Album Review: Dan Croll – Sweet Disarray
Dan Croll, one of the most promising artists of 2014, released his debut album Sweet Disarray with the help of musical engineer Joe Wills. He quickly won over fans after releasing his EP From Nowhere; as a result, both “Compliment Your Soul” and “From Nowhere” found themselves in the #1 spot on Sirius XM Alt Nation. Croll was also featured in Grand Theft Auto 5 and FIFA 14. During his 2013 tour he sold out numerous headlining shows on both sides of the Atlantic, played at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and supported Bastille and Imagine Dragons during their UK/European tours.
Synth pop masterpiece “From Nowhere” opens the album and prepares its listeners for the journey Sweet Disarray will carry them through. From the catchy piano tunes to the grungy guitar lines, the infectious song will find itself on repeat. However, the mood changes quickly when Croll devotedly describes a toxic relationship in the tricky, upbeat “In / Out”: “Cause I’m a fool for you / So let me in and I’ll let you call me names / Insult the words and cuss at me that it’s all the same / And if you want me out then only say / Only say and I’ll be on my way.”
The title track is a heartfelt song about his experience with his grandmother who suffers from dementia. “Sweet disarray / The street I call home is the street I walk alone / Same everyday / I never recall getting lost and getting old.” Having lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s years ago, it definitely hit a soft spot. With a slight tropical feel to the delightfully nostalgic tune, “Home” closes the album, reminding us that home is where your family is―there is no better place: “Makes me glad I’m only a stone’s throw away / Makes me sad that others can’t have it the same way / Oh home, home.”
Before Croll rediscovered his love for music, he was all set for a rugby career until he broke his leg on the field. He attended Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) where he won National Songwriter of the Year from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and was one of eight picked to have a one-on-one session with LIPA founder Sir Paul McCartney. From brilliant melodies, electronic beats, memorable guitar hooks, and a clever blend of folk you’ve got yourself an album packed with expertly crafted songs. Croll’s debute LP demonstrates his passion for music and his talent is put forth throughout each song. Sweet Disarray is a must have album and 2014 will be the year for Mr. Croll!