The musical dream planted in Dustin Ruth is more than just a whim it was something that God rooted deep inside of him at a young age. His journey has shown there are "no second hand dreams", as the desire of his heart is to touch people thru the music that he writes. Ruth showcases everything that is right about radio/pop/rock and combines a touch of singer/songwriting finesse and you have great emotive melody, memorable choruses and passionate songwriting. This is Ruth. Intimate. Dynamic. Memorable, Accessible.
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Great debut album!| Posted May 15, 2008
I've enjoyed "You Are" by Ruth since last summer and it's my favorite song on "Secondhand Dreaming" with the extremely spiritual lyrics: "You are the waves that I feel when I'm sinking / You are the storms that I feel when I'm dying / You are God / I know / You are God", however the more I listen to the whole album, the more I like it.
Dustin Ruth writes lyrics and sings with an emotional honesty that really draws you in. "One Foot In, One Foot Out", "Cross The Line", "Always Yours", and "Mr. Turner" are my other favorites on this very solid debut album. Fans of Switchfoot, The Fray, Leeland and also Third Eye Blind and The Wallflowers will enjoy Ruth which could be an acronym for "Return Us To Him."
Secondhand Dreaming, the debut from Tooth & Nail band Ruth is a veritable smorgasbord of American Rock. That being said, the album is a satisfying pop/rock project drawing from a miscellany of styles with some fun stylistic experimentation. Harmonica, strings and pedal steel guitar all make appearances somewhere within the musical tapestry of this CD. The variety between tracks works because of the consistency of Dustin Ruth's layered vocals and Randy Torres and Nicholas Wiiikka's guitar work.
Ruth's sound is characterized by skillful production, solid musicianship, and buoyant energy. As usual, production guru Aaron Sprinkle uses his deft touch and brings out the subtle individuality and nuanced essence of this four-piece, modern rock band. He lends his vocal and instrumental talents to "Cross the Line" and "Standing Still." Former Superdrag frontman John Davis makes a guest appearance on "Here to N.Y."
If you are a fan of Telecast, Everyday Sunday, PFR and/or Nevertheless, snap out of your reverie and give Ruth's debut a try.
Cross The Line| Posted October 24, 2008
This cd was better than I expected it to be. I figured it would just be your usual,run of the mill pop record.But I was pleasantly suprised. Ruth has really good music and lyrics to match. I really like it!
Great debut| Posted July 10, 2008
I really liked Ruth's first cd and I think they have nowhere to go but up! I saw them in concert with Switchfoot and Relient k last fall and thought that they were great.
Great Debut| Posted December 12, 2007
The first time I listened to this album I thought it was just OK. But after taking another listen, I found that this was a great CD. "You Are" is one of the catchiest songs that I have heard recently. "Always Yours" sounds like something off of "Sound of Melodies", which is another incredible record. In my opinion, none of the songs are weak on this album. If you like pop/rock in the vein of Switchfoot or Leeland then you will enjoy "Secondhand Dreaming".