Murray, Dale - Brighter Lives, Darker Side

Format: CD
Label: private PSYCH 001
Year: 2005
Origin: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Genre: folk, pop
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Make Inquiry/purchase: email ryder@robertwilliston.com
Release Type: Albums
Websites:  No
Playlist: Nova Scotia, Pop, 2000's, Folk


Track Name
Driving Song
The Way Back
Won't Silence Me
When It's Gone
On His Line
These Stones
Push in the Right Direction
Don't Wanna See
Sick at Heart
Thought You Were Right
Change the World
Brighter Lives, Darker Side



Dale Murray - Brighter Lives, Darker Side


Dale Murray - Brighter Lives, Darker Side


Brighter Lives, Darker Side


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With the Guthries spread far and wide across the country’s music scene, songwriter/pedal steel player Dale Murray continues the band’s roots rock approach on his debut solo album. Brighter Lives, Darker Side happily cribs from some of the best and Murray’s influences arrive from far and wide. His love for country is still apparent on songs like “Don’t Wanna See” and Liverpudlian harmonies abound on intro pop-rocker “Driving Song,” “On His Line” and “When It’s Gone.” In fact, Murray is at his most comfortable channelling the quiet Beatle with Harrison slide licks adorning a couple of the album’s stronger tunes such as “The Way Back.” He breaks out a mean fuzz box to scare away TV preachers on “Don’t Wanna See” and are those Manhattan Transfer back-ups on “Thought You Were Right”? The lyrics never quite reach the class of his melodies, instrumentation and production, but on those last three points, Brighter Lives scores all tens.
-Brent Hagerman


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