Though he’s never become a household name, Minnesota native Dan Israel has carved out a successful — and prolific — career for himself. As frontman for Americana outfit The Cultivators and a solo performer, Israel has churned out quality album after quality album. Latest effort “Dan” is his 13th studio effort and finds him on top of his game.
The 10-track, 35-minute release figures to resonate even more with anyone who has gone through the pain of divorce. It’s clear the songs here were cathartic for Israel as he learned how to accept his fate, let go, pick up the pieces and eventually move on to better things. Happily, he doesn’t wallow in his misery, making “Dan” an enjoyable listen throughout.
The one-two opening punch of “Winter Is Coming’ and “Be With Me” sets the tone for what’s to come, and Israel also scores with “You Don’t Love Me Anymore,” “Moving Day,” “Try and Let You Know” and “Now You’re on Your Own.” If you have yet to discover this talented artist, here’s a chance to get to know the music of Dan Israel. You won’t regret it. (Jeffrey Sisk)