When Chris Standring records a new album, you have to expect the
unexpected. His upcoming album don't talk, Dance! is
departure from his earlier style, as we know it from his albums
Velvet (1998), Hip Sway (2000), Groovalicious
(2003), Soul Express (2006), Love and Paragraphs
(2008), Blue Bolero (2010) or Electric Wonderland
Although he recorded the album with known jazz musicians such as
bassists Andre Berry and Neil Stubenhaus, and drummers Dave Salinas,
Guy Richman, Dave Karasony, Sergio Gonzales, Eric Valentine, Joey
Heredia, Chris Blondal and keyboardist Rodney Lee, he surprises us
with some Euro≠styled electronic dance music.
Chris explains this decision: ď... I have to do something fresh every
time out. On most tracks artists record in my genre, thereís a
melody, chorus and solo and essentially their featured instrument is
the lead voice throughout. On donít talk, Dance! I didnít
want to play that game, putting my guitar up front every minute.
Because when I listen to all the crazy European music thatís been
inspiring me lately, Iím finding a lot of it is more about vibe than
melody and I didnít want to change that too much. I chose to keep
the Ďdancinessí part of that intactí but put my own spin on it ...Ē
So don't wonder, when Chris concedes Rodney Lee
(keyboards) a prominent position on Sky High. This is as I
wrote very Euro≠styled electronic dance music. Chris kicks further
in this style on Inside Outside, this time with the guitar
in forefront. A little spacey with a fine horn arrangement included.
Doug Webb offers an extensive sax solo.
Sneakin' Out The Front Door comes with gentle wah-wah guitar
music, later modified by a Talking Box served on a shuffle beat.
With fast bang Standring presents Voices In My Head, the
next level of funk. Everything is geared to the rhythmic flow.
Soul Symphony lives of the opposites. Restrained savagery is
paired with gentle atmospheric harmonies.
Another Fine Mess is a Rhodes oriented piece that has the character of
a jam session. The horn section makes a statement
with chords. With Mood Swing Chris mixed funk and electro
elements. The love ballade Ride features singer Lauren
Christy. A charismatic song with great radio power. Absolute
Madness is a return to the new electro style, which doesn't
significantly alter Standring's guitar performance.
Yesterday's Heaven reminds me of the Ibiza chill out series
Cafť del Mar, relaxed and dreamy in the sun. Those who prefer
Standing's melodious style, will fall in love with the compelling
Imagine That. On Scatterfunk Standring melts
propulsive funk with elegant swing. A string quartet delivers the
background for the funky group of four. The sensual song Nothing
Last Forever supplies a fine acoustic final, for all people
Standring is facing with Don't Talk, Dance! a different music
style in the hope to gain a new audience without loosing the old
one. On the album there is enough to recognize the former Standring.
The future will tell if he succeeds in this coup.
Buy the album in all stores
Title: Don't Talk,
Artist: Chris Standring
Genre: Club Dance
Label: Ultimate Vibe Recordings
01 Sky High [5:19]
02 Inside Outside [3:56]
03 Sneakin' Out The Front Door [3:55]
04 Voices In My Head [4:17]
05 Soul Symphony [4:21]
06 Another Fine Mess [4:51]
07 Mood Swing [5:34]
08 Ride [4:15]
09 Absolute Madness [4:20]
10 Yesterday's Heaven [4:34]
11 Imagine That [3:58]
12 Scatterfunk [5:08]
13 Nothing Last Forever [4:36]