It’s not every day that you come across a record from a band that makes you feel their heart, passion, and life experiences in their words and the way they strum the guitar but that’s what you get from Runaway Dorothy and their debut full-length album, The Arc.
The Arc, is a fresh perspective that breaks from cliche love songs and embraces the ups and downs that come with having loved and lost. These songs aren’t about trying to win back the love of your significant other but relishing the moments you had with the person and growing from them.
After a listen to the record, you could easily compare him to Jakob Dylan (post-The Wallflowers, also, Bob Dylan’s son). There is an emphasis on the vocals and acoustic guitar stylings, forcing you to listen and inevitably capturing your emotions.
The lyrical strength of David Parnell’s work is evident on his song, “Takes Alot of Love,” where he hits you right in the heart with this line “it takes a lot of love/to leave you alone.” I’ve yet to hear a line that came so close to capturing the emotion of putting someone behind you and not bothering them, though all you want to do is hear their voice one more time. Parnell was able to do it.
Another track of the 11-song LP worth checking out is “Hard Way Home.” It’s about that one voice that will put a smile on your face every time you hear it. You can’t help but be there no matter what that person has done to you, bad or good.
On “Nights Like These Here,” it’s about the kind of love you know isn’t right for you and probably won’t work out but for that one night, nothing else seems better or makes more sense.
Overall it’s a straight-forward record that isn’t overbearing in anyway. You hear the acoustic guitar, or a little of the banjo and the harmonica and you feel like you’re experiencing a love-story first-hand, full of heart.
If you haven’t heard of Runaway Dorothy, you certainly will. This band is not only worth your time, it’s worth your money.