Dan Patlansky’s latest offering Dear Silence Thieves starts off hard and in your face with the track ‘Backbite’, it’s pure unadulterated Rock n Roll. It makes me think of a smoky, seedy bar in mid-west America (in a good way). The guitar solos Dan pull off are absolutely mind bending, just wow, just b-e-a-u-tiful. One solo in particular can be heard throughout the track ‘Hold On’ which slows down the album and automatically reminds me of Shinedown’s 2003 album Leave A Whisper, what an album that is. You can feel the emotion of the song course through you. I’m a huge fan of guitar solos (who isn’t?) so I am being quite biased here, but this solo brings a tear to my eye, it’s just that great!
The album sways between country inspired rock, hard hitting Rock n Roll, and acoustic soft rock, so prepare for a great musical journey. Dan’s gruff voice is raw and full of emotion and between his voice and the way he plays that guitar, I don’t know which one is more powerful. With hints of Alterbridge, Buckcherry and Pearl Jam, this album is a treat for any lover of rock. Do yourself a favour and go out and get this album, you won’t be disappointed. Grab your headphones, lay back, close your eyes and revel in the musical prowess of this phenomenal musician.
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