Ron Muga has caressed just about every musical genre that can claim ancestral lineage to American Roots. As a full-time moonlighter in New York in his early twenties, Muga assumed the varying duties of guitar, drums, bass, mandolin, lead vocals, harmonica, and engineer in various bands. Most prominent perhaps, was the bluegrass/alt-country/rock outfit, Northern Comfort, which he co-founded in New Jersey with Brian Murray. A part from working on new material, Muga can usually be found playing the rounds across Manhattan.
“Wonderful Doom” is Ron Muga’s second solo release since 2005. The album, recorded in Brooklyn, NY with the brilliant work of producer Cedar Apffel, pays tribute to Americana folk music and hypnotizing epic ballad sounds. Muga’s second solo billing is somewhat of an artistic peak for the singer/songwriter with his musical and spiritual sensibilities and a mixture of feelings and emotions coming to the fore.
If you fancy any sub-genre of American music, “Wonderful Doom” is without a doubt, from top to bottom, an album that you’ll never get tired of listening to. I dare you to not find at least one song on this album that stays with you long after you stop listening to it.
This album is stacked with 8 quality tracks and kicks off with the whimsical “Sweet Trepidation”. “The Rain” is, by lyrics and rhythm, a melancholic song that obviously hearkens to inner personal experiences. “I Knew She Would” has a steadier beat and a more emotional focus on its cryptic lyrical content. “Tear Me Down” relies on a slide guitar-driven accompaniment to produce a song with many of the hallmarks of those soulful alt-country classics. “Tortured Birds”, “The City”, “Moons of Jupiter” and “Wonderful Doom”, lean heavily on minimal acoustic guitar arrangements, giving the album a more unrelenting, intimate and contemplative attitude; an environment well-suited to singer-songwriters.
“Wonderful Doom” tells stories, speaks of emotions, shares nostalgia, and indeed makes you think along the way. Ron Muga’s musical intelligence and prowess is in the simplicity. Not everyone can produce an album of this intensity and caliber with simplicity. And that’s exactly what Muga has achieved here.
“Wonderful Doom” truly is a wonderful album. The thing that makes the album so wonderful is the fact that Ron Muga gives each of the songs a personal message that just about anyone can relate to. Every song has a meaning that’s worth listening very closely to.
Overall the album resonates with nonchalant confidence and melodic beauty. It is collection of songs that are simple, yet deep with an awe-inspiring overview of everyday life. Moreover its execution is flawless and the production very natural indeed. Kick back; turn out the lights and put this on…