Dylan LeBlanc (from the album Renegade available on ATO Records)
The vibe of Dylan Leblanc’s latest release, Renegadeis one of subtle Psychedelic Rock swirling around the many moods of a Singer/Songwriter. Heavy is the story that lies beneath the lyrics, the tales coming complete with big guitar sonics buried in spacey reverb. It is like the first four or five songs could be outtakes from the It Still Moves sessions of My Morning Jacket, the captured sound playing as if recorded in a silo. The tone is a warm and welcome additive to an album that has the natural ability to grow on the listener after repeated listens.
The Renegadetitle track kicks the album off with a chorus of off-beat characters, from the ‘rhinestone kings of L.A.’ to ‘bad motherfuckers that look a lot like me.’ Renegadeis an album loaded with picturesque characters, many of them chasing or avoiding pain. Dylan LeBlanc makes “Born Again” a reflective tale of self that cries ‘at the edge of eighteen when I knew I wasn’t coming back, with an old leather jacket and a heart that was hurting bad, but now it makes me laugh’.
“Bang Bang Bang” has a big, albeit short, intro that reveals the infectious, repetitive hook of ‘bang bang bang’ while the pace drastically slows down for the beautiful murder ballad of “Sand and Stone.” The mood is the perfect segueway for the slower tunes “Lone Rider” and album closer “Honor Among Thieves,” the latter wrapping the album with a moving string section and gently plucked acoustic guitar. (by Bryant Liggett)
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