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Trespassers William Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sonikwire Records
  • ASIN: B000035X9U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. I Know 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Desert 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Anchor 5:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Washes Away 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cabinet 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Broken 4:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. My Eyes Were Closed 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. It's Been a Shame 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Umbrella 5:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stay 5:330.99  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 24 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is absolutely incredible. I recently became aware of Trespassers William. I am so pleased that I am the owner of both this album and 'Different Stars'. The lyrics, voice, music and passion add together to create exactly what I look for in a band. Tracks such as 'Broken', 'It's a shame' and 'Umbrella' have a really hypnotic way of luring you in as the vocals flow so freely.
I recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of The Cranberries especially. There are distinct similarities between the two bands, yet I must say Trespassers William are unbeatable!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent debut but nowhere near their best 16 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first found out about this band around the time their excellent second album 'Different Stars' was released.

Having bought everything they subsequently released, and being hungry for more, I wanted this too, but it was by this time out of stock everywhere on CD.

I ended up buying the mp3s, but have to say I was a little disappointed as it's very embryonic, the sounds don't have that now distinctive and consistent finese, indie-coolness and deep soul, and overall there's probably only two or three numbers i'd listen to regularly.

Anna-Lynne really hasn't worked out her singing voice either, sounding a bit like the Cranberries singer (Dolores?) at times on tracks like 'Desert'- and we don't want that do we?

There are numbers where the future Trespassers is coming through - eg 'Anchor' itself, before it falls into more Cranberry-ness.

'Washes Away' is a very good number, and what you'd now expect from them, 'Cabinet' has a nice drum rhythm and is another decent effort, even if the guitar licks and chorus threaten to verge into cliched indie-lite, something that happens on a few numbers eg 'Broken' and 'It's been a shame'.

So my advice would be to concentrate on their later material, my own favourites being the album 'Having' and also the 'Noble House EP'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in the words of Bang - 'Dangerously good' 14 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have to say that THIS is just as much of a masterpiece as Trespassers Williams more recent album, Different Stars. This is truly the kind of music you sit in the dark with, with the most beautiful, soul piecing, love songs ive ever heard...
In the words of NME 'mezmerizing'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is where it all started... 16 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love everything put out by TW but I think this one will always be my favorite. Although more rough than Different Stars, it has a certain unique innocence to it. There should be samples available on the dot com site. Although this is an import to the UK, it is well worth it, especially if you already have a crush on TW.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most promising new bands going 4 April 2000
By "paulwurld" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What a fabulous debut! This is one of those truly great albums that stays with you. Most of my favorite recordings are either deeply emotional and touching or captivatingly melodic. Trespassers William manage to be both. The songwriting is uniformly strong (I like every track!) and even the most delicate and beautiful arrangements possess power thanks to earnest performances and moving lyrics that are filled with poetic imagery.
Anna-Lynne Williams' vocals are amazing! I've heard her compared to Sarah McLachlan, Cranberries and Cocteau Twins, and I do hear some of that, but her voice is unique and, in my opinion, even more dynamic and emotionally direct than those other talented singers. To my ears she possesses the "special something" elements of many of music's great singers - like Patsy Cline and even John Lennon. Matt Brown's innovative and unpredictable guitar work also runs throughout the album - creating atmospheric sonic landscapes for Williams to stand in as she delivers her powerful vocal messages. People who like warm, direct emotional music with memorable melodies and innovative arrangements (like Daniel Lanois, Aimee Mann, some Fiona Apple and recent Neil Finn) should definitely buy this album!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique and promising 18 Aug 2000
By Pete - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Records like this remind me of why I try not to patronize the major labels. This independent record is stunning in respect to songwriting, production and the tasteful guitar playing of Matt Brown. Add to that the flowing vocals of Anna Williams, and you have a unique and intelligent set of songs probably done for a tiny fraction of what the majors would have spent. Ms. Wiiliams vocal style of controlled "cracking"(if you've ever sang, you know how hard this is to do) is reminiscent of Eillen Henry(Chimera) and certainly of the Cocteau Twins. I can see how her style could become a bit much but it does not bother me. "It's been a shame" has sleeper, non-commercial radio single written all over it. If you pride yourself on being ahead of the game in your music selections, you should be all over this. Very promising debut effort.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album will open up the deepest of emotion! 20 Dec 1999
By D. Paschall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Moody and melodic, graceful and beautiful. I just got this CD in the mail and it is unbelievable. It will make you smile while the tears are running down your face. Matt's guitar playing is incredible. Each note seems to pluck at the heart strings. Anna-Lynne's voice is like the cry of angels. I highly recommend this CD. It will take you to a place of dreams!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant debut 2 Jan 2001
By Tracy Grammer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a beautiful debut album by one of Orange County (CA)'s fastest-rising bands. Especially impressive here are the tasteful production and mature performances by these young artists. Anna-Lynne's vocals move from a whisper to a wail without ever sounding histrionic or overdone, while Matt's guitar work is spare, mature, and creative. The percussion and accordion used on the album are inspired, allowing the music to fall somewhere between AAA pop and an edgier contemporary folk. I'd like to see the band tackle broader themes lyrically, but this is a light complaint. Cuts I just can't get enough of: "I Know", "My Eyes Were Closed" and "It's Been A Shame." Enjoy!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mood That Passes Through You 21 Feb 2002
By "claremonde99" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In creating this review for Trespassers William, I couldn't help but think of a scene from the film The Piano where the central character played by a mute Holly Hunter finds her voice through music. Well, somewhere in the middle of the film as Hunter plays the piano, a woman remarks that the music she creates is like a mood that passes through you...
Why am I mentioning this film? No, I am not doing the wrong review, ha ha. If anything at all Trespassers William is a band that creates an eclectic variant of sounds and harmonies while still maintaining a feel of intimacy and heartbreak. Their music not only reminds one of the early days of the 90's where bands such as Mazzy Starr ruled the charts with Fade Into You, and Sarah McLachlan introduced us to Fumbling Through Escasy. Trespassers William is not a mimic of those predessors but more of an innovating band that reminds me of what mainstream music has lost. In these dark days where flashy costumes and recycled sounds dominated the airwaves, it is a sheer pleasure knowing that all is not lost.
Perhaps it was Coldplay that opened the doors for the return of lyrics over sounds. But Trespassers William does both, as I've mentioned above, this band generates music which takes its listeners through a rollercoaster of emotions while evoking images of loss, anger, and at moments bliss. Their songs are moods that pass through you; if not only to leave a chill down your spine at its utter honesty.
So where does this leave me at the end of this review? Let's put it this way...Last week, I never heard this band before. Listening to brain-drain sounds on the local FM station, and more or less feeling content with what I was hearing. But since I've discovered them, I have fallen in love with music again. Because in the end there is a distinct difference between enjoying music, and feeling changed by it.
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