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by chris arduser

This artist has been writing critically acclaimed songs for several pop/rock bands over the last decade. (adrian belew and the bears, psychodots, the graveblankets) HOSTAGE is his first solo release. Melody-driven hooks, jangling guitars and dark wit.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Favorite Five Dollar Bill
2:52 $0.99
2. Sugar On My Mind
3:19 $0.99
3. You Just Don't Get It
3:51 $0.99
4. One More Crooked Mile
3:12 $0.99
5. The Girl Who Cried Wolf
4:08 $0.99
6. Hostage
3:10 $0.99
7. Demonize Me
3:53 $0.99
8. Inside Out and Backwards
2:59 $0.99
9. Not Listening
3:27 $0.99
10. Sleep in My Shoes
3:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
"HOSTAGE is another captivating effort by one of the treasures of the Tristate music scene. The 10 songs are Mr. Arduser's usual masterful mix of pop melodies,dark lyrics and intriguing folk-rock instrumental textures."
Larry Nager - cincinnati enquirer

"A current member of three critically applauded and active combos(The Bears,Graveblankets and psychodots),a talented multi-instumentalist,busy session and touring musician and productive songwriter,Chris Arduser would seem to have very little time on his hands to do much else. But apparently he did find time to fall in love and record his solo debut full length,HOSTAGE, a strong ten song collection of polished pop and clever songwriting celebrating his newfound romantic captivity.
A powerhouse drummer and accomplished mandolinist,Arduser ably handles all the instrumentation on the disc,including acoustic and electric guitars,bass,piano and organ touches and colorful background vocals. As a producer,Arduser crafts a cohesive sound and taut arrangements that are at times delightful and surprising,but still allow the songs the requisite room to breathe."
Sean Rhiney -

"Arduser's songs get straight to the punch; melody-driven and loaded with clever lyrics,the Pop power of HOSTAGE should please fans of The Graveblankets and Arduser's contributions to his other bands.Of special note are Arduser's vocals,which come across as strong as anything he's put to tape to date."
Mike Breen - cincinnati citybeat

"Veteran Cincinnati musician and delightfully twisted songwriter Chris Arduser is out with his first solo project,HOSTAGE. It is a solo project in the true sense, with Arduser playing all the instruments and doing all the singing. Arduser calls it "my latest batch of pop nonsense." Indeed,it is full of great pop whimsy,featuring Arduser's delicious insecurities,rampant paranoia and twisted relationship tales."
Rick Bird - cincinnati post



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another tour de force of imagination and wit!
i bought Celebrity Motorcade first and fell in love with it. i prefer celebrity motorcade better... but man... mr. arduser sure has a great imagination and wit. his lyrics and instrumentation are very unique (to say the least). his soul leaks out in everything i've heard. ( i like demonize me the best)

fan from martinez

If you love the bears, get this!!
An excellent CD from Chris Arduser. The tunes are catchy, with quirky lyrics - much in the style of The Bears. In fact, if you love The Bears (and you should!), then you'll love this CD. Not a bad song on it. Thanks Chris!!

Blank Frank

Really Nice Pop Songs, Very Up-Beat!
This is a really nice collection of pop songs, very up-beat. Listening to it has helped me to get a better grasp Mr. Arduser's contributions to the music of the Bears and Psychodots. My favorite cut is Sugar On My Mind. It's one of those songs that gets stuck in my head and won't come out!