FLASH!!! Singer-Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Unveils One-Man-Band
ROCK Record on the INTIMATE AUDIO label:
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2010
late 2005, Dale Turner started chipping away at the ultimate musicianship
challenge: Write an entire record of super eclectic (non-mainstream, though
surprisingly accessible) ROCK music that *he* (see BIO)
wanted to hear, AND produce, perform all the instruments, arrange, and
engineer himself (including the disc's artwork). The record that resulted,
released June 1, 2010 on the INTIMATE AUDIO label),
sits somewhere between the singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist tradition
of Jon Brion, Elliott Smith, Joseph Arthur, and Sufjan
Stevens, with added flavor from Dale's King's X, Mr. Bungle,
Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Brian Wilson/Beach Boys,
and Bobby McFerrin influences.
describe the music as "moody, acoustic art-rock," but also enjoy
leaving it open to interpretation:
PLAYER MAGAZINE says: "Smart pop tunes that are crammed
with interesting guitar parts and tones ... Like what the Beach
Boys might do if they were on an acid trip that was on the verge
of getting out of control. Yeah!"
CONNECTION MAGAZINE calls Mannerisms Magnified:
"Clever in concept and sophisticated in execution. Turner's
an accomplished guitarist ... working at a high level. It seems
there's nothing he cannot do in the studio."
BIG TAKEOVER says: "With his agile guitar plucking and
mischievous lyrical wordplay, Mannerisms proves Turner is
an exception to that old axiom, 'Those who can't do, teach.' Expertly
crafted, multi-layered, and idiosyncratic guitar pop. Impressive."
MAG (U.K.) says: "Slacker-rock mingles with seventies-style
harmonies and new-prog in this eccentric and eclectic collection
... like a strange re-invention of Supertramp, mixed with Pavement.
This record is incredibly creative, inventive and well-crafted."
ZEITGEIST says: "Recordings that kick trendy clichés
to the curb ... Jellyfish-style pop layered with Brian Wilsonesque
vocals co-mingle with complexity that beckons the prog association.
Dale Turner is a prodigious, inventive and very special musical
ACCESS MAGAZINE says: "A rich cocktail of differing
textures, aural delights, interesting instrumentation, and quirky
vocal arrangements. A remarkable and inspiring effort on all fronts.
D-I-Y Musicians take note; Turner will teach you a thing or two."
MUSIC DIGEST calls it: "Musical brilliance. Highly
original, creative, extremely melodic, and unpredictable as hell.
If you're looking for a tripped-out musical experience ... jump
head first into Mannerisms Magnified."
WEB EXPRESS calls Dale: "A multi-talented yet quite
eclectic composer/guitarist who never fails to take a hard left
turn ... Mannerisms Magnified takes rock music in a daring
new direction ... You'd never guess it was all one person doing
says: "Dale Turner is an inspiration in every sense of the word
... A true mad scientist at work ... If Radiohead was making music
in the 70's with Mike Patton helping on vocals, this may be what
would have been heard ... This one-man-band is a one-man-force to
be reckoned with."
MAGAZINE calls Mannerisms Magnified: "A varied
mix of clever rock and pop, with a progressive edge. A very personal
album. Dale Turner certainly would qualify as a musical 'renaissance
AUDIENCE MAGAZINE says: "This ROCKS! Quality music ...
diverse/original/catchy ... Dale Turner does SO MUCH on his own
... a shoe-in for our indie feature because of what he can teach
the rest of us starving artists."
AM ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE says: "Awesomelyuniquelyamazing
(one word)! This is not for the music lover who likes to hear the
typical repetitive Pop song ... Dale borders the line of musical
MAGAZINE says: "Technical finesse will appeal to the
intellect, while emotion to the heart ... Dale Turner is a much-needed
breath of fresh air."
calls Mannerisms Magnified: "A singer-songwriter ...
debut album ... full of acoustic guitar virtuoso techniques."
N' ROLL VIEW calls it: "Thought-provoking melodic rock
in the vein of Mr. Bungle, Queen, and Frank Zappa ... packed to
the hilt with amazing creativity, captivating subject matter, unpredictability
[and] high adrenalin vocal delivery."
says: "What is there not to like about this incredible one-man show?
If you like rock and pop like Queen or The Beatles this guy is no
brainer. Excellent music from top to bottom."
EMISSIONS says, of Mannerisms Magnified: "Someone
once said that there was a fine line between genius and insanity.
This feels like the work of a genius, but I can't help thinking
I've witnessed elements of the insane at the same time!"
MUSIC PROMOTIONS likens Dale to "A musical Salvador
Dali." Adding that "Mannerisms Magnified comfortably borders
on masterpiece territory ... Smart, catchy and sophisticated with
dark undertones and 'down the rabbithole' surprises around every
EDGE says: "When you've got a stack of 100+ CDs
on your desk and too many of them sound alike, the occasional surprise--like
Dale Turner's Mannerisms Magnified--is a much-needed breath
of fresh air. Unique, exciting and delightful ... it gets better
with each listen. Its originality shines."
BIG SMILE MAGAZINE says: "As I
pressed play for the first track, I was blown away. This album is
nothing you have experienced. And the experience is not easily put
into words. Not one song could fit into a genre category... Take
the journey with Dale Turner and open your mind. Enjoy the ride."
NORTH COLUMBIA MONTHLY calls Mannerisms Magnified: "Incredibly weird, absolutely riveting music. Some of the most arresting vocal harmonies I've encountered, ever. A study in how to create an incredibly eclectic, orchestrated, pop-masterpiece."
