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  • Audio CD (9 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Compass
  • ASIN: B004KDO2I4
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Send Somebody
2. Family Man
3. Invisible
4. Dear Father
5. Gathering Mercury
6. Half A Million Angels
7. Far From Home
8. Where the Sky Is Blue
9. A Simple Song
10. Goodnight Romeo
11. Send Somebody
12. Invisible
13. Half A Million Angels
14. Where The Sky Is Blue

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'Gathering Mercury' is full of Hay's usual optimism with arrangements featuring his quizzical, instantly recognizable tenor and supported by his distinctive acoustic rhythmic style and mellow electric guitar accents. While Colin Hay's voice and visage are familiar to millions as front-man, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work ("Down Under", "Overkill", "Who Can it Be Now?"), the past ten years have found him re-introducing himself to a new generation of fans. The frequent use of his music in TV and film - including hit shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances) and Army Wives, the hit sound track to the film Garden State and the recently released Morning Glory - has proven the timeless appeal of his songs: quizzical, curious, cynical yet open-hearted. Colin Hay feels that his new album, 'Gathering Mercury', is best thing he's ever done. The songs on the album were inspired by the loss of his father and reveal Hay's emotional depth and musical diversity with hints of Latin, country, folk and rock in the mix. The tunes are deeply affecting, but never maudlin. Despite the serious subject matter, they're full of Hay's usual optimism with arrangements feature his quizzical, instantly recognizable tenor supported by acoustic instruments and mellow electric guitar accents.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexis Martins on 27 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Yes, Iam aware that he did wrote a lot of great songs in the Men at Work years, alongside the other band members, and, yes, "Topanga" is pretty much the album that the majority of Colin's fans cherish the most. I wont argue with that, but "Gathering Mercury" is, by far, Colin's most emotional release to date. Almost heartbreaking and tear inducing at some points. Its fairly obvious that his father's passing way had a huge impact in him, and I think I can say that, if not all, about 90% of the songs were composed for him.
For that, and because its probably Colin's most personal release to date, I find it hauntingly beautiful. The lyrics still reveal Colin's natural talent as a songwriter, and the chords still have the unpredictable moments you were used to since the early 80's. So even if you only heard his Men at Work songs, my advice is, since most radios probably wont play this album long enough (if they play it at all), take listen to this and get it. Colin Hay's greatest masterpiece.
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By craigw on 15 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I was looking forward to this album being released. I have only started in the last few years to get into colin hay, ive got all the previous albums and enjoyed them all, but this one, for me was very dissapointing. I found it very dull, i think the acoustic tracks at the end of the cd were the only saving grace. I hope the next offering from Mr Hay has a bit more going for it!! I suppose every artist has a slightly dodgy album and i feel he can be forgiven,considering the quality of his previous material.
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i heard this cd at a Blackheart gig they used as the background music between sets , and just loved it .it is a very personal album,the track Dear Father almost brings me tears as my father is ill and i can connect with the lyrics,I am not going to disect the album track by track ,suffice to say it is not the funny/witty Men at work ,this is a songwriter who lost his father and still feels the pain,If you want a compasionate album this is for you
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By Pete Jarvis on 12 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD 3 days ago and can't stop playing it, It's a very enjoyable album, OK it never reaches the heights of his men at work material but on the odd occasion it comes very close. It's a very laid back listen and a joy to hear that great voice again.
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If only this man made an LP every six days - I'd 'ave 'em all! Well worth the wait, with 'Invisible' & title track being my favourites. You'll have yours - possibly all 14. How long for the next UK tour?
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