CD review: Aranda 'Stop the World'

CD review: Aranda ‘Stop the World'
BY GENE TRIPLETT Entertainment Editor etriplett@opubco.com Published: March 23, 2012
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Aranda ‘Stop the World' (Aranda Music)

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-register solo runs and vocal-harmony drama. One begins to get the notion that someone knows the pain of betrayal and heartbreak from the angry power-balladry of “Satisfied” and the equally angry but much more rapid-fire rocker “One More Lie.”

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