Rand Reynolds | Scorched Earth

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Scorched Earth

by Rand Reynolds

The New Black of Underground Country: Acoustic guitars rumble in wall of moody chords to a gritty brooding baritone voice singing of love, pain and death.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Captain O' Captain
4:55 $0.99
2. Crawl
3:21 $0.99
3. Autumn Heart
5:22 $0.99
4. In The Hole
4:57 $0.99
5. The World Bows
3:54 $0.99
6. One Horse Town
3:30 $0.99
7. Lost and Found
3:24 $0.99
8. Ramblin'
5:01 $0.99
9. Weary Hand
5:26 $0.99
10. Better
3:52 $0.99
11. Baby Long Gone
2:25 $0.99
12. Scorched Earth
4:00 $0.99
13. If You Want Me
6:25 $0.99
14. Kingdom Road
3:41 $0.99
15. Flesh and Bone
4:49 $0.99
16. Invisible
4:41 $0.99
17. 2nd Time Around
4:39 $0.99
18. Like Popeye
5:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
With his 4th cd of Modern Hillbilly music, Rand Reynolds continues his journey to connect the heart to the head. This guitarist’s lightning maturity and sophistication as a songwriter strengthens with Scorched Earth as his baritone delivery introduces new emotional elements that are convincing and contagious. His signature sound is patently potent -- acoustic guitars rumble about in ominously barren musical arrangements that, on the surface, are simplistic in origin, but with an underlying level of complexity masked by the songs’ straightforward melodies. Reynolds’ style is not a manufactured sound, to be sure; his harsh sparse tone is readily recognizable and as close to the listener as this man’s own DNA. He records as if he’s playing to a crowd of one in a perpetual wringing out of a dusty tired heart. At times, this material is unsettling, even horrific perhaps, but ultimately uplifting and cleansing despite a dirge-like morose undercurrent. This is a formidable weighty collection of 18 songs, a portfolio almost, of edgy well-conceived works. Reynolds' lyrics are meditative -- not in a fashionable New Age sense -- but rather, short stories about how human beings assemble their own personality puzzles. For listeners, it's a voyeuristic spiritual romance from a provoking artist who's just begun to share the songs he thought he could never sing. Scorched Earth is not country, exactly, not folk, not rock, but all these things, and promises to be a prelude to Reynolds' own defining moment in Americana music.
Here's what listeners are saying:
* "Very soulful playing and singing. Very emotive lyrics sung with vibrant expressive tone. I'm enjoying the nice sound mix. You sing a story very well. Very earthy stuff. Love the production mix here. Great!" Vesa of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
* Great production! Dig the vocals and lyrics! Great alt/country sound!" Texas Jake of Dallas.
* "Wonderful guitars and an impressive, emotional and deep voice. This is songwriting with personal touch, and I wish you all the Best for your original way and deeper type of country!" Pascal of Syngularity.
* "Love the way you created a setting here for the song. Very visual piece here, I can see every word you sing. Diggin your unique style of vocals too, it has character. I enjoyed listening to this." Ray Valera of San Bernardino, Calif.
Reviews from Mixposure.com Listening Room, 11/09/06.



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Très bon disque, subtil, hors du commun, tout plein d'émotions...
J'écoute beaucoup de musique et ce " Scorched Earth " je l'écoute souvent !!! ;-) Un jour, se serait un grand plaisir de t'entendre jouer en europe Rand Reynolds ;-) Thank you !!!

William E Handy Jr

Scorched Earth
Rand Reynolds seems intent on keeping his side of the street clean and clearing away the wreckage of his past. This is a man who is not afraid to admit what he did wrong, and then make public gut-wrenching amends through his music. You will hear brutal honesty similar to Johnny Cash’s pleadings near the end of his life.

Every song that Rand Reynolds records seems to be an invitation to witness a past disaster or share in a future hope in Rand’s life. Sometimes I feel like he’s making a deep confession and it’s me listening behind the screen. Other times I feel he is asking me to watch his back and bolster his courage.

His guitar playing is unrestrained with emotional timing shifts, changes in intensity and muscular bending of notes. His playing is in honest partnership with his vocal skills… You will experience firsthand the raw emotion that Rand Reynolds is so bravely putting down. Rand has already produced an impressive body of work. After becoming familiar with all of it, I am amazed at the consistent brutal honesty and high emotional content.