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Another Roll Of The Dice

by TJR

TJR mixes a passion for the great classic rock artists of yesterday to create his own blend of "Neo Classic Rock".
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. MTV Talk
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2. Peave Love And Don't Trust MTV
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3. One Summer Morning
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4. Hey Ya
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5. Baby Please
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6. Blue
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7. Home To Me
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8. Jesus Loves You (Everyone Else Thinks You're An A**h***
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9. Lil' Miss Thang
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10. Moves Like This
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11. Anna
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12. Bare
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13. No One Makes The Sunshine
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14. No One Makes The Sunshine (Reprise)
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15. Jesus Loves You (Radio Edit)
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Album Notes
TJR
'Another Roll of the Dice'

Release Date: 2007

Summary:

TJR knows how to combine the great elements of classic Rock n' Roll with sharp and humorous modern observations.

Review:

An antidote for rock fans starved of the tight backbeat and wailing guitar solos of classic rock, TJR's 'Another Roll of the Dice' is a sonic homage to what is great about Rock n' Roll, with the addition of cleverly interspersed social commentary.

The message of the album's first track, "Peace, Love, and Don't Trust MTV" will be readily championed by any fans of music who, like myself, are disenchanted with the 'music' station's false advertising regarding its programming.

Next up is "One Summer Morning", a mellow track with a great beat that is reminiscent of Thin Lizzy in its vocals and an acoustic George Thorogood in its music.

The cover of Outkast's "Hey Ya" is slower and quieter than the original, which effectively emphasizes the lyrics and should introduce this song to a demographic who may have passed the original version over.

"Baby Please" begins with audience applause and a cool descending hook; the shuffle of this song is evocative of ZZ Top. It proves to be a guitar warm-up for the great solo in "Blue", which begins with swelling, moaning licks and ends in a flurry of notes amidst the swagger of the backing band; it feels like your last drink before closing time at the bar.

The album's 7th track, "Home To Me", is a nice detour from the previous songs; its plaintive lyrics and dreamy guitars add another color to the album's feel, and set a nice sonic mood for the next track to catch the listener unaware -

"Jesus Loves You, Everyone Else Thinks You're an A**hole" makes its point in a good-natured way with its humor and laid back music (the edited bonus track's use of what sounds like a party favor to censor the expletive takes an already humorous song and makes it even funnier; TJR has been thoughtful enough to provide you with options when giving this song to your favorite annoying acquaintance).

After this, it's back to what he does best; "Lil' Miss Thang" has a Dire Straits feel, and the guitars remind us that layers of distortion are not what makes a song heavy. "Moves Like This" uses the same tones to effectively blend boogie licks into a catchy, foot-tapping pop song.

The lush production and mellow feel of "Anna" gives way to the album's most interesting track, "Bare", with its moody intensity building throughout the track until the drums come in to drive it home at 3:21. The music here made me think of The Band mixed with Pink Floyd, and the introspective lyrics will draw the listener even further in.

The album concludes with "No One Makes The Sunshine", a jazz-infused up tempo tune which surprisingly segues quite effectively from a Santana-esque solo fest into a smooth solo piano reprise.

In summary, the abundance of styles and lyrical content on 'Another Roll of the Dice' will appeal to a vast array of rock fans and will hold up well to repeated listening.

Charles Griggs - 2009

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Larry Watts

Great job TJR!
I have been a fan of TJR for years and I have to say that ‘Another Roll of the Dice’ is his best CD to date. TJR always puts on a great live show in which his voice, lyrics and guitar playing really shine. In my opinion, his previous CDs didn’t live up to the live experience. I enjoy his previous work, but the CDs didn’t capture the quality of TJR’s voice or the vibe of his sound. With ‘Another Roll of the Dice’, TJR has never sounded so good on disc. It is simply a great CD that captures the strength of his voice and combines it well with the addictive rhythm of TJR’s guitar. Songs I enjoy and tend listen to more than a few times, either strike me as catchy or complex. With ‘Another Roll of the Dice’, I was pleased all around. Tunes like ‘Home to Me’, ‘One Summer Morning’ and ‘Jesus Loves You’ are very catchy (both musically and lyrically). ‘Anna’, ‘Blue’ and ‘No One Makes the Sunshine’ give you something to sink your teeth into and chew on awhile. If you are a fan: You’ll definitely want to pick up this CD. If you’re not a fan, listen to the samples and you’ll soon be one.
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Dylan Thompson Clown Magazine UK

Nice on the ears
TJR's latest offering Another Roll of the Dice, is stylish and well polished, nice on the ears rock ‘n’ roll, in other words very professional offerings, and has no leftovers!
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Robert Kinsler

The desire to explore is a good thing.
If there is one direction that Fullerton-based singer-songwriter TJR has followed on his third full-length disc, it's simply to follow as many different paths as possible. And as TJR proves across the aptly-titled "Another Roll of the Dice," the desire to explore is a good thing.

From the satirical "Peace Love and Don't Trust MTV" and breezy rockabilly-tinged "One Summer Morning" to an emotive acoustic version of OutKast's "Hey Ya," and the beautiful folk ballad "Home to Me," the disc brings together the past and present in ways that showcase his formidable neo classic rock with his distinctive baritone and virtuoso guitar skills....Robert Kinsler, OC Register
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