D.L. Marble is prepping for the release of a new album. It’s titled One Line At A Time and has a drop date of October 23. But first, for those not yet familiar with the act in question, a bit o’ background.
According to his official website, D.L. Marble is a Tempe, Arizona-based singer-songwriter and musician. His rockin’ resume includes relentless touring the US, Mexico, and Belize. It also features some hard to find previous releases. Finally, there’s also his 2012 disc Not The One…, and 2015’s Hard To Quit.
Marble’s signature sound is currently a mix of multiple music genres including Americana, country, western soul, and rock n’ roll. His more obvious influences include Jimmy Buffet, Roger Clyne, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Robert Earl Keen, and Ray Wiley Hubbard.
One Line At A Time
This disc includes 10 tracks. Here Marble leads the way on lead vocals and acoustic guitar. He is backed by several other artists including producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (electric and acoustic guitar and backing vocals), and Marble’s backing band including Roger Singleton (electric guitar), A.D. Adams (drums and percussion), Paul Williams (bass), and Gigi Dixon (keys).
Track by Track
The album opens on a love song titled “Ocean Beach.” The setting may be sunny and yet there is also a sense of loss and regret. It’s an apropos reflection of how life can be and immediately establishes his songwriting style.
The second selection is “Same Damn Thing.” It’s Marble’s adept adaptation of a song written by another American singer-songwriter, Rob Baird. This is the album’s first focus track and rightfully so. Here Marble takes a more philosophical approach reflecting on the meaning of life.
The next number is “Tonight.” Not to be confused with the 2003 single by Westlife or the more recent release by Kesha, this is an entertaining original song that surely must go over well with live audiences. It is slightly overshadowed by the previous piece yet retains its own identity.
The realistic, not uncommon, somewhat blunt “Undefeated” follows here. It is another Marble heartbreaker that demonstrates both his songwriting skills and the band’s instrumental abilities.
“One Line At A Time” is another lyrical life lesson. This one comes complete with a rather compelling groove too. All one needs to do is listen to it to understand why it was selected as the title track. It earned the honor.
Things slow down a little with “Break Even.” This one contains more soul searching via the use of musical metaphors. The vocals may be momentarily imperfect and yet they perfectly communicate the Marble’s honest emotions. The music serves to drive and further amplify the mood of the song.
Also included here is “Bombay.” This upbeat song may have been somewhat ignored by early reviewers, but the writing and performing nevertheless remain solid and consistent.
Another focus track, “California Memory” is a lovely slow song that cleverly catches a couple of people at an imperfect moment. The imagery is clear in this musical “might have been but wasn’t” moment.
The album is coming to a close as the rockin’ cut “Better Than Me” opens. Still, there is no slacking off here, no sir! The ride is not quite over and the quality has clearly not faltered. Indeed, the band plays like it still has something to prove.
The album endnote is “Chasing You.” It’s a well-chosen closing cut with a slight retro or classic country tinge to it. The song involves another imperfect relationship.
Some critics might claim it has a bitter feel to it but the music moves on underlying the true intentions of the speaker. Indeed, it might mention a sad ending but it’s also about perseverance and inner strength too. Any audience will no doubt be somewhat empathetic.
Overall . . .
Overall, this album of mainly original material amply demonstrates that Marble does indeed sometimes wear his heart on his sleeve as an entertainer. Still, despite the early bad luck he might have had has led him to having a family that encourages him with his career so maybe next time he should write a song titled “It All Worked Out Fine.” Besides, the sincerity in his songs only serves to make him sound more sincere and the songs more genuine.
The music is generally precise and his lyrical insights are often expressed employing simplistic imagery that gets right to the heart of the matter. This album is rife with commercial possibilities without being obvious. His songs are often emotional but also often universal. So check out One Line At A Time by D.L. Marble because it’s not the “Same Damn Thing” everyone else is doing.