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American Patchwork [CD]

Anders Osborne, Anders Osborne Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Alligator
  • ASIN: B0038P9LOK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Grammy-award winning guitarist/singer/songwriter ANDERS OSBORNE blends blues, rock and roll and New Orleans funk and R&B to create a distinctive genre-bending style that has captivated music fans and fellow performers alike. He wrote 'Watch The Wind Blow By' a #1, million-selling country hit for Tim McGraw and two tracks on bluesman Keb' Mo's Grammy-winning album 'Slow Down.' Brad Paisley and Jonny Lang have also recorded his songs. Anders' new release, AMERICAN PATCHWORK, introduces a new batch of memorable lyrics and gritty performances to his growing audience.


"He has an impossibly great, soulful voice and the songs to match"

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very patchy "American patchwork"... 1 July 2010
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is Ander's most rocky CD so far and his most guitar heavy - gone are the New Orleans R&B roots of 'Bury the hatchet', the jazzy Van Morrison influences of 'Coming down' and the Little Feat funk of 'Break the chain'. I've been waiting for it to grow on me but it doesn't seem to be doing - I don't think that many of the songs are strong enough and there isn't the variety of sounds that featured on previous albums. He does try a bit of cod reggae on "Got Your Heart" and "Acapulco" is a mawkish country-tinged ballad but the rest are samey hard-rockers with the pick being "Killing each other" and "Darkness at the bottom". My favourite track is the final song "Call on me", which stands out being a slow acoustic-ish melodic ballad with plaintive vocals. I was really looking forward to this CD but I am very disappointed and can't really see why Alligator Records have issued it because it doesn't contain a single blues track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is very good indeed 19 May 2010
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Having only recently "discovered" this Swedish émigré, I have to say that this album is the rockiest one he has produced so far. On many of the tracks, especially the opener, the amps are turned up to 11 and there must have been a danger that Anders might have lost that Delta smoothness exhibited on previous releases. Well there was no need to worry because all the loud ones still have melody to spare and the slower, bluesier numbers have character and heart in spades. If you haven't discovered this guy yet thing John Hiatt crossed with Little Feat, a bit Gov't Mule here a bit Ian Hunter there (listen to the vocals on Acapulco). There is some cracking guitar work here but for me the predominant "vibe" is the funky one laid down by the organ which appears on most tracks.

This could be the soundtrack to my summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 July 2014
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Amazing cd
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5.0 out of 5 stars His gifts as a guitar player are significant 10 July 2010
By OffBeat Magazine - Published on
Format:Audio CD
The rock era is pushing 60 and anyone who's been listening carefully will have to admit that enthusiasm for contemporary releases can never include any believable claims of originality. That's okay because much of the best rock is artful theft anyway. There remains plenty of room for personal expression, however, and there's always a place for great songwriting.

Which brings us to Anders Osborne. His gifts as a guitar player are significant, and if one is led to make comparisons to Duane Allman, that's hardly a negative. There are only so many notes that can be phrased so many different ways. But the human voice is something else; no two are the same. When that unique voice is used in service of personal expression so emotionally intense it feels like an explosion, you've really got something special.

American Patchwork is the album Osborne fans have been waiting for since Ash Wednesday Blues. The record is a triumph in several ways-- as a coherent musical statement, as an account of one man's struggle to transcend his own existential problems, as a tale of New Orleans loss and recovery, as a rumination on the entropic inevitability of death and a possible redemption by love. The back story is that it's an album about recovery from substance abuse, but to leave it at that is like saying John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band was an album about primal therapy.

Osborne contrasts electric and acoustic modes artfully to express the roller coaster of emotions he takes us through on American Patchwork. The record begins with the ominous buzzing of multi-layered guitars that lead us "On the Road to Charlie Parker," a hair-raising metaphor for genius cut down at the knees by heroin. Osborne keeps it terse and focused, adding to the drama by not overplaying it. He steps aside on track two to comment almost dispassionately on his condition as he sings the tuneful chorus of "Echoes of My Sins," a song delivered here as a crunching electric shuffle but which sounds as if it could easily be sung as a straight pop melody.

