There are only two players to the different elements heard on â€œDust & Tearsâ€. When an individual has the ability to hear exactly what sort of dense and detailed sound issues forth from their speakers during â€œDust & Tearsâ€, they will be amazed. McGuire himself takes on the vocals, bass, guitars, and drums, while Donnie LaMarca takes the strings and the piano-type instruments. â€œBreatheâ€ is the culmination of these two talented musicians, making for a track that touches upon the Goo Goo Dolls, Vertical Horizon, and even earlier acts like Neil Young and Bryan Adams.
â€œBreatheâ€ is destined for rotation on college and alternative radio, and represents the best possible foray into the minds and hearts of listeners that are new to McGuireâ€™s work. â€œUp All Nightâ€ may not be as immediately catchy as â€œBreatheâ€, but represents an important track on â€œDust & Tearsâ€ as it allows McGuire to spread his wings. The production here gently caresses the rich layering of drums, guitars, and vocals. While there are still catchy vocals and heart-felt allusions, it is really the musical side of things that represents the most beautiful thing here. â€œBeauty In Liesâ€ may be the best track on â€œDust & Tearsâ€, though. There is a darker, more brooding sound that flickers at the periphery during this track, which starts innocently enough as a description of a female.
The blending of knowledge and love here strikes a chord that resonates in anyone that is turned onto the track. â€œHeroâ€ drops much of the instrumentation that is present throughout the album, instead opting for a much more laissez-faire approach to the song. While there are drums and a synthesizer flickering at the edges of the thing, it is the vocals that command the most attention. There is a certain timeless quality with McGuireâ€™s vocals here, ensuring that fans of all ages will find something that they can appreciate. In that sense, then, â€œHeroâ€ represents in a part the whole of Dust & Tears: impressive rock music that is eclectic enough to keep all interested and eagerly anticipating more by the end of â€œCome Insideâ€.
Top Tracks: Breathe, Dust & Tears
Rick McGuire â€“ Dust & Tears / 2009 Self / 9 Tracks / http://www.rick-mcguire.com / http://www.myspace.com/rickmcguiresongs