Don Ryan: Tangle Town Roz Smith December 7, 2011 Albums 3 The lights dim and the ring master appears, or at least that’s what I imagined at the start of Don Ryan’s 18-track mini-show, Tangle Town. The series of folky narratives is captivating right from the big band-styled intro and vintage feel. The opening act illuminates the release with silvery bells contrasting dreary drums to push the audience to the edge of their seat. What truly makes this album glisten is the way that Ryan is able to change his vocal tone from snarky to raspy with ease and romance. Tangle Town also features four intermission pieces, which vary from rag time piano, an out of tune music box, creepy laughter that could have been taken from Stephen King’s Carrie, and cheers for an encore. To keep its momentum going, the lengthy album keeps pushing forward with distorted fun house-inspired guitar parts and bright, steel strings. However, Tangle Town isn’t all fun and games. The release has a dark side complete with swanky bass and melancholy strings. If that isn’t enough to send tingles down one’s spine, maybe the moans and groans during “Daedalum” will get those little neck hairs standing up. Although there are some dark elements at play, Ryan shows his softer side through his romantic vocals and soft-as-cloud guitar tones. During the catchiest song on Tangle Town, Ryan delivers swinging beats, as well as a clash of melodious and despondent vocals. The disc closes out with some of the most emotive vocals that Don Ryan recorded. One can truly feel his snarl through the pacing of the lyrics in the duet “Crystal Star.” The only negative piece of feedback for Tangle Town is that there isn’t as strong a curtain closer as the opener. Other than that, the dark circus that Don Ryan brings to life is nothing short of vibrant. In A Word: Dazzling 3 Responses Lightwave Saber VL5 fretless bass December 7, 2011 […] Tangle Town Tangle Town To keep its momentum going, the lengthy album keeps pushing forward with distorted fun house-inspired guitar parts and bright, steel strings. However, Tangle Town isn't all fun and games. The release has a dark side complete with swanky bass and … Read more on Aquarian Weekly […] Reply Tim December 7, 2011 Just heard this album. If Jeff Buckley was still alive and had a baby with Tom Wats, the baby might sound like this. The album has a 1990s concept feel. Refreshing in a world of pushed singles. I wish the vocals were mixed better on a few tracks, as the lyrics are real thinkers. Aside from that: Go get this CD and be the cool kid who discovered Don Ryan first. A few months or years from now, this album’s gonna inevitably explode. Reply Don Ryan December 8, 2011 Hey, thanks so much to Roz and the Aquarian for the kind words! If anyone reading this review would like to hear my album, it’s all up at http://www.facebook.com/DonRyanMusic. Like the page and we’ll keep in touch. Cheers! –Don Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.