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The Alphabet of Hurricanes - Tom McRae

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Tom McRae / Audio CD released 2010-02-22 at Cooking Vinyl

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      25.03.2010 15:43
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      probably best avoided

      I have got,and enjoy Tom Mcrae's previous albums. I like the darkness and the edginess in his songs. I don't like his new album. There are good tracks on there. "Please" builds from a slow start and grows as drums and band build momentum through the song. "Best Winter" is perhaps an illustration of the problems I have with this album. Based around a simple guitar phrase it's lyrically simple: instrumentally spare, pleasant harmony vocals but ultimately not a lot of substance to it. " Fifteen miles Downriver" is another spare song: vocal, piano and a mournful harmonica in the background. Its bleak, almost reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen 's "Nebraska".
      Some of the songs feel very slight, almost unfinished as if they were just sketches. "I still love you " is a simple strummed banjo or ukelele with vocals and some strings behind.
      Before I bought the albums I'd got tickets to see Tom Mcrea on tour. I had been looking forward to it. Now I'm left hoping that these new songs come over better live than they do on record.


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  • Product Details

    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Still Love You
    2 A Is For...
    3 Won't Lie
    4 Summer Of John Wayne
    5 Told My Troubles To The River
    6 American Spirit
    7 Please
    8 Out Of The Walls
    9 Me And Stetson
    10 Can't Find You
    11 Best Winter
    12 Fifteen Miles Downrive

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