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All Things Real [CD]

Steve Adey Audio CD
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'The Tower of Silence' - the follow-up to 2006's critically acclaimed 'All Things Real' (The Sunday Times - Album of the Week) finds Steve Adey doing what he does best - creating emotionally charged songs and moulding a soundtrack which is unlike any other record you will hear this year. The album encompasses a myriad emotions as Adey carves out a filmic wall of sound, ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Adey Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Grand Harmonium
  • ASIN: B000E41N0I
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Tonight I Send My... 1:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Last Remark 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mississippi 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The debut album by the Edinburgh based singer-songwriter, mixed and mastered by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout). The record is a slow-burning intimate collection of piano-led, filmic, wide-screen songs, packed with emotional drive. Includes a remarkable cover of Bob Dylan's 'Shelter From The Storm' - a slow piano-vocal ballad that builds to a cacophony - and also a take on the mighty Bonnie Prince Billy song 'I See A Darkness'.

From the Artist

Online interview with mette casspe (gaffa on-line)...translated from Danish.

When is the album coming out? I need to mix it and get it mastered and then find someone to release it. The recording is finished.

Where did you record the album? I started in an old church in the Scottish Borders. I was at Blacksheep (recording studio) recording guitars, strings and harmonium. "Evening Of The Day" was recorded at Buccleuch church in Edinburgh.

Your record is very dark. Can you see yourself recording some upbeat music? I’m fairly happy making miserable music.

Who influences you? Anyone who really cares about what they doing in any walk of life.

On a musical level? I’m listening to a vocal trio from Bulgaria and the Mark Hollis solo record. Will Oldham - Master and Everyone (Bonnie Prince Billy album) does it for me.

Who would you most like to work with? Too many to list but I would love to work with the Bulgarian vocal trio.

Your version of Dylan's 'Shelter From The Storm' is very different from the original. I like the idea of taking a song and turning it upside down. I recorded a few Dylan songs for my own pleasure. I think I was bored working through the same songs and I wanted a break from my own stuff so I recorded a covers album. It was between that and ‘You’re A Big Girl Now’.

Do you like discussing lyrics? Not in public - for the most part, no.

Can I ask about the song 'Mississippi'? I’m really not sure if that song will make it on to the record. It was the last thing I recorded and it’s still very close. It was more like a demo- much of the record was like that.

You said 'Mississippi' may not make the album. How many songs do you have to choose from? Between twenty and thirty - fifteen or so completed. The most important thing is getting them to work together.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful moments of emptiness 10 Feb 2006
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Format:Audio CD
A friend gave me this album(promo)six months ago and I love the feel and emotional impact these songs bring...
The solitude of this album is one of abandonment rather than liberation. It traffics in silences and painful proximity: the songs are so well written - very understated. The close recording create flaws and weaknesses in much of the musical texture; the very mechanics of instrumentation seem to serve where the instruments themselves falter: the sound of air running through the harmonium, the scratching on worn guitar strings, the emotion of Adey's vocals. And the silences that seems to threaten the life of every song are poised as failures: the instruments or the voice or even the prosody of the lyrics simply give way into slight moments of emptiness.
These are just my thoughts as I stand now. My love affair with this beautiful and vatic record is fresh, and like all youthful suitors I will tend to idolise and revere the object of my passion, to read too much into its gestures and motions, to ignore the world outside for a while; and yet I know that there are still many things to be found within the minutes of this record, in its antecedents and heirs, its sources and resonances. I am barely yet acquainted with All Thing Real. To steal for a moment; the rigorous succession of circumstances. This table, this bubble of light humming with music. This is where I start.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burning and chilled. 15 Feb 2006
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on first listen I didn't really like this CD, but most of my favourite albums are like that. it was after the fourth/ fifth time round that the songs started to seep in to my bloodstream. each passing note is carefully considered, but yet it sounds like it was recorded quickly with little fuss. the record works best when listened to from start to finish. I'm not sure how old this guy is, but adey has made a record in a traditional way that is best savoured with a glass of wine and the lights turned off. i really do find this a great - calming album to relax to. stand out tracks are find the way (similar to the first two and a half blue nile albums), shelter from the storm (i didn't even recognize the song), lost boat song (i really didn't like this song at first), the last remark (sounds like peter gabriel letting his hair-sorry peter-down), and the final song, .....mississippi is truly amazing (this is apparently the demo version).
this isn't every-ones bag, but if you like artists such as talk talk, early blue nile, kate bush - crossed with some home made lo-fi/americana - smog, bonnie prince billy, jose gonzalez, you will love this album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully affecting 12 April 2006
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There isn't a bad song on this cd, and even the ones I don't find an affinity to are wonderfully affecting in some way. There are only ten of them on this disc, but I'd rather have ten near-perfect songs on an album than 18 or 19 tracks of varying quality with a few gems and a ton of garbage. Almost all of them are concerned with love -- its loss, its lack, its presence, what have you -- and all of them are put together with a tremendous sense of purpose. Steve Adey knows he is making great songs that are designed to outlast the vast majority of music out there, and he puts that careful certainty into every phrase, every gesture. Adey sings with enormous control and clarity, and he knows exactly what effects he wants to wring out of his words -- he pauses, inflects, and breathes as he must. Move anything around and the whole song would collapse.

