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Ever since his debut at 24 years old, Mark Erelli has exhibited an uncommon musical maturity. In a few short years, he's got four albums to his name, over 700 concerts under his best, and multiple awards. During a time when most young artists are still searching for their own voices, he has quietly built one of the most impressive and varied reputations in modern roots music. On his latest ... Read more in Amazon's Mark Erelli Store

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1. Ghost
2. Compass & Companion - Kelly Willis
3. Why Should I Cry
4. Miracle Man
5. My Love
6. Little Sister
7. Free Ride
8. Before I Knew Your Name
9. Take My Ashes To The River
10. All Behind Me Now
11. Almost Home

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Strong but still maturing 28 Jun. 2001
By "boy_howdy" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Mark Erelli is a local phenom where I come from; I first heard the title track "Compass and Companion" and the rockin' "Miracle Man" on the local radio station I trust the most, and thought them strong enough to merit the album's purchase. I'm glad I did. There are gems in addition to the radio-play cuts, and the album is overall a solid work. I especially like the in-concert feel of "Little Sister" ("My little sister makes more than you..."), and the ballads, especially "Take My Ashes to the River," are sweet and authentical "traditional folk".
Erelli is young, and it shows in places. His voice, especially, lacks depth and conviction in some places, and the production is immature -- it sounds like he's performing at an open mic sometimes, instead of taking advantage of the potential of the studio. While in general Erelli's songwriting is strong, with rural themes delivered in a heartfelt sweet tenor with a tinge of local rasp, and there are several gems, the album I think represents a portrait of an artist just on the verge of coming into his own. Still, it bears purchase, and the artist bears watching - if he's this good now, think what the future will bring!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Watch out for this one!!! 13 Feb. 2001
By Len Jaffe - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I had only heard of Mark Erelli's name in passing up until last Friday night, when he came to perform at the coffeehouse I help to run. Without question, this young man is at the beginning of a very long and successful career as a touring singer/songwriter, and this, his second national release (his third if you count the self-produced album of which were pressed only 1000 copies!!) will be the album the public will hear and take notice. Every song in the set is well-crafted and sung in a way that will let you know this guy is as real as it gets. The funny, tongue-in-cheek "Little Sister", will stay with you for days. I am hoping that Mark decides to allow some cover material to be recorded. He closed his show last week with what I consider to be the finest version of the Willie Nelson-penned Patsy Cline classic, "Crazy", sung without guitar or vocal amplification. There is no doubt in my mind that not only will Mark Erelli be a bright star in the acoustic area, but he will eventually be a yardstick by whom others are measured.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not to be missed... 3 April 2001
By Brenda Campbell - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those for a desert island... particularly if the island happens to have a strip of 2-lane blacktop and an old Chevy on hand. While the lyrics could use a touch more originality, Compass and Companion is a step up, lyrically, from Mark's eponymous national debut - a CD that's no slouch itself. The title track is the best highway love song Springsteen never wrote. Every cut here is a gem, and every one of them - particularly the bitter satire of "Free Ride" and the comic relief (as if we could need relief from such a voice) of "Little Sister" - works even better live. Mark injects a ripple of almost-pleasurable heartbreak into his voice when it's unaided by CD production. My age and temperament somehow let me resist Deadhead-ism and Phishhead-ism, but I'm in critical danger of becoming a Markhead. Catch this kid in person, and I mean NOW, and on your way, give up the choice slot in the car CD player to Compass and Companion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Solid, honest folk-rock 30 Oct. 2001
By Rob Damm - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album has really managed to charm me. It certainly isn't anything revolutionary, but it is one of those records where all of the songs sound vaguely familliar. It's a "comfortable" album, one you can sort of ease into and immediatley begin enjoying.
Erelli's lyrics are smart, touching, occasionally cloying, but overall very, very good. His tunes are pretty basic, but the music is sung and played with such honesty and emotion that it winds up sounding like more than the sum of its workman-like parts.
I'd imagine fans of Robert Earl Keen, Richard Thompson, etc. should enjoy this. There are at least 2 absolutely killer songs: The title track, a great shout-out-loud love song, and "Ghost", a sad-sweet rumination on unrequited love.
Great listening for long drives and late nights!
Great songwriter deserves wider audience. 3 Jun. 2010
By Rob - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I found the reviews to this disc a little arrogant. If this is a "fair' or above-average release, I'd like to hear a great one. Wait, I just did. Mark nailed this one out of the park as you won't find a more simple, catchy folk-pop and generally beautiful song-writing like this anywhere. Probably one of his strongest releases.
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