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Manwiller, Rick - 2008 Chocolate Detox

ARTIST: Manwiller, Rick
ALBUM: Chocolate Detox
LABEL: Confidential Records
YEAR: 2008
SPONSOR: Rick Manwiller


LINEUP: Rick Manwiller - vocals, all instruments

Brian Hayes - drums ('Attack Yoseff') * Rob Daniels - guitars ('Pathocracy') * Tom Hemby - guitars ('New Shoes') * David Wallace - guitars ('Red State Blues') * Jake Clayton - fiddle ('The 1 Who Got Away') * Mica Roberts, G.G Amos - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Goin' Nowhere * 02 Answers * 03 Cadaver Dogs * 04 Red State Blues * 05 Attack Yoseff * 06 I Got 2 Go * 07 Pathocracy * 08 The 1 Who Got Away * 09 Rokki The Porn Star * 10 Easy Way Out * 11 New Shoes * 12 Krunk * 13 The Best That I Could Do * 14 There Is No Song 1110



A name that should be familiar to most GD readers, Rick Manwiller was a member of much lauded Pennsylvania rockers Dakota. That was a long time ago of course although Manwiller has not stood still; in fact he's a man with a lot to say these days and like a good portion of America, he's fed up with politics as usual. Politicians from both parties more interested in feathering their own nests than working for the people, a media that claims to be unbiased and shows its true colours each news cycle and Rick puts his cards on the table concerning this troubling state of affairs on the first seven tracks of 'Chocolate Detox' with the remaining material dealing with the usual pop subject matter of love, love lost and trying to get it right. Day to day issues anyone with a pulse and a significant other can relate to.

The Songs
Manwiller is a talented song writer, but 'Chocolate Detox' ends up being a mixed bag really. Of the songs with a message, 'Goin' Nowhere' is a terrific start with tell-tale west coast influence that should please everyone who cherishes the Dakota sound old. 'Answers' is just as pleasing to the ear like a low-key Chicago, but from here on the tunes become less musical, or should I say 'catchy' as the message tends to interfere with my enjoyabilty and by the time we get 'Pathocracy' and it's Soundgarden meets Frank Zappa avant-rock, I'm ready to move on and quick. Thankfully things get much better as we enter 'The Politics Of Love' song cycle. 'The 1 Who Got Away' is a pleasant cut with the sound of a fiddle giving the song a warm Midwest feel while 'Easy Way Out' and 'New Shoes' takes the listener back to the classic early Sting albums. Last but not least 'The Best That I Could Do' is the disc's only ballad and brings to mind '90s singer-song writers like Martin Page and in turn closing this uneven disc on a high note.

In Summary
As Rick points out in the booklet notes, this CD was a labor of love creating music he wanted to make as opposed to the needs of major label 'suits'. There's enough good material here to make it worth a listen or two, but the ghost of Dakota still casts a long shadow over Manwiller's solo work and as such 'Chocolate Detox' is best left for fans of his former band and completists.

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