Dove Brothers post complete preview of Unshakeable
The Dove Brothers just finished the mix on their next project, Unshakeable. They are doing the same thing they did for their last recording, Hold On: The entire album (full songs) can be previewed in the footer of their website.
They posted a poll on their home page asking their fans’ favorite song from the recording; they will keep it in mind when picking their next single. (EDIT: 8/5/2011: Broken link removed)
Since I was in the studio while they were working on vocals, I can’t exactly offer an unbiased review. So I’ll just make a few brief points here:
- Fans have been commenting that this is album has more of a straight-ahead country sound. The reason is quite simple: Now that they have a live three-piece band, they’re intentionally using arrangements that would sound good reproduced by the band, without tracks.
- David Hester is an unbelievable talent. He nailed a number of his solos here in the first take. The other singers are right there with him, of course, but I was impressed at a number of his first takes in the studio (and so was the producer, evidently!)
- Six or seven of the songs have been previously recorded. Many of these come from the ’70s. This again ties back to this being their first album with a live band; songs in the 70s were written and arranged to be performed with a live band, so these were a natural fit for their new sound.