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  • Vinyl
  • Label: VIRGIN
  • ASIN: B0044PO468
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish Americana... 5 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album begins with "Walks with Me" (3.07) Marc Pilley plays an acoustic guitar and just before he sings the opening line "There's nothin' you can do 'bout your past, his soft vocal delivery which is full of pain and despair but at the same time it's also up-lifting as well, as if to say it's bad but it will get better.
"I've seen some Things" (3.40) starts with Pilley on acoustic guitar this track finds Marc singing in a defiant manner the opening line "I'm a river they won't swim, a storm they've never seen, I'm a night sky. I'm pretty hard to like" on the word "hard" the drums start playing a 4/4 rhythm with the bass filling in the space between the acoustic guitar with backing vocals singing AAAAAAAAAA at the back of the lines of the song.
"I wait for you" (5.20) is the love song of the album, all unrequited and played in the minor on the acoustic guitar to give a sense of melancholy and the vocals are delivered with a great deal of yearning, with a majestic sounding acoustic guitar intro that sets the tone for the piece with the line "turning your ring I wait for you, no more to say I wait for you" the acoustic guitar is playing all the way through this and as the second line begins an electric guitar can be heard playing the same minor chords but with a soft phase effect "you need to explain, I wait for you, down on your luck, I wait for you, sleeping by your side at night somehow, I need you some how" on the second repeat a harmonizing chorus is heard repeating the line back, the line "I'm still waiting" is repeated until the fade out with more emotion on every repeat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting-I wish I hadn't got rid of it. 22 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
There's some fantastic guitar in this album and I can only recommend it to anyone who plays and everyone who doesn't- however I didn't give it 5 stars because it is pretty upsetting sometimes and won't cheer you up if you're down. But it's full of musical talent and some really original lyrics. So if you're looking for a different album to the ones in your collection get this one- it's beautiful.
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Album given by sister who said ,"You will like this!" Understatement of the year.The style in which the album starts simply and seems to get more complex as it unfolds is wonderful.Vocals scream passion but remain restrained.Beautifully recorded with each sound clear and pure.Not over produced, someone knew exactly what they wanted.Unsure which tracks would make their name mainstream but with right airing + word of mouth should be huge.Can't stop playing track 9 which makes me shiver from the second that the harmonium is pumped up to the moment it achingly dies.What a sound! Best album I've heard this year by a massive way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt......... 31 May 2001
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Format:Audio CD
One of the most important and spell binding albums I have heard in a long time. Simple, yet provoking it is the kind of album that would sit well in the 70's or 00's. Once you get used to the American feel, you can't help but get sucked into the frank lyrics straight from the heart and the simple yet effective guitar/organ which smacks of old fashioned musicianship. You cannot ignore this album, it can be life shaping. If you like this, check out Palm Tree by Superstar, on Camp Fabulous Records.....bye for now...richie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful and Haunting 5 Nov 2000
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Mark Pilleys beautiful vocals combined with great song writing make Beauty in Madness the album of the year for me. This is not the type of music I would normally listen to, but since buying it on the back of a local paper review of a live gig, I cannot stop playing it. 'I wait for you' and 'Beauty in Madness' are the strongest tracks, but there is not a bad track on the Album. A must buy. Do it!
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