Music blog Hear, Hear! featured us today and reviewed Thugs and China Dolls. Those nice people say:
“Dukes knows how to craft a song from the ground up,and he’s ready to show what can be accomplished when being an eccentric is considered a badge of honor. This one’s a definite keeper.”
Surviving the Golden Age has a review up for Thugs and China Dolls, and, um, well, they kind of gush about it.
“[Folk has] grown up, it’s sophisticated, and nothing defines the medium better than Dare Dukes’ Thugs and China Dolls.”
Smart music blog Listen, Damnit reviewed Thugs and China Dolls today and said some very, very nice things. Extra points for the use of “adenoidal”!
…”a baroque-folk album built around acoustic instruments: banjo, mandolin, strings, horns, accordion and rich, beautiful vocal harmonies. Dukes sings in a distinctive voice at once tuneful and adenoidal, and his lyrics are smart and vivid.
With twin horn lines, a stop-start rhythm and male-female vocal interplay on the chorus, free song “Meet You At the Bus” feels like a gentler answer to the Replacements “Kiss Me On the Bus,” but don’t mistake gentle for naive: Dukes is as savvy as he is empathic.”