This Euphoria

This Euphoria

by Davíd GarzaDavíd Garza

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Overview

David Garza made his major label debut in a big, brilliant way -- compared to the almost genteel efforts on earlier albums like Eyes Wide Open, This Euphoria flat-out rocks. Call it a natural progression, call it what happens when there's big bucks to work with, but Garza came up with one of the best rock albums of the second half of the '90s. Working with a variety of side musicians and recording at various spots in Texas and elsewhere, Garza comes on like the strutting, sly love child of Marc Bolan, Robert Plant, and Freddie Mercury, not to mention their respective bands. Unlike, say, the tedious necrophilia of Lenny Kravitz or the Black Crowes, though, Garza wins out on both singing ability and his ear for powerful, catchy material -- and he just sounds a little more engaging and much less full of himself. The opening track, "Kinder," almost misrepresents the album -- the bold, John Bonham-esque beat and descending fuzz guitar chords are just fantastic, but there's much more happening on This Euphoria. On the bold, straightforward tip, "Slave" is the absolute winner, something that would have been one of the best T. Rex songs ever if that group had done it; it's catchy, strong, and romantic, with a perfect balance of feedback and Garza's singing strength. Subtler approaches also appear throughout, as with the string arrangements on "Baptiste" or the nutty drum machine into full drum punch of "Discoball World." The title track is an understated piece of freaky soul psychedelia, with Garza's electric guitar laying down weird parts in the background behind both shuffling and stronger funk beats. Quieter numbers, meanwhile, leaven the impact with no less passion than the louder songs ("Lost," the beautiful "I Know," and "Float Away" are particular winners), and compared to his polite pop past, Garza and company sound more relaxed, free, and able to try things out.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/1998
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678303326
catalogNumber: 83033
Rank: 202879

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Davíd Garza   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Chuck Treece   Bass,Drums,Hi Hat
David Lee Garza   Guitar
Malcolm Burn   Keyboards
Andy Kravitz   Drums
Andy Morris   Drums
Michael Musmanno   Electric Guitar
Craig Ross   Drums
Andy Taub   Mandolin
Chris Searles   Percussion,Drums
Alan Hewitt   Bass,Double Bass
Jon Roth   Cello
Becky Ward   Violin
John Thomasson   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Alexandra Cutler-Fetkewicz   Violin
Amanda Zidow   Cello
Noah Simon   Violin
Orian Zidow   Violin
Orian Zioow   Violin
Paul Hewitt   Viola
Mark McCain   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Klein   Producer,Engineer
Andy Kravitz   Producer,Engineer
Craig Ross   Producer,Engineer
Andy Taub   Engineer
Jim Wilson   Engineer
Robbie Adams   Producer,Engineer
Alan Hewitt   String Arrangements
Brenda Rotheiser   Art Direction
Davíd Garza   Producer,Engineer
Dave "Stiff" Johnson   Producer,Engineer

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This Euphoria 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Garza is one of those rare artists who let's his genius and talent successfully experiment with and create wonderful music. His music is fresh and entertaining and SHOULD be played on the radio, but for some reason does not get the airtime he deserves. The radio needs someone like David Garza! This album nicely exemplifies his range in experimentation with music types (from ballads to rock to nicely unclassifiable) and does not disappoint those looking for something original, poetic and fun.