Allan Douglas | Lipstick Pickup

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Lipstick Pickup

by Allan Douglas

Songs about life, love, sin & redemption. At times a lushly orchestrated sonic soak, at others a fiery, propulsive rocker.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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1. Brook Street
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2. Starburnt Child
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3. Lonesome Desperate Love
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4. Angelina
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5. Pacifico
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6. Cast Away
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7. Lipstick Pickup
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8. Rest of the Way
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9. Pictures
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10. When Time Began
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11. Riverside
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Check out http://www.myspace.com/allandouglas for lyrics, pictures and the latest news & info!

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Allan Douglas makes "pop art" music. It’s proud, unabashed guitar pop -- stressing melody and lyric, structure and style -- that embraces the sonic & emotional layers and colors found in reliable creative expression.

As a teenager in south Florida, Douglas discovered his father's music collection which read like a who’s who of celebrated melodic rock from the ’60s & ’70s: Beatles, Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Phil Spector, Bob Dylan, Bee Gees, The Ventures, Tom Petty, Simon & Garfunkel, Zombies, etc. Douglas continued absorbing songs and musical styles: from surf he discovered shoegazer, from rockabilly he found soul -- all music that is raw, passionate, and personal at its core. Exposure to these masterful sounds provided an inspiring template from which to create.

While he was immersing himself in authoritative pop & rock music, Douglas studied classical music at University of Miami and gained a completely different musical vocabulary through music theory and performance. After time spent in the United Kingdom and a subsequent move to Nashville, he combined his classical training with his pop & rock education, thereby complementing each side with the other and opening up boundless possibilities of creation and variation.

With these influences and ideas in mind, he set out to make his own individual stamp on “pop art.” With help from many friends, LIPSTICK PICKUP was recorded over the period of nine months, and was released in 2007 on Douglas’ own independent label, Photograph Records. Described as “warmly cinematic,” “a sonic soak,” and “Beach Boys-meets-Weezer,” the 11-song album speaks of sin & redemption -- and the tension those two subjects share.

While some songs address the freedom and intense joy found in fulfilling life’s callings (“When Time Began,” “Lipstick Pickup”), others articulate the restlessness and longing found in the struggle to live by grace in a fallen world (“Starburnt Child,” “Riverside”). Along the way are poignant songs of urgent desperation (“Cast Away”), gaining love (“Angelina”), and losing self (“Lonesome Desperate Love”). Using rich imagery and captivating word pictures, the expressiveness of the lyrics is as multi-tiered as the thick vocal harmonies that saturate many of the songs.

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Jonathan Barnes

Summer Slight-of-Hand
From the first notes of Lipstick Pickup you have a feeling Allan Douglas might have some musical tricks up his sleeve, but he’s not yet willing to show them to you . . . that is, until you dive deep into the album and bask in its summer rays. When he does show you some of his musical magic, it’s not through flash and slight-of-hand, but in an honest way – sort of like: “let’s be summer-breezy, real, and use the studio as an instrument, all at the same time” -- Hard to explain, but easy to listen to and more enjoyable with every listen. Standout tracks in this reviewer’s opinion: Brook Street, Lipstick Pickup, Cast Away. Pick up this album for some summer slight-of-hand.
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The Tennessean

Sonic Soak, Fiery Rocker
Douglas' self-released debut, Lipstick Pickup, is at times a lushly orchestrated sonic soak, at others a fiery, propulsive rocker. Fans of Tom Petty, the Beach Boys and well-crafted '60s pop in general should find a lot to like here.
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Daydream Generation

Magical Melodic Vibe
I really like what you're doing here - there's a lot of people (including myself) who cite The Beach Boys as an influence, but very, Very few who ever come close to capturing something that resembles the magical melodic vibe of their songs, and I think you've got it as close as I've ever heard.
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