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ALBUM REVIEW

Dennis Davis
TROPIC OF TEXAS
©2010 Independently released
MTM244902
Review by Lucky Boyd

Co-Founder, MyTexasMusic.com

$13.99

The genre that includes tropic-inspired music is rather narrow.  Perhaps its most famous contributor is Jimmy Buffett.  Best known as ‘trop rock,’ the style actually crosses over into country, folk, rock, and Caribbean rhythms such as calypso.  The genre pulls from so many influences but ends up in ‘feel good’ place every time, inviting listeners to toss their cares and just relax.  The genre is rather difficult to master, and few have had success in it.  There are, however, some who personify the genre, such as Hanna’s Reef, Kelly McGuire, the Bad Monkeys, and the gone-too-soon Troy Allan, to name just a few.  Now comes Dennis Davis who has captured the spirit of the genre like no other.  His influences are varied and he brings them all to the table in his outstanding sophomore release.  Davis is poised to be a major player in the genre, with songs like “Tropical Diversion” and “Something To Beach About.”  Every song on the disc is a potential party as Davis wraps his warm and comfortable voice around flawless performances of stories featuring the Texas coastline.  “On The Seawall” will speak to those who know the allure of Galveston Island and “Rosie’s Cantina” will be a favorite of Padre Island visitors.  Davis departs a little from the party atmosphere on “The Bridge Builder,” but the cut is nearly five minutes of a wonderfully catchy anthem that rivals anything being produced in modern country music.  Equally motivational is Davis’ almost-gospel offering “Be The Light” which features choral echoes in the chorus, a feature that can easily propel a song to epic stardom.  The wrap-up track is the title cut and is an autobiographical treasure that immortalizes the aforementioned McGuire and others as Davis takes you on a journey up and down the Texas coast, a place he deems the “Tropic Of Texas.”  Rare as it may be, Davis has released a follow up to the 2006 BAREFOOT ON THE BEACH that has one immeasurable attribute:  it can take up permanent residence in your CD player.  The hard release date for this album is early 2011, and there’s no doubt Davis has set the bar for all who follow.

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