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Hand Built By Robots [CD]

Newton Faulkner Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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Newton Faulkner knows all about invention.
When he emerged in 2007 he was the fleet-fingered prince of sparkling guitar pop. A graduate of Guildford Academy of Contemporary Music, the then-22-year old kid from Surrey had a million-selling, Number One hit with his debut album Hand Built By Robots. Singles Dream Catch Me and I Need Something were the festival sound of 2007 and 2008. As were ... Read more in Amazon's Newton Faulkner Store

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  • Audio CD (30 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000QRI5R2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. To The Light
3. I Need Something
4. All I Got
5. Dream Catch Me
6. Feels Like Home
7. Teardrop
8. Gone In The Morning
9. Sitar-y Thing
10. Uncomfortably Slow
11. Straight Towards The Sun
12. People Should Smile More
13. She's Got The Time
14. U.F.O.
15. Face (Her)
16. Ageing Superhero
17. Lullaby

Product Description

Newton Faulkner has toured with Paulo Nutini and James Morrison. You hear this fact far more often than you have to–-it might have made sense to expose his palatable acoustic tinkerings to those massive audiences, but that association leaves too simplistic an impression. He specialises in partially progressive, free-willed folk-pop that is on one hand too cosy and warm for mass consumption–-there’s only so much space around the beach campfire–-but on the other it’s so accessible, so infectious, so feel-good that how could it not be headed for every other car stereo in the country, windows rolled down (weather permitting). It’s not cutting edge by any stretch of the imagination; he constantly reminds of the acoustic balladry of 90s soft-metal bands Extreme and Mr Big (or at least the songs "More than Words" and "To Be with You") via modern day peers like Ben Harper, but Newton Faulkner comes with a fertile imagination and an enjoyably flexible range to dress that foundation up. His gravelly cover of Massive Attack’s "Teardrop" is notable and Jack Johnson’s a good reference for the percussive plucking of tunes like "Gone in the Morning", "To the Light" and "Feels Like Home". There are very few 17-track albums that couldn’t be improved by losing six tracks, but the consistency on Hand Built by Robots is admirable and hints at a long term talent. --James Berry

BBC Review

Soft rocker, acoustic alien, folk fantasist and blues boy are just a few of the nicknames you may fancy labelling Newton Faulkner. And if his personality is as laidback as his sound, the Surrey-bred Brit probably couldn't care less what you tag him. As long as it's not cheesy.

Hand Built By Robots, Faulkner's stripped-back debut LP, introduces a well-travelled 21-year-old, accompanied by little more than his calming vocal and handmade guitar. The sound is soothing, the vibe genteel, the lyrics often profound, sometimes humorous. Unlike many soft rock albums, where monotony too often takes over, Hand Built! brims with subtle yet welcomed variety.

From the off, you know you're in for an album that strays from the norm. Faulkner's spectacular guitar solo intro blends perfectly in to feel-good number 'To The Light'- with its high-speed lyrics, positive message, unusual breaks and hooky melody, it will undoubtedly dazzle. Move on to 'I Need Something' and you'll unexpectedly stumble upon space age wizardry mingled with classic acoustic guitar.

In stark contrast to the LP's more chilled moments, 'Dream Catch Me' (Jo Whiley's 'Record of the Week' on Radio 1) opens with a dark and nasty bassline, more reminiscent of UK garage/ grime than acoustic/ soft rock. The brilliant riffs, contagious melodies and rocket-fuelled pace make this an obvious highlight. Meanwhile, on 'Teardrop', Faulkner bravely takes on Massive Attack's haunting classic with considerable ease.

He may have seemingly come out of nowhere to spectacularly bag support slots for James Morrison and Paulo Nutini, play Glastonbury and be playlisted on Radio 1, but one's thing's clear: Newton Faulkner is here to stay. --Elle J Small

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very promising newcomer 12 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album on impulse after seeing an advert on TV and I'm now very glad for my impulsive nature! All of the other reviews already posted have hit the nail right on the head. This album is fantastic: good vocals, solid beats and rythms, what more could you as for?
I agree with the Amazon product description, it is very much a "sitting round a campfire" style of music, but I just happen to love that style!
Having read other reviews explaining the way he plays i.e. fairly complicated guitar work and doing the drum beats himself by slapping the guitar, my respect for him is huge. As a guitarist myself, listening to the tracks and trying to figure out how he's doing it brings it home. I wouldn't pass up the chance to see him live!
If you like this style of music or just want some good old fashioned good unpretentious music, give this album a go!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb talent 21 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Went to see John Mayer in the Albert Hall recently and Newton Faulkner opened for him. He was on for about a hour and every piece was superb. He is an excellent entertainer and well worth listening to. A very talented guitar player. He gave John Mayer a very tough act to follow. Naturally I bought the album on my way home. It has been being played in the car ever since and quite a few people have been converted as a result. Buy it and I think you will be too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great record by a great live talent 2 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
I am a newcomer to Newton Faulkner, finding him playing at a local music festival in Jersey in July 09. I was so impressed with his live performance, I immediately bought the CD and was not disappointed with the recorded music. He is a special talent, writes great songs and has that memorable personality that makes the live show so enjoyable. This is acoustic music of a very high quality backed on record by a fine band. Some lovely melodies like 'Dream Catch Me' and 'Gone in the morning'. And evidence of interesting instrumentals in 'sitar-y-thing'. One to really enjoy. Buy it if you are one of the few like me who have not already come across this chap. And go see him perform live, just terrific.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Album 21 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Varied and alive, original and sincere. Very much enjoyed and grows more enjoyable after each listen. Don't listen to the one star people, most of them appear not to have listened to the entire album *****
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5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUSO! 21 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
I seen this guy on a music show for 5 mins on the tele at late night, I was a bit drunk but seeing this guy sobered me up, I thought he was awesome. Went and tried to get the album and it was sold out everywhere which I am sure was not down to dark forces, but intelligent people who can identify talent when they see it.

