David Zweig

All Now with Wings

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A bracingly complex sound, combining elements of singer/songwriter folk and roots rock with symphonic sophistication, David Zweig succeeded in finding his own sound on his first release. Produced by studio wizard Keith Cleversley, budget deficiencies supposedly stretched the participants to their limits, putting in 16-hour days in the studio and filling up to 60 tracks on any particular song, though the final product sounds anything but rushed or jumbled. Occasionally sounding like a one-man adaptation of U2, with Edge-ish guitar jangle and breathy Bono-esque crooning, Zweig shows a similar fluency with extended grooves reminiscent of Dave Matthews Band. While his songwriting occasionally lingers on mediocre lines a little too long, Zweig's arrangements are wholly original, covering a wide range of textures and tempos and moving through various incarnations before meeting their eventual finale. When lovely brass instruments mix with elegant strings in "All the Same" and "Long Slow Burn," the result is both epic and accessible, sounding like a jam band backed by a symphony. Nevertheless, Zweig maintains an improvisational flare without getting too estranged from his strong pop melodies, keeping his meandering tendencies in check for a deceptively immediate sound.

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