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CD Review: Old Dominion – Meat and Candy

Old
Dominion – Meat and Candy
Snapback,
Half Empty, Wrong Turn, Said Nobody, Crazy-Beautiful-Crazy, Nowhere Fast, Beer
Can In A Track, Break Up With Him, Song For Another, Til It’s Over, We Got it
Right
The
Musical Ensemble Old Dominion is a five member band who is also
songwriters.  The 11 track album was
totally co-written by them.  “Half Empty”
is trying to figure it all together as it goes… “Are you here to chill…Are
you here to party…Are you just here trying to meet somebody”  It’s true that people have a lot of
presumptions when they see people in this situation.  What do men and women think about women going
to a bar by themselves?  For me, it
signifies a certain air of confidence and independence whether she wants to be
left alone, enjoying her night out by herself or wants to meet new friends.  No judgement as to why they are there by
themselves whatsoever.
There
are different types of love.  The
mystical love you have for a the family, 
real friends or pets and you love them no matter what, weaknesses,
strengths and all.  Then there’s this
love between a woman and a man.  The song
“Break Up With Him” states about the love that has no staying power since the
woman is with a person she thinks is special but is just not in love with him. “Break
Up with Him” kind of like remind me of the song “Sad to Belong” by England Dan
and John Ford Coley.   The song declaration is a mixture of figuring
out what needs to be done.  Should she stay
or should she break the cord?
Old
Dominion put their music style through succession of sensuality and
sensitivity.  The vocals carry on a
relationship with the strings and drums. 
It creates mixed emotions compressed into a few winning moments of
“Getting It Right” and putting the music in motion.  The electronic effects which shift in and out
are more like the wailing whale.  Vocals
explore a range of feelings, excitement, sadness which goes well with the
instrumental background.
RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music
Journalist, Country Music News International 

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