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Dave Rave - 8 Stars UK Review!!

Dec. 21st, 2010

Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:14:37 -0500
From: Ralph Alfonso
Subject: Bongo Beat NEWS - DAVE RAVE Gets 8 Star UK Review
To: ralph@bongobeat.com
Hi folks.
I just had to share this news.
We're all music fans and we all know UK music critics are the most demanding in the world... so... what a great surprise today - an 8 star review from influential UK music site Whisperin and Hollerin for Dave Rave's "Live With What You Know."
This caps off an incredible year for Dave as he barnstormed across Europe, UK, Canada and the USA, picking up fans, airplay, and accolades for "Live With What You Know" - his first rock'n'roll album for Bongo Beat. And yes, 2011 is going to be even busier for him :)
It's a wonderful Christmas present  and those of you in the Hamilton area may want to celebrate with Dave at his annual New Year's Eve concert at Fenian Films Studio, Hamilton. It is almost sold out and all details are here at Dave's site (scroll all the way down): 
If anyone would like another review copy, photos, or further information, please don't hesitate to contact me.
We're also happy to report the CD is in its second pressing, another noteworthy accomplishment in this current climate (not to mention also being on the shortlist for a Grammy 2011 nomination).
Again, just wanted to share this great news. It's very exciting for us.
Wishing everyone all the best for the Holidays and New Year
Ralph Alfonso
Bongo Beat
-  Genre: 'Rock' -  
Catalogue No: 'BB 2009-2'
Our Rating:   8/10 stars      
Often referred to as either "the Canadian Nick Lowe" or simply "a musician's musician", Ontario native DAVE RAVE has been big news in his Canadian homeland for over three decades now.
Much of his rep rests on his spells with hugely successful garage rockers Teenage Head and his own power pop alchemists The Shakers, but his CV is truly staggering. His solo catalogue includes fantastic albums like 'Everyday Magic' and the 'lost' album 'Valentino's Pirates' which was originally released on vinyl by the Russian (!) label Melodiya before ending up out of print (and growing in legendary status by the day) for a decade.
Running parallel to these releases has been Rave's career as a much in-demand session musician with his credits including work with the likes of Daniel Lanois, Andrew Loog Oldham, Steve Wynn and Alex Chilton.   With this in mind, it's perhaps not surprising that his long-awaited new album 'Live With What You Know' has had something of a global incubation, with the songs coming from sessions in London, Paris, New York and Dave's native Hamilton and support being provided by a cast of thousands including long-term acolytes such as Gary Pig Gold, Mark McCarron, The Trews and fellow ex-Shaker Rick Andrew.
Although Mark McCarron appears on a couple of tracks (including the odd, Ska-tinged 'Strawberry Wine'), 'Live With What You Know' ignores the jazzier collaborations the two of them indulged in on 'In the Blue of my Dreams' and concentrates broadly on the Rockier side of Rave's oeuvre. With this in mind, the album kicks off with a delicious slice of spangly, anthemic Power Pop courtesy of 'Ann Marie' and later repeats the trick with the bouncy 'All of the Love You Can Handle', while 'Rain Song' is again very bright and immediate, if slightly kookier in design.
Elsewhere, something of a nostalgic vibe permeates the album. I don't know if tracks like 'Gonna Find You One Day' or the plaintive 'Station Road' relate directly to Dave's home town of Hamilton, ON, but they certainly sound like they do and they coax especially impassioned vocals from their author as well as sympathetic playing from all those involved. 'Streets of Liverpool', meanwhile, is a love song to the cradle of British Rock'n'Roll from a long-time Anglophile (Dave is a confirmed favourite at the annual Liverpool IPO festivals) which is not only lovely but quite possibly the first song I've ever heard that name checks Runcorn!
Meanwhile, in tandem with his trusted collaborators, Rave continues to push on into uncharted sonic territories. Lauren Agnelli co-writes a couple of memorable tunes with 'All of the Love you Can Handle' and the yearning, piano-led 'One of a Kind', while - as always - anything Dave does with Gary Pig Gold turns up trumps. This time, the two of them come up with a couple of wonderfully idiosyncratic acoustic outings in 'One Day your Sun will shine' and the self-explanatory 'You're Goin' to London'. The Rave/ Pig Gold axis is also responsible for the intriguing, psychedelic-tinged 'Rows and Rows', which is probably the most ambitious thing here and quite possibly this album's 'Farmer Needs Rain'.
Clocking in at around the 60-minute mark and seething with ideas, 'Live with What You Know' requires some work on the listener's behalf, but - as with all Rave releases - it rewards your input with some of the most glorious melodies you'll hear all year. It's yet another essential Dave Rave album and one you'll enjoy living with for years to come.
author: Tim Peacock

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