Musicians Institute Instructor Dale Turner Releases Debut Album
Posted by Michael Mueller on August 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM
My good friend and former colleague at Guitar One magazine, Dale Turner, has "finally" released his debut solo album, a 12-song platter titled Mannerisms Magnified. While I've long known Dale as an ace guitarist with a vast stylistic palette, I didn't realize he was so intent on becoming a one-man rock band. But on Mannerisms, he's achieved just that, playing all guitars, bass, drums, piano, mandolin, accordion, and various vocal sounds (including a pretty decent mouth trumpet).
While Mannerisms Magnified is a full-on rock band record, the songs are all based on acoustic guitar and voice arrangements, which means songcraft is the top priority here. Album highlights include "She-Hab," a humorous take on a relationship with the wrong girl; "Morality Rule," which takes on the hypocritical actions of some on the moral right; and "Exit Wound," a gloriously twisted composition built on musical mischief and vocal adventure.
Dale claims among his influences such monster talents as Jeff Buckley, Jimmy Gnecco (Ours), Elliott Smith, Mike Patton, Ty Tabor, Jon Brion, Jeff Beck, and Brian Wilson. And while you can hear all of them seeping through the fabric, the finished tapestry is all Turner. It may have taken him longer than he would have liked to put this collection of songs out there, but it was worth the wait.
You can hear a preview of Mannerisms Magnified below, at Dale's official MySpace page, and at his web site, www.intimateaudio.com. And if you like what you hear, you can buy the album at amazon.com, iTunes, and CDBaby.com.