MUSIC WORTH REVIEWING calls it: "A roller-coaster ride of moods and sounds. Dale Turner is an eclectic genius full of lyrical delights and intelligent musical sensibility. Musically, he's kind of a mix between Ben Folds, Sufjan Stevens, and Björk. But on many tracks, frankly, he’s better."
MAGAZINE says: "Dale Turner has one of those voices
to which the ear is just naturally drawn."
MUSE says: "Truly brilliant vocal harmonies. Turner's
voice ... will remind you of classic Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
and Jeff Buckley, yet has a signature all its own that transcends
MAG says: "A fresh & original piece of work here ...
You really never know what to expect from track to tracksome
beyond-weird voice effects, unorthodox mode of tempos ... Get ready
to hear something unique."
INDEPENDENT MUSIC AND MEDIA calls
Dale: "A true visionary ... who really gives meaning to the word
'independent.' There is a lot to be said about a man that forges
his own destiny ... who has the audacity to take on any idea his
mind can conjure up. A true one-man band."
(U.K.) says: "Colourful vocal delivery and precise instrumentation
... Evokes thoughts of Mr. Bungle ... Fans of Mike Patton should
perhaps take interest."
VETERANS OF ROCK says: "Dale Turner is one of this
decade's finest singers. This guy is fearless! A first class recording."
calls Dale: "An ace guitarist with a vast stylistic palette."
CAVE says: "If you are looking for something in music
that dares to be original, then the music of Dale Turner fits the
says: "Inspired and sophisticated. A distinctive style with quirky,
inventive imagery and unexpected dissonance, unusual arrangements
and a jazz/prog rock-influenced phrasing. An overall showcase of
obvious talent on display."
MUTANTMALL.COM says: "The first time I
listened to [Mannerisms Magnified], I was frozen in time
and space as it took over my mind. I forgot where I was. Dale's
music is complex, tricky, and unusual ... yet ... at the core, you
can't escape the beautiful vocal melodies and well-crafted acoustic
guitar. It's alive, like music should be." (Carl King, a.k.a.
Sir Millard Mulch, a.k.a. Dr. Zoltan Øbelisk)
CRASHING SYMBOLS says: "At track two ["Bad
Seed"] I feel as if I've started listening to the late Jeff Buckley's
Grace. It's not so much the way Turner softly but effectively
vocalizes, but even the intricate, mellow guitar work that so hauntingly
marked "Grace" and "Last Goodbye" are apparent
here. This isn't a case of an artist simply imitating Buckley, but
rather showcasing his passion for such an influence."
says: "This guy is a musical genius who locked himself away
for a few years to deliver you this catalogue of music. It's highly
worth an hour of your time to peer into Turner's world."
the focus of this 12-song collection is clearly "presentation of songcraft,"
MAGNIFIED is heavily propelled by Turner's nuanced fretwork
(acoustic and electric guitar influences that include the aforementioned
Buckley and Smith, along with Steve Morse, Tommy Emmanuel,
John Frusciante, Ani DiFranco, Ty Tabor, Andrew
York, Jimi Hendrix, and Jeff Beckmany of whom
Turner has had the privilege of conducting interviews/private lessons
with at his former "job") and wide-ranging vocal approaches (from eerie
whispers, dreamy falsetto, and stunningly-intricate harmonies, to full-throttle
rock wails, cartoon-like voices, and throat singing effects).
Though all the songs on MANNERISMS
MAGNIFIED (with the exception of the multi-tracked a cappella
opening cut, and Brian Wilson homage, "Brian on the Brain") feature
acoustic guitar and voice as their foundation, all have been augmented
in the recording process with Turner's subtly unorthodox drumming (influenced
by the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, Steve Smith, and
Stewart Copeland), linear-yet-supportive bass playing (influenced
by Flea, Jaco Pastorius, and Carol Kaye), and, of
course, Turner's vast array of electric guitar sounds. Add to that, Turner's
piano, mandolin, and accordion touches on select cutsand the fact
that virtually any other instrument heard is actually a vocal
sound (think: Mike Patton meets Bobby McFerrin meets Raul
Midon)and you get a hint of the unpredictable, yet highly-musical
listening experience this 42-minute sonic journey offers.
about lyrics, you ask? On that subject... While MANNERISMS
MAGNIFIED certainly contains its share of humorous moments
(comedy which Turner claims inspiration from Dr. Seuss, Tom
Lehrer, George Carlin, Bill Maher, and David Cross),
the majority of songs deal with serious subjectsthings Turner feels
strongly about, like religion, women/women's rights, racism, child abduction/abuse,
death/suicide, gay rights, chemical dependency, and various types of social/psychological
dysfunction. (Does the world really need another dozen love songs?)
MAGNIFIED was initially mixed on a Power Mac G4 by Dale Turner,
then remixed (from stems) through vintage/modern analog gear by sonic
wizard Robert Wawoe. Mastered by Eddy Schreyer (Jon Brion, Fiona Apple,
Take 6, Korn, Queen) at Oasis Mastering.
includes original art/illustrations and complete lyrics booklet.
former West Coast Editor (1996-2007) of the now defunct Guitar One
magazine, in addition to working as a performing/recording musician and
producing engineer, Dale Turner is an instructor at Hollywood's Musician's
Institute (where he teaches Jimi Hendrix-style rhythm guitar improvisation,
music theory/ear training, sight-reading, and rhythmic independence for
the singing guitarist), and author of 50+ instructional books/transcription
folios (his latest being Power Plucking - A Rocker's Guide to Acoustic
Fingerstyle Guitar). He also writes a monthly acoustic guitar column
for Guitar World magazine, and is featured in their Lick of
the Day App. for iPhone/iPad.
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