Aranda fans should find the Oklahoma City-bred band's sophomore album worth the four-year wait, for it's certainly worth its sonic weight in gold, bringing on a 10-song load of the kind of hard-edged, guitar-driven, melodic, made-to-be-played-loud music that distinguished their 2008 self-titled debut.
You won't confuse the title song with the Anthony Newley stage musical of the same name when drummer Mike Walker stomps out a four-count on that bass drum, setting Dameon Aranda's guitar into grinding motion while Dameon and brother Gabe's voices begin to soar: “I've laid with fools / Shook hands with the devil to break free from the rules … ” Definitely not one of your Granny's favorite show tunes.
Nor is the album's single release, “Undone,” with its wailing-wall of guitar, nimble-fingered, high-
If nothing else, the music these brothers make can certainly telegraph what feels like honest emotion. The blues-tinged “Hey Sally,” with its warbling Hammond B3 organ (courtesy guest keyboardist Dan Walker) and Memphis-R&B-influenced rhythm guitar work is another prime example of that quality, painted in colors vaguely reminiscent of the Stones' “Black and Blue” period, although it won't force Mick and Keith into retirement.
Helmed by Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Sevendust, Staind), “Stop the World” is a worthy follow-up to their debut, and Aranda will celebrate it with a CD release show at 7 p.m. Saturday on the stage of the Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave.
— Gene Triplett