I love every song on this album, ok they are not complex, but you can tell that this guy is laid back if his lyrics are anything to go by.

Jack Johnson ?? I don't really have much time for him (not saying he isn't talented - just doesn't appeal to me), I think Newton is talented & can sing in his own right and should be rewarded for such.

If I were you I'd get this album, even if it is only for Dream Catch Me which I could play until the cows come home... by the way anyone seen them??

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He will blow you away! 9 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought Newton Faulkner's cd on spec, having seen it advertised on television, and boy am I glad I did! His voice is somewhat reminiscent of Paolo Nutini's in it's richness and bluesey edge. However while there are similarities to Paolo in a few of his songs, Newton's songs are far more harmony rich and accomplished musically, with beautiful acoustic guitar and subtlely beautiful arrangements.

If you like the surf sound of Jack Johnson or Kalai then you are likely to find his style readily accessible. However, don't expect another Jack Johnson! No way, this guy has more depth: his voice has a real aching passion that hits you in the same way as Damien Rice's voice and lyrics do.

Newton Faulkner is very, very special. A rare talent. Uplifting, moving, heart-rending. I think he is going to be massive (he certainly deserves to be!)

I urge you to buy this!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album 24 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album was bought for me as a birthday present, and I really like it. There's a feel-good mood throughout and you can't help be buoyed by Newton's exuberance and obvious pleasure in performing.

He's a fantastic guitarist, using a popping and slapping technique similar to Eric Roche (who was a big influence on him) or Michael Hedges, and it's refreshing to hear someone with genuine talent. He's not a bad vocalist either, though on occasions the songs sound a little like Snow Patrol. It's not ground-breaking, but it is something different to the stream of indie bands that are around at the moment, with Newton turning to a more experimental pop sound, driven by an acoustic guitar.

The quality isn't totally consistant, as a few of the tracks towards the end drop off, but the singles are likely to get stuck in your head for days, and it's hard not to be impressed by the maturity of the song-writing for the most part. Newton Faulkner will be one to watch for the future, and this is a strong debut which is definitely worth owning. I've not moved it from my stereo for days now.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awesome! 25 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Newton Faulkner's album is pure genius - definately the best album I've bought in years.

I first saw newton Faulkner when he was supporting James Morrison back in March, and I was completely blown away by his inspiring songs, his amazingly soulful voice and his ability to make you instantly sing along to his songs - all which make you smile to yourself.
I've since seen him twice more, and it never fails to amaze me how nice this guy actually is - he really works hard at pleasing the crowd, be it large or small, and I have never seen anyone play a guitar quite as well as Newton Faulkner does.

Buy this album, it will be the best one you have bought in absolutely ages - you'll love it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simply the best album ever. Although it doesn't have full fat :(
Published 2 days ago by Laura Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favourite cds
Published 27 days ago by jec robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hand Built by Robots
I really enjoyed listening to this artist and found that I absolutely loved it! Hope to hear more from this artist! Highly recommended!
Published 7 months ago by AnnMarie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
My daughter played me a couple of tracks & I was hooked. Acoustic & vocals is always good & the speed at which this man can sing is amazing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Loli P
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Published 11 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite albums
There isn't one song in this album that I don't like. Very folky and yet he has some very shiny songs. He expresses his chilled and well humoured personality through his music. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dora
5.0 out of 5 stars Hand Built By Robots
I love the complex rhythms. I often have it on in the car and have to be careful to keep my hands from drumming along with it!
Published 12 months ago by Kingsfisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Upbeat album
A cheerful upbeat album, would highly recommend:)

Never new the singer until recommended by a friend, will buy his future albums without a doubt!
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Terry Hutchings
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
I need to listen a bit more I think it does not grab me as much as write it on your skin cd but still worth a listen in my book ..
Published 13 months ago by mrs wendy a clarkson
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
The album is just beautifully written and performed, was an absolute bargain too! Would highly recommend to chill out to
Published 15 months ago by Zed
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