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Aqualung Audio CD
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Aqualung's Matt Hales thought he had it all figured out. In 2007, the British singer/songwriter told a London audience that he was retiring. "I'd had enough of it at that point and thought I might just be a teacher or do something else."

However, the stellar batch of tunes that make up his new Verve album, "Magnetic North," came calling and they ... Read more in Amazon's Aqualung Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00006JS76
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Strange And Beautiful (I'll Put A Spell On You) 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Falling Out Of Love 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Good Times Gonna Come 4:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. If I Fall 4:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Just For A Moment 4:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tongue-Tied 3:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Can't Get You Out Of My Mind 4:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Everything Changed 3:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gentle 5:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Nowhere 2:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Halfway To The Bottom 6:230.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

AQUALUNG Aqualung (2002 UK 11-track CD album - Falling into the bracket labelled gorgeous this is the debut album from a young man with a stunning voice excellent pen and keen ear; includes the single Strange & Beautiful [I Put A Spell On You])

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album that will never get to No 1 10 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
... I bought the album solely on the strength (or shall I say fragility?) of the single Strange & Beautiful. And I have to say, I was somewhat disappointed at first as all the songs seemed to be a variation on the same theme. But then, you don't spend a tenner on an album and then not give it a chance, so I kept listening to it and soon discovered that it's one of those albums that gets better every time.
The lyrics are absolutely gorgeous, and the music is hauntingly beautiful. There are no obvious standout tracks, which is arguably a weakness, but it also means that the whole thing is consistently good, and you can listen to it without ever touching the skip button.
In any case, I would definitely recommend this album. Be warned - you will be moved, not by grandiose moments of heart-wrenching sound, but by the quiet longing and vulnerability oozing from the piano chords and Matt Hales's fragile voice. And you'll still be listening to it in 20 years' time, because it's not fashionable, so time will not leave a mark on it. Buy it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, yet charming debut 25 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
Most people considering this album will be doing so purely on the basis of Matt Hales's stunningly fragile single used on the VW Beetle advert. And well they might, for if they delighted in the earnest and shy vocals, and the sweet and memorable piano melody of 'Strange and Beautiful', then the rest of this fragile album will not disappoint. Aqualung gently usher us through a quiet, yearning hour of music, best likened to floating down a river on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Nearly every track is a softly played, softly sung poem of love, only really shifting the bases a little on the slightly more demanding 'Good times gonna come'. Surprisingly then, this song stands out as one of the most memorable, (along with 'Strange and beautiful', 'tongue-tied' and 'Can't get you out of my mind') set amongst an album of good songs. It may well take a week of playing this album and drifting to sleep, but it really does grow with the same hushed subtlety of each poetic lyric, and soon the album will be a constant refuge.
A strongly recommended lullaby of a record, best listened to with a creamy cup of coffee on a quiet evening.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and beautiful 2 Oct 2002
By alan
Format:Audio CD
Strange and beautiful indeed.
Many of you will have heard the opening track "Strange and beautiful (I'll put a spell on you)" as it is the soundtrack to the current VW Beetle advert that led millions of people wanting to know who sung THAT track. Well, his name is Matt Hales (ex-Ruth, The 45's).
This is the debut solo LP by the singer/songwriter and what a debut it is! It is possibly the most beautiful album I've heard since Jeff Buckley's "Grace." And I use the word beautiful in the way it used to actually mean something. If you've been searching for an album so stunning that it could melt your heart along with the polar ice-caps, then this is for you. Be warned though that the tracks are not overtly beautiful like a sunset, they are dark and haunting and the whole album sounds sleepy-eyed as though it is just waking in the morning.
"Aqualung" is driven by Hales' incredable voice and delicate piano lines that are intertwined occasionally with the odd sample, triangle, or organ etc. However, Hales has managed to layer the album cleverly so that you pick up on something new every listen yet the songs are not cluttered with sounds.
