Cats and Dogs - Adam Dale
There are many albums out there that have moved their listeners in some way, be it positively or negatively; the outcome is always the same. Emotions can run extremely high when a certain song or sound is heard, and in this case, the emotion I was left with was a sort of peacefulness coupled with longing and sweet sorrowful sadness. The album, 'Cats And Dogs,' by independent artist Adam Dale, is a lovely and melodic combination of alternative rock and modern country western twang that blends well to make a superb and solid album.
Opening with a hard track, 'One Right Between The Eyes,' the listener is thrust into the life of a man who has found fatherhood and maturity to be both exhilarating and exhausting, much like the overall feel of the album. The music is sweeping and orchestral, yet uses minimal instrumentation and vocals to really show the passion and rawness of the love of music Dale has. Songs like 'Midnight' and 'Got It Right' further solidify the message of triumph over tragedy and really change the perspective of those who aren't very open minded about embraces the changes that come in your life, be it a new child, a new home, or a new job. By featuring acoustic and steel guitars on 'Got It Right' and 'Young Love Is Innocence,' Dale really shows us that he has the propensity for mixing genres fluidly and executing them in a pleasing manner, as well as bringing out the thrill and excitement of young love and the heartache that inevitably goes along with it. 'Roman Candle' is an upbeat, alternative track that fades into 'Stay With Me,' a sweet and beautiful tune that is slow and gentle to the listener's ears.
In 'Here At The End Of The World,' the artist brings on a female vocalist to duet with his own vocals and the result is perfectly wonderful as the singers profess their love for each other in a subtle yet cosmic fashion. 'Never Get Enough Of You' and 'Museums On Fire' are great examples of everlasting love and musicianship as Dale uses these tracks to round out a solid album and provide a sense of wonderment and loyalty to his passions. The promise of strength and compassion for your loved one no matter what the obstacle is a message that I personally feel has gone sour these days, but Dale brings it back to life with tangible lyrics and raw emotions that overlay a fantastic instrumental background.
I truly enjoyed the positivity and love the album boasted and I felt the energy that Dale was trying his hardest to put out into the world with his music, and I will credit that success to his sincere love of music and all of the confidence and incredibly hard work he pours into his projects. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone who loves true talent and appreciates the genuine spirit of those who want nothing more that to give the gift of music and feel the happiness that it generates.
Interview with Adam Dale
Tell me a little bit about your background and why you play.
I was born in Minden, LA, in the 80's. I sang in the church and school choirs and eventually picked up the guitar when I was 14 to be able to occupy myself and from then on I've been writing music. I've always had a compulsion to write and perform. It [has] always made me feel good.
What/Who are your musical influences?
I've always had a fairly wide range. I always loved the big band stuff from the 30's and 40's and [I love] rock and roll but I was brought up on acoustic folk music. Simon and Garfunkle and Jim Croce are two of my favorites. Queen, Black Sabbath, and Pink Floyd are some of my classic rock heroes. I really enjoy a lot of pop music too. I'm really all over the place but if I had to choose a few albums that have always stuck with me it would have to be: Pink Floyd's "The Wall", Sponge's "Rotting Pinata", Smashing Pumpkins' "Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness", Hum's "Downward is Heavenward", Black Sabbath's "Master of Reality", Jimmy Eat World's "Futures", and Toad the Wet Sprocket's "Dulcinea" have followed me everywhere. They are constants.
How do you find the proper balance between the many genres at play on the album?
I honestly don't worry abouthowitsgoingto fit on an album. I really like when each song is its own little journey. I try to feel the overall vibe of a record. I think about Pink Floyd's music and how many different styles were on “The Wall” and how overall it's just one style: theirs. That's how I want to be thought of. It's all just my style.
Did you set out to make an album that sounds so inspirational and uplifting or did it simply evolve into one?
I actually set out to make a record that was very nostalgic. I was really going for some complex emotions. I was going for a feeling that you have when you remember something from your childhood. Something that is right there but you can never get it back. Beautiful but sweet in a way.
How do you feel about the digital revolution of music and has it helped or hindered your success?
Well, its a double edged sword really. People no longer buy actual copies of albums but digital sales are up. I'm not in the market to make singles so I feel that it hurts my overall gig when people can purchase a song piecemeal instead of rifling through the album to find the gems. I think the digital revolution has lowered our attention span. We can pick, mix, choose, and flip through everything. On the other hand, some really great music has emerged from artists you never would have heard of pre-internet, myself included. Also, a band used to have to tour incessantly to make waves and gain fans and now I can spend more time at home with the family and reach more people online. It is very complicated how I feel about technology's role in music. Overall I think its a positive. You're giving control over to the people who make the music and letting free market decide who sinks or swims. Pretty great.