Osborne contrasts his horror with the first of the redemptive tracks on the album, the simple reggae love song "Got Your Heart." But Osborne is always an emotional recidivist, and we're immediately plunged into the nightmare of "Killing Each Other." The bad vibes continue as Osborne contemplates a desultory escape on "Acapulco," a song about Mexico that Kenny Chesney will never record, then he offers a heartbroken tribute to a fallen friend on the remarkable hymn "Standing With Angels." The line "You're done raging against the light" sums up the condition Osborne is writing about with remarkable eloquence. In this chapter of Osborne's life, there is a decidedly happy ending, expressed in the simple love songs that end the album, "Meet Me in New Mexico" and "Call On Me."

Can one man's search for salvation discover a redemptive path for a ruined city, an imperiled country, a world perpetually on the brink of disaster? Anders Osborne is not posing that question, but after living with American Patchwork for weeks now I can't stop asking it myself. The album describes a process--the writer of these songs is balancing the baggage of what can't be changed against the possibilities that lie ahead, all by wrestling with his emotions in the here and now. His personal experiences become universal observations in these songs, and the listener, by living vicariously through them, can confront his own demons. That's not an original process, but it's the living definition of great art.--OffBeat Magazine, May 2010 issue
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anders is Amazing... 23 July 2010
By zimmwx - Published on
Anders Osbourne is the best Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, guitarist that you have never heard of. Why is that? Is it bad management? Is his foundation in New Orleans too deep? I cannot be sure. But I do know this: He is an amazing talent that needs to be heard. Yes, he is the embodiment of NOLA soul, funk, and blues. But his searches into truly American music are far reaching. His albums to this point have been front porch, back porch, 2nd line, and introspective. This one is in your face. Notice that I didn't say "in your face like a shiny strand of Mardi Gras beeds." This album goes beyond New Orleans. Its funk and rock and delta and dusty road all in one. Why are you reading this? Do you still doubt this man? Start with this: download this album. Then read about Anders' life and loves and losses. Then download the rest of his catalog. Each is a milepost marker in the life and times of a soul on display for all to hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful stuff 8 May 2010
By Jim - Published on
Anders Osborne's latest release shows his versatiloity as a musician and skill as one of today's top rock songwriters. In the past 10 years, he's treated us with the Louisiana sounds of "Bury the Hatchet" and stripped-down soul on "Coming Home." His new CD, "American Patchwork" simply rocks. I saw him live twice last week -- once in a small club, the other time as a lead-in to Galactic and Pearl Jam at an outdoor festival. The live shows -- like this CD -- featured Anders with the Stanton Moore Trio. The crowd was on its feet each time. Buy the CD -- but especially see him live. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Whole New Groove 14 Jun 2010
By Smitty - Published on
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This is somewhat of a change for Anders on this latest release. This album is a little more rock and roll and less of the blues and funk that we are all used to. With that said, it is an awesome collection of songs by three VERY talented musicians. On guitar, Anders Osborne, bringing his unique style to these well written lyrical compositions. On keys, Robert Walters, of Greyboy Allstars and 20th Century Congress fame. ...and on drums, 'Stanton Moore the drumming whore', Galactic, Garage A Trois, Stanton Moore Trio, Moore and More, to name a few. One of the pleasures of this disc is to actually hear Stanton play a measured rock and roll beat which can be said really displays his creative range. Noting that point, it is also easy to point out that Anders too is showing his range by playing a little more rock and roll. Over all a very good album. If you get a chance, catch these guys performing this music live. I did an it was amazing. Will Bernard, Stanton Moore, Robert Walters, Anders Osborne AND George Porter. Wow. Was that awesome!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack for Summer 2010 4 Aug 2010
By moboman - Published on
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Anders Osborne has voice. His album, American Patchwork, is a humble soulful expression of putting things back together and returning from something adverse. It is a story of the American Dream. Osborne provides the soundtrack for my Summer of 2010, his album playing often, finding myself searching through it for all the gems and twisted truths, the chunky grooves,
--Osborne starts with a grim tune about going to the crossroad--"On The Road to Charlie Parker", and ends with a cautionary beautiful lilt, pleading for the power of asking--"Call on me". In between, there are reminiscent moments like you've heard this before. Shades of Allmann Bros. and Leon Russell. Phenomenal guitar work, creative and innovative in a classic way.
--Recorded for Alligator Records, this is an unusual choice by this primarily blues label. Anders Osborne channels the best of rock's past with a new lyrical verve and the band is from New Orleans so you know they're great.
--I suggest getting the album and digging in. There are some GREAT songs in here.
--Moboman ([...] Long Beach, Ca)
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