I received an advance copy of Danny Hauger's new album Chasing the Golden Age for review purposes. Much like his other music I've listened to, this album is very catchy, tender, and even comforting. It's something you can listen to and relax with, recalling fond memories and drifting off to the tunes. It contains 22 songs, many of which are available for free download at his website.
Here are the liner notes according to TuneCore: "The second album from Danny Hauger is an individual effort incorporating multiple remote collaborations and expanding the singer-songwriter genre to include frames of rock, hip-hip, and alternative flavors. One year after 'Songs to Wake Up To,' this album expands to deeper melodic reflections and thoughtful modern rock blends. A combination of instrumental guitar and full featured alternative rock, 'Chasing the Golden Age' reflects on life contentment and searching for feelings of home and development. This album features supporting artists David Bingley, 'Iron' Terry Kim, Daniel Anthony, and Danny Angarita."
"Losing Sleep" is a tender yet sad song of unrequited love that I first heard on the last album. I like this song a lot, so I'm glad it's featured on this album as well. "The Question" is an excellent song with catchy harmonizing lyrics and good music. "Packing Up" incorporates a finality into the song, something has come to an end. "Cascade" reminds me of the comfort of drifting off to sleep for a soothing much needed nap.
"Slow Dance" and "I Want You" are both very expressive of love and physical intimacy as well as happiness. These songs remind me of exploration, shy and uncertain yet tender and playful like teenagers and young love.
"Windsor Horizon" is an instrumental that reminds me of a far-away and mysterious land while "Nostalgia" relates a searching for something or sharing fond memories and fun times.
"All the Wrong Places" is a rap song. While I admire and understand the desire to experiment, this song does not fit with the rest of the album. It lacks the serenity and comforting nature of Chasing the Golden Age. Another least favorite song is "Just Soft," which I find "just okay;" a bit monotonous and lacking the passion felt in most of the other songs.
Much of the album follows a theme of serenity and exploration. The eponymous track, "Chasing the Golden Age," hauntingly captures the basic wishes everyone has ("2.5 kids, a dog and a beautiful wife"). "A Good Man" has good lyrics but I don't think the music and lyrics marry quite as well as they should.
I LOVE the track "Playing Intendo." I had to laugh out loud when recalling how parents and grandparents would refer to Nintendo as this incorrectly! This one uses video games sounds to make a neat little song playing into the modern age of technology.
"Again" is a characteristically melodic song evoking feelings of excitement, desire, and tender eagerness; a wanting. It takes you back to the days of adolescent charm, much like most of the album.
Transport back to delightful memories of youth and learning what it's like to be in love and finding yourself in life.
Chasing the Golden Age (advance copy, compliments of Danny Hauger)