Comparisons with Radiohead and Colplay are inevitable (mainly due to the falsetto moments)...but for once they are not undeserved. There are few artists that perfectly capture the fragility of beauty in its rawest forms (see Amazon review above for quote from "Strange and beautiful").
Other tracks, such as "Good time's gonna come", seem to take inspiration from smokey-jazz artists such as nina simone.
If you're looking for a truly beautiful album, buy this. Aqualung will melt even the hardest of hearts...This really is one of the ESSENTIAL albums of the year. Although it's slow-moving, in the right mood it's far from depressing. There are moments when you can almost 'hear' Matt smiling.
Buy it now or you'll regret it forever!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aqualung..NOT the new coldplay 25 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
Like many people I bought this CD on the strength of "Strange and Beautiful" from the VW advert. I hoped for a CD of similar yet stimulatingly diverse material to chill out to. I was far from disappointed! Unlike Coldplays debut album, aqualung have produced a gem of an album comparable in diversity of style and sheer beauty to Coldplays latest offering, as well as Electric Soft Parade's "Holes in the Wall".
Again I say: If you liked the debut single then this heartwarmer is a MUST for your CD collection. Even if you didnt, then its still a quality disc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Haunting to Reassuring 6 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
I've always thought that it's good to have music for different moods. Music like this is for when you're just about to fall asleep and are looking for something that will help you drift off. The music really is "strange and beautiful". The album, for the most part, is very gentle, very light and your opinion of it will most likely depend on the kind of mood you're in when you first hear it. Obviously it can in a general sense be catagorized with other angst-ridden indie-pop like Coldplay and Radiohead, but this album is a lot lighter than both of them. More soothing, less angst-ridden; I mean that the album doesn't reach many soaring cresendos like those other two bands and hence could be described as dull. It's just not trying to be as dramatic. It just depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for something to help you drift off to sleep at night or to listen to while you're reading then this is perfect and it's in this context that the album really shines.
It's not the sort of thing to listen to before you go out. But it IS very beautiful. Something to counteract all of the more upbeat, pacier albums you have albums you probably have.
I'd recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A OK album.
Found myself buying this Cd as i was so frequently asked to play tracks from this particular album. However i did enjoy the sounds and so happy to say that it is now among my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Glen Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Album is ok but not as good as the still life album, but I am sure like with all albums if I play it a little more will get more used to some of the catchy tunes!
Published 7 months ago by angelkiss
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
I just bought this album and think it is very chill out and peaceful album. If u like that kind of music dont hesitate!!! Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2005 by "iva25"
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Enchanting, Melancholic, Touching, Soothing...
5 words that sum this up in a nutshell. Aqualung's debut album has to rank in my top 10 from the last couple of years. Read more
Published on 15 May 2004 by "indie_excel"
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit
I heard "strange and beautiful" and really loved it. I thought to myself, "They could be the sound that you've been looking for. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2003 by Crystalinne
3.0 out of 5 stars Aqualung
Some beautiful hooks but overall a bit depressing. Great if you are feeling sorry for yourself. Once you have indulged in this move up to Turin Breaks
Published on 25 Oct 2003 by "oldslo"
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull and lame
I heard strange and beautiful and quite liked it. It was good and very nice. I then heard the rest of the album and it was all moany and whingy and really really really lame. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2003 by harry figgis
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent loser music....
... Yup, loser music is a new genre i have named (although 'angst rock' and 'emo' are other descriptions i suppose). Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2003 by "guccilittlepiggy"
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant enough, but not essential
You will probably have heard Aqualung's strongest track, "Strange & Beautiful", on the VW Beetle adverts. You may even have thought it was Coldplay. Read more
Published on 28 April 2003 by F. W. Bristow
4.0 out of 5 stars strange but definately beautiful
the opening track really needs no explanation as the title portrays what the song is. as for the album i really would say if you like the single then you will love the album. Read more
Published on 9 April 2003 by DT
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