O.A.R. - The Mighty Vinyl 2LP
O.A.R. The Mighty Vinyl 2LP
What do you call a band whose 20 year-career spans sold-out stands at both Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks Amphitheater, millions of albums sold over the course of what will be nine full-length releases, and multiple chart-busting entries? In the case of O.A.R., two simple words suffice: "The Mighty." "Richie Sambora announced us at Red Rocks as ‘The Mighty O.A.R.' a few years back," recalls Jerry DePizzo. "Those two words just stuck with us, and Marc suggested we use it as the album title. We have a great sense of pride in the career we've had up to this point. The term wraps up who the band is in 2019. It feels good to us."
O.A.R. most definitely do that on their latest offering. They also tread uncharted territory. Rather than follow the same playbook and record during a set timeframe, they intermittently recorded throughout 2018, working on or writing a song only when inspired. Crafting all the songs simultaneously until the very last hours of the production deadline. In the studio, longtime producer Gregg Wattenberg would be joined by PomPom, who added a fresh take on the sound with an electronic sensibility and expanded soundscape.
"We used to rent a place for a month, go in, write music, take off for a break, and then record for another month," says Marc Roberge. "Thanks to Wattenberg, we now had access to a brand new studio and his guidance without the pressures of the clock. We could come and go when inspired, and fell into this comfortable experience. For the first time the schedule went out the window." "PomPom grew up around O.A.R. music," DePizzo adds. "To be able to bring someone into the fold who came up with your tunes and influence added a whole different perspective."
Case in point is the first single, "Miss You All The Time." Produced by Wattenberg and Derek Fuhrmann, its lush keys and moving guitar riff uphold an orchestral admission, "I miss you all the time." The emotionally charged send-off has immediately resonated with fans. Whether it's the space and harmony of "Free," the uplifting anthem "California," or the addictive groove on "Knocking at Your Door," O.A.R. ignite a bold, brilliant, and inspired next chapter with The Mighty.
O.A.R. The Mighty Track Listing:
1. Knocking At Your Door
4. Miss You All the Time
5. Oh My!
6. Turn It Up Slow
7. All Because of You
8. Be Easy
9. Are You For Real
10. Nantucket Is Gone
1. Miss You All the Time (Live)
2. Just Like Paradise (Live)
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