Some Things Never Change
Burlington singer/songwriter Chris Titchner and cellist Ana Jesse, better known as Sunday Rain Dog, return with their second release from Bridgefolk Records, Some Things Never Change. This sophomore album, like their 1998 self-titled debut, features the sweet blend of Titchner's clear tenor voice and guitar and Jesse's sonorous cello. Some Things is characteristic Sunday Rain Dog in that catchy melodies, intelligent, thoughtful lyrics, and sensitive, moving cello lines are at it's musical core. However, the album shows incredible growth in both lyrical content and musical composition from their 1998 effort due to it's more varied and mature subject matter and the addition of elegant multi-instrument arrangements. Titchner still draws on relationships as the primary inspiration for his songs, but now focuses more on the intricacies of interaction rather than the trappings of romance. Besides relationships, Some Things also touches on such diverse topics as domestic violence, small town life, and ill-behaved pets. In a departure from the endearingly simple instrumentation of their eponymous debut, Sunday Rain Dog teamed up with guitarists Lyle King and Aaron Giroux, singer Emily Day, and percussionist Adam Rabin for Some Things. The result is a richer, more textured sound that compliments the multiple layers of meaning in the lyrics and showcases Titchner's and Jesse's talent and charisma. Although in the past Sunday Rain Dog could have been classified as contemporary folk, Some Things' variety of upbeat acoustic rock and intimate folk launches the band to multi-genre status. The bold changes in style executed in this, their sophomore release, not only tell of their tremendous musical confidence and progress, but also make for a wickedly appealing album. 'I consider Chris Titchner an intellectual songwriter because he's not someone whose music you can just play in the background. You really have to pay attention, or you're missing something...[H]e's making a name for himself in the Raleigh area as someone to see in cafes and coffeeshops...' -Jennifer Layton, indie-music.com, April 11, 2003 'Titchner has broadened his sound with a solid cast and taken the next step in his musical development...a well arranged and enjoyable folk-rock casserole.' -Kurt Zimmer, Seven Days, September 27th, 2000 'The songs on 'Some Things Never Change' are as good as they are because the melodies are catchy and the vocal performance is strong. The blend of acoustic guitar and cello is an easy sell to folks who like folk-based music with a pop edge to it...An overall fine job for Titchner and his friends'. -Steve Lemke, Scene and Heard Burlington Free Press, October 19th, 2000 'Chris Titchner is the most talented independent artist I have ever had the pleasure of listening to...Anyone who decides to listen to Some Things Never Change will not be disappointed, except for the fact that the eleven tracks will leave you wanting even more.' -Amy Robson, leftoffthedial.com, November 18th, 2002.