Monte Warden

A Stranger to Me Now

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Warden spent plenty of time kicking around the roots-rock scene with little mainstream recognition despite album after album of top-notch material. It may be that his combination of country and Buddy Holly-ish pop/rock defies pigeonholing. A STRANGER TO ME NOW is one of Warden's most fully realized efforts, and it allows him to explore the full breadth of his talent. Moving from the midtempo heartland rock of the organ-driven "Your Heart Will Come Around" through the lush, romantic balladry of "The Love You Promised Me" to the raw, Bo Diddley-derived rocker "It's Only Love," the album captures Warden's diversity perfectly. His considerable vocal and compositional are brought to the fore throughout, making it plain that his is a fully formed vision. Warden comes across as a completely honest, purely American artist with little taste for boundaries.

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