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Bullets & Lullabies

13 Dec. 2010 | Format: MP3

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4:00
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1:37
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5:18
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5:22
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2:13
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6:02
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5:01
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4:15
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5:32
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3:10
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10:20
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7:53
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5:57
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6:42
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 Dec. 2010
  • Release Date: 13 Dec. 2010
  • Label: WM UK
  • Copyright: 2010 Warner Music UK Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:13:22
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  • ASIN: B004F36ALG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,127 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Stafford on 5 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
James Rhodes's third album is, in my view, his best one yet. A double CD but each disc holds up as a separate collection of music of the highest quality. But take them as a pair and you get some idea of the bi-polar nature of this remarkable pianist, but it is not as polarised as that - the range of emotions evinced by this assortment is not as black and white as the packaging! All human life is contained within this programme of pieces - some of which you will recognise at once, others you will grow to adore. Regardless of Mr Rhodes's extraordinary journey into his present incarnation, the playing stands as some of the finest you will hear by contemporary performers. If you learn of his troubled past, it makes the beauty emanating from your speakers all the more miraculous. I have nothing short of admiration for this man - the melancholy of his 'Clair de Lune' haunts me long after the track has ended.

Buy it and love it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. Beevers on 22 Jan. 2011
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I noted the 3 star review for this album which said that the recording and playing was poor and although i'm not high brow enough to be able to analyse the quality of playing, it sounds great to me. The quality of recording isn't 100%, i've got to say, i'm running an asus DX sound card and come sennheisser HD555 headphones and on one or two tracks i can hear some noise in the background when few notes are being played but this isn't noticeable once the track gets going.

On to the reason for the 5 stars and the odd review title. James Rhodes chose these songs himself, not because they're hard to play or because they're popular and would sell well but because he wanted people to hear him playing these tracks. The track selection is very personal and genuine which gives the whole album a much more emotional and heartfelt feel to it than almost any other album i've heard. It's very accessible as the CD comes with a short on why each song was selected and a bit of background on the original artists said by James Rhodes himself, shows he can be bothered which is a nice touch.

If you're just getting into or want to get into classical music then this is a brilliant album, it's accessible, has a bit of soul to it and James Rhodes is quite genuinely enthusiastic and totally besotted with the music, this is passed on to the listener in every way. This album is a bit different form most other classical albums of today, it feels more organic, he's playing because he wants to, not because it's his job to.
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I'm not a big classical buff, I would barely know a concerto from a sonata, but am thoroughly enjoying this album. Conceptually divided as a 'wake up' or bullets first disk, and a gentle 'going to sleep' lullabies on the second, the album is nicely put together and flows along at an enjoyable tempo depending on your mood and which disk you decide to put on.

I find James' playing easy to listen to, however I couldn't comment from a position of comparing him to many other pianists. Having seen him play live, there is showmanship about him, and this definitely comes through on the CD. He is passionate about the music, however doesn't appear to want that to influence him as an individual, or how he goes about his work. This may well upset those of a more critical nature, however it makes him as a musician more accessible as a human being, and his approach is refreshing, and comes across as sincere.

I think we'll be hearing lots more from James in the future, I think the contemporary presentation of the artwork and sleeve notes etc. is more of an indication of James' personality than a marketing ploy. All that aside, I love the pieces and the playing so it's 5 stars from me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Britta Huttel on 15 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I heard James Rhodes being interviewed on radio in Sydney, Australia and was intrigued enough to purchase several of his CDs and I'm so very happy that I did so. His interpretations on all 3 CDs is as good as I expected from the interview!
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By Ruddha on 3 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is the second of Rhodes' CDs that I have purchased, and have been delighted! James toured Australia during Nov. 2011; unfortunately I was unable to see him. However, he was interviewed on the ABC Classical music station, which is where I first heard of him. The CD is technically beautiful, extensive knowledge of the material is supported by a deep involvement with the historical and musicality of the pieces is quite breathtaking. I eagerly await his next five CD's with much anticipation.
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