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Great Lakes

24 Mar 2013

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Product details

  • Label: Barp Limited
  • Copyright: (p) Barp Limited
  • Total Length: 38:03
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  • ASIN: B00BRMB2U2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,060 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 7 April 2013
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I think this is a really fine album. I took a bit of a risk on it as I'd not heard John Smith's work before, and I'm really glad I did. It is full of melodious, intelligent songs and some lovely instrumental work.

John Smith is a folk artist from Devon who often sounds older and more world-weary than his still relatively young age. The title Great Lakes sounds rather Americana-ish and Smith isn't afraid to sound faintly Country at times (on Freezing Winds of Change, for example), but he has a distinctly English style of his own with a husky, haunting voice, fine guitar work and a beautifully produced sound from a very good small band. It is hard to categorise him, but there were echoes of John Martyn, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and even Billy Bragg in various places, and I caught a hint of Springsteen, too, in songs like Town to Town.

John Smith is a songwriter of real quality and a fine performer. Great Lakes was a joyful discovery for me and I would warmly recommend it as a beautiful, thoughtful and sometimes very moving album
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Lush on 28 Mar 2013
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John Smith's new album shows an increasing confidence - it's more restrained than the previous ones, simpler and more controlled. Smith's deliberate restraint in instrumentation and singing means that when he does really let go, he packs a powerful punch. Of all his albums, this is the one with the prettiest tunes and the greatest emotional connection. My standout track is probably England Rolls Away but the quality is high throughout - always engaging and involving and frequently very moving. He's a bit of a hidden national treasure!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jcb on 25 Mar 2013
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I first heard John by accident when he was supporting Cara Dillon at a little local theatre near me. I couldn't get over his voice and his guitar playing at the time, and ever since. If you haven't heard him before, this album will blow you away. If you know him already, you're in for a treat!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fell_wanderer on 26 April 2013
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I've enjoyed John's other albums but this really marks a step-change, with a broader palette of instruments (and singers) backing up his gravel-and-molasses voice and elegant, understated guitar playing. Its almost impossible to pick highlights as virtually ever song is gorgeous (except maybe "Forever to the end"), though I guess if I had to make a 'desert island' selection, it would be the langourous yearning of "Town to town". I can strongly recommend this album and, if you can, see him live; his guitar playing is astonishingly deft (yet always in service of the music) - he barely touches the frets yet summons up a whole symphony orchestra. Right now, my album of 2013.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JohnPMac on 27 Mar 2013
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Really enjoyed seeing John supporting Lisa Hannigan about a year ago, and in her band. This album showcases his excellent songwriting, instrumental and singing talent. Several standouts, but for me, Freezing Winds of Change is the best track on the album. Try it, you'll probably like it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MR MAX RONALD TUCKER on 28 Aug 2013
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I bought this album having heard one or two tracks from the talented John Smith on BBC Radio. I liked the album, good folk acoustic to put on when having friends around, I think a few tracks sound a bit 'samey' but that might just be me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eamonn MacNeill on 23 Nov 2013
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John Smith is a singer/songwriter from Devon. He may have an ordinary name, but be assured he's no ordinary artist.

"Great Lakes" is John's third full length release and the one that really has brought him to prominence. It is an album of exquisite, beautiful, intelligent lyrics, all put together with Mr Smith's soft husky tones, quality guitar playing, accompanied by some nice string arrangements.

Stand out tracks, "There is a stone" "Freezing winds of change" "Perfect storm" "She is My Escape"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacqui Millar on 17 Oct 2013
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This was recommended by a friend and I love it very much. His voice takes a little getting used to but his guitar playing is sublime.
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