....but Build and Burn a barn-burner? No way.

exitenglish1208 (February 18, 2011)

love this album. pray for tuscon is great

MattRamone (February 18, 2011)

Typical negative comment.

callitawasteland (February 18, 2011)

Awesome. Love it.

ThoughtAboutThrowingUp (February 18, 2011)

I love this album, I was really surprised by it.
The review is great too.

sickboy22 (February 18, 2011)

I really enjoyed this album. At first I thought it was going to be just an acoustic Loved Ones album but I was pleasantly surprised.

NothingToAdd (February 18, 2011)

I think the track order you've got is messed up too, but all in all a great review of a great album. Pray for Tucson's been stuck in my head all week, awesome work Dave, keep 'em coming.

thepopeofchili-town (February 18, 2011)

Incredible review by a consummate professional, but this is the artwork for the single, not the album.

MN_DrNick (February 18, 2011)

Better than I expected.

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