CD review

The Honest Hour

By Written by Hybrid Recordings
Hybrid Press Release

Reid Genauer, Assembly of Dusts lead vocalist and primary songwriter, has been dubbed by critics as one of the most vital voices, singers, storytellers and songwriters in today's live music scene.

Their new album, The Honest Hour, was released on September 14 on Hybrid Recordings. The discs nine original songs are a mix of new Assembly of Dust songs and re-imagined versions of songs Genauer wrote with his former band, Strangefolk. Culled from a show in Troy, NY in early 2004, the bands spirited sophomore disc boasts both the open-sky breeziness and energy of a live show, but also the pristine production of a studio album. AODs distinctive hick funk style sets up the albums best songs as instant classics, while Reids genuine songwriting and storytelling maintains all of the edgy and fresh appeal of todays most popular singer/songwriters.

Assembly of Dusts musical line-up includes several of the East Coasts favorite underground players: keyboardist and co-songwriter writer Nate Wilson and bassist/backing vocalist John Leccese (both from Percy Hill), Moon Boot Lover drummer Andy Herrick, and guitarist/backing vocalist Adam Terrell from the collective known as Groovechild.

Genauers vision for AOD band was already well developed when, in 2002, it came time to put together this band. He had played at least a few times with each of the musicians. In the same year that Genauer started Assembly of Dust, he also got married and enrolled in business school at Cornell University in upstate New York: all of which is loosely documented on Man With a Plan, the leadoff track on The Honest Hour. Genauer now lives in Manhattan, and works around his touring schedule as the Director of Creative Marketing at