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3.5 stars out of 5
In spite of his sinister appearance on the cover, Dennis Wanebo’s latest effort turns out a rather uplifting, relaxed effect. The album is simple, with Wanebo’s calming vocals and acoustic guitar at the forefront of each track, though it incorporates only a perfect amount of strings, mandolin, ukulele and dobro (and of course the necessary 12-string guitar in “Flamenco”). The lawyer-turned-musician demonstrates his years of musicianship in the sophistication and maturity of Running On Gravity, highlighting a sharp mind in his thoughtful lyrics. It was a life-threatening disease that pushed Wanebo back to pursuing his love for music, and his sincerity is undeniable. His storytelling, accentuated in “American Dream,” “Mostly Lost” and “Running On Gravity,” ties each song together, creating a consistent thread throughout the album. In straying from a lucrative path to explore a true passion for music, the Colorado music community is left with little choice but to listen, embrace and admire Dennis Wanebo.