Shattered

Shattered

by The Reigning SoundThe Reigning Sound

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Overview

Greg Cartwright has always been a rock & roller with the heart of a soul man, but on his fifth studio album with Reigning Sound, 2014's Shattered, it's the soul man who speaks the loudest. After a five-year layoff, during which Cartwright had to deal with the death of a handful of family and friends (including his onetime bandmate and protégé Jay Reatard), Reigning Sound have a new lineup again, and Shattered is a more measured and contemplative set than this group has released in the past, as Cartwright's new songs reflect his deep love of classic soul music. Cartwright sounds passionate but sadly reflective on tracks like "If You Gotta Leave" and "In My Dreams," and while he can still turn up the amps and rock with authority on numbers like "North Cackalacky Girl" and "My My," it's the sad songs that dominate Shattered and ultimately matter the most. Cartwright has never been afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve, both as a singer and a vocalist, and if he's a bit more subtle on Shattered than on, say, Time Bomb High School, he never sounds less than sincere or compelling, and "Falling Rain" and "You Did Wrong" show he doesn't have to shout to make his feelings understood. The members of Cartwright's new band -- Dave Amels on organ, Mike Catanese on guitar, Benjamin Trokan on bass, and Mikey Post on drums -- are graceful with the slow numbers and muscular when they need to rock, and the low-key string charts on "Once More" and "Never Coming Home" provide a new wrinkle that fits these songs perfectly. The best thing about Reigning Sound has always been Cartwright's gifts as a songwriter and his ability to make those songs come alive with his vocals, and Shattered demonstrates that even when he's aiming to caress rather than bruise, he's an artist who makes a real impact. Some Reigning Sound fans might miss the harder-rocking side of the band, but if you're looking for ten new Greg Cartwright songs sung with real heart and soul, Shattered is just what you've been waiting for.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2014
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0673855047027
catalogNumber: 470
Rank: 169697

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Reigning Sound   Primary Artist
Dave Amels   Organ,Group Member
Greg Cartwright   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Benjamin Trokan   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
John Whittemore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jana Misener   Cello
Mikey Post   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Krista Wroten   Violin
Adam Woodward   Piano
Mike Catanese   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Greg Cartwright   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Wayne Gordon   Engineer
Kyle Dean Reinford   Back Cover Photo
Sara Macel   Inside Photo
Sal Williams   Cover Drawing
Garland Hilton   Composer

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