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Black Car

Black Car Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (21 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Altered States
  • ASIN: B0000A1WJU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Asleep At The Wheel
2. Come on Home
3. 100% proof
4. You’ll Be The End
5. Count Them On One Hand
6. St John
7. Shadows
8. She Makes Me Smile
9. Promises
10. Road Trip

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undiscovered gem seeking better promotion 17 Feb 2005
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Black Car is basically former Blinder and Headswim frontman Dan Glendinning pulling all the strings, with brother Tom providing drums.
Headswim made the Top 40 with the single 'Tourniquet' and the album 'Despite Yourself', which was well-received by the critics and radio alike but failed to propel the band up the charts or give them the recognition Dan's song-writing talent deserved. As a point of interest 'Black car' was also the title of a Headswim song which featured on the 'Tourniquet' CD single release and seemed to showcase a more Radiohead-style of song that Dan does exceptionally well and seems to have continued down this road with BlackCar.
For me this collection of songs sound more personal than Headswim, which I suppose you'd expect with this basically being a solo project. Acoustically uplifting and hopeful, this album is a real grower. Five stars to the following, - 'Asleep at the wheel' 'Come On Home' 'Shadows' 'You'll Be The End' 'She Makes Me Smile' '100% proof'.
Dan really deserves to gain greater recognition for this project and you can't help but think 'what if' . All he needs is for one song to feature in a TV commercial or a film soundtrack and the queues would be forming to snap up the album and see the live set. It happened to Aqualung and Jet...so why not Blackcar?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit like early Radiohead... But different. 11 Aug 2003
This album is not ground breaking, it does not contain a "new sound" that you can listen to and then suprise your mates with your discovery. But don't be put off, if you like the genre inspired by early Radiohead and continued by Coldplay, you'll love this. If you enjoy the strange enchanting melodies of Turin Breaks then you'll find a little of that here too. Just because this album doesn't invent a new niche for itself doesn't mean that it's not good. It is, very good indeed.
The opening track is everything you could ask a song of this kind to be, initially quiet, emphasising the lyrics and a sense of melancholy. Then just when you're beginning to wonder what's going to happen next, it explodes into a soaring distorted guitar chorus, pricking the hairs on your arms and enthralling you. Only to fade away again to a haunting vocal. This is one of the best tracks I have ever heard, it's only a shame that so few other people seem to have heard it too.
The rest of the album is excellent, dipping between quiet and contemplative to brash and disrupting. The only let down this album offers is that the first track you hear is the best, and you're left listening to the rest of the album hoping for another track as good. This does the album something of an injustice. Not that I could do any better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album. Simply fantastic. 24 Jun 2005
Every now and then you get one of "those" CDs. The ones that lodge themselves in your CD player and refuse to come out. It's mellow yet intense, beautiful yet arresting. The bends-era radiohead comparisons aren't entirely off-base, but this is an extremely original album that doesn't really "sound like" anyone.
It's practically criminal that this received such a limited release and such poor promotion, but what can you do. Well, except buy it and play it for everyone you know. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Glendining - aka genius 26 Aug 2006
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This is an astonishing album - written with honesty, emotion and quality in mind. I find it increasingly more and more frustrating that music like this is criminally ignored in favour of the utter rubbish churned out by the skinny jeans and feathered haircut brigade. Buy this if you can still get it - search for it if you can't - it's worth the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Headswim is not dead 22 Nov 2003
This Essex group (ex-Headswim group) is worth stoping buy.
Dan Glendining’s presence and impact on indie music with Headswim has passed mysteriously unperceived. And - unfairly - Black Car seams to be following the same tracks.
Musically speaking, Black Car's album is fully emotional.
"The beauty of the music is not only in the structure of the melodies, but the fragility of the lyrics" as someone said.
Hopefully, Dan Glendining’s creative and emotional contribution to music will find and meet it's deserved audience.
My five star songs of the album:
- Come On Home
- count them on one hand
"Tourniquet" (Headswim)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars probably the most underrated band today!!!!!!! 25 Aug 2004
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This band is sheer class! You'd think it was the music of a band that has finally matured after 10 years of hard graft. What makes this cd so incredible is that it has no weak spot. Every song is a joy and just gets better the more you listen. At first, tracks like "100% Proof" and "Promises" jump out at you but its the melodic classics like "St John" and "Shadows" that just buzz around your head and put you in a great frame of mind. You really feel like you've found a little music gem with Black Car, and why they aren't all over the music pages is beyond reason or just demonstrates how thick the music press must be.
Yes, bands like Longview, Elbow, Raidiohead, Budapest, Kent, Lowgold, Interpol, Snow Patrol, Keane and Lonwave are all producing fabulous music, but this cd is almost impossible to take off the machine. If you like any of the bands above, you will not be disappointed when you buy Black Car!
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