Most of the best records are recorded with the sparest instrumentation, and despite having a wealth of studio technology, he opts for a spacious, crystalline, stripped-down sound with only the most basic ornamentation -- a little Nord-like bass on "Find The Way," the drunken drums of "Lost Boat song" (my favourite track), but never so much that it becomes distracting. The emotions are at the fore here.

I found myself remembering the music vividly and sharply during key moments, like when driving home during a misty and slightly rain-swept night -- moments that the album itself summoned effortlessly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet masterpiece. 6 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
I just got this CD two days ago and I cant stop playing it.
I'm a big Talk Talk fan and I got this on the back of reading a posite review.
The songs run seamlessly together as if years went in to the making of the album. There isn't a bad song here -just heartfelt emotion.
Layers of perfectly constructed instruments.
This is what the long awaited forth Blue Nile album should have sounded like!
The main strength here is the originality - there are obvious influences , but Adey sounds like no-one else in particular.
Its some time since a new CD sounded so vital, different.
Steve Adey has new fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a journey well worth taking. 18 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
You will only know how good this record is after the 5th or 6th listen.
The lyrics are superb.The melodies are strong. The sound reminds me of Peter Gabriel's 'So' crossed with classic Nick Drake. Imagine Leonard Cohen or Smog produced by Eno!
Adey's songs are about moving, changing and trying to find peace of mind. Last remark is a seminal love song wrought with honesty and conviction. The Lost Boat Song is a sea shanty. Evening of the day could have been written a century ago.
All things Real is superb on headphones. The voice is unprocessed and up close - The instruments sound old and fit the song structures perfectly.
This CD is a real find.
There are many twist and turns along the way - its a journey well worth taking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant debut album
Listened to this and The Tower Of Silence for the last year. Couldn't recommend highly enough! Last Remark is heart breaking.
Published 2 months ago by Fi3921
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
Edinburgh based Steve Adey's debut is an absolute must have. Great songs with a superb cover of Dylan's Shelter from the Storm. Read more
Published 19 months ago by I. Kalka
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time, money and head ache tablets. Dross!!
This will probably annoy some folk and ROB I refer to you. The album is a pile of hoaky muscial cliche. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Conan the Stamp Collector
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
I bought this, as I have bought other music, through a recommendation from Amazon.

I am a big fan of what I call 'real music'. Read more
Published 23 months ago by K. J. Buckland
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal slow burning debut - I cant wait for the follow-up!
This debut record is simply phenomenal.

I listened once or twice and considered giving it away. But thankfully I held on to it. Read more
Published on 11 July 2006 by R_Glowwer_74
5.0 out of 5 stars listen to this album for its beauty and honesty
When I first got this album I immediately felt its beauty and loved Adey's voice but I found it so melancholy it was hard to get through. However, with each listen this changed. Read more
Published on 20 April 2006 by Myrrhman
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising debut
All things real begins with church bells and a dark instrumental piece cleverly titled Death to all things real.
The songs that follow are carefully woven together. Read more
Published on 12 April 2006 by peter inzane
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb album
This CD is simply wonderful. It is playing continuously at the moment through my headphones whilst I'm at work, to drown out the rest of the office and the rest of the world. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this CD!!!
I just go this on Monday. I bought the Mogwai album which is also great. I'm usually hard to please, but I would put this on late at night. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2006 by dj_biff
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED *****
I read a few things online about this album - the similarity with the Blue Nile, I don't get that! Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2006 by "dave44427"
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