CD Review: Dropout Dan – ‘Forever, Instead’

By January 23, 2013 November 29th, 2016 CD, Reviews

It’s been a long time coming but finally, Dropout Dan is back with his new EP ‘Forever, Instead’ due for release on February 14. Daniel O’Dell from St Neots has given us a brilliant follow up from 2011 album, ‘Do You Remember?’ Dropout Dan is able to combine acoustic and gentle guitar rock, with a ballad feel which he is about to take out on the road with a short tour.

Dropout Dan

The track ‘Oh, Little Red’ with his soft tones and mellow guitar tune is an ideal opening to this great album and leaves you ready for more. His voice, slightly edgy in places, gives this song a decent balance between unique vocals and a rhythmic melody. The next song ‘Puppy Fat’ continues this musical journey through catchy lyrics and tap along beats. This song showcases some serious guitar skills which shine throughout the entire album.

Just when you think it can’t get any better, along comes ‘The Sound Of Faking’ with beautifully haunting lyrics and a soul-searching harmony. You find yourself completely absorbed in this smooth song. Penultimate song, ‘Sentimental’ gains a slightly upbeat tempo but is in keeping with the whole effortless feel of the album.

Dan’s deep meaningful lyrics emphasise the emotive feel of the track and leaves you in awe of this young man’s talent. Concluding song, ‘Like The Stars’ uses his raw powerful voice in just the right places fusing with the soothing acoustics, this song will quickly become one of your favourites. This end track, brings the album to a slow close like the final chapter of a good book and waiting for the sequel.

This second album has a more mature feel in its nature than the first, highlighting this rising star’s true potential. Dropout Dan is heading out to share this talent at a number of shows throughout February and March. Be there.