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Hollow [CD]

Howie Beck Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Easy Tiger
  • ASIN: B00005NDZ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Hollow 1:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Baby Plays Around On Me 2:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Maybe I Belong 4:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Chance Is Gone 4:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. She Moves (Rosie) 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Won't Be Sorry 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Scarecrow Down 2:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Serves You Right 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wanted Man 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. What You Found 2:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The One You Wanted 7:080.79  Buy MP3 

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Howie Beck is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose debut release was recorded in his bedroom studio, self-financed and released via his own Web site. Hollow is a great deal more than mere vanity publishing, however. Howie Beck's songs initially seem like shy and unprepossessing alt. country creatures, turning no heads as they make their unspectacular entrance into the room, avoiding direct eye contact, failing to score. Titles like "The Chance Is Gone" and "Maybe I Belong" are indicative of the unrequited longings expressed here. However, on repeated listenings, these songs have a way of evoking your deepest sympathies, in their quietly sensational way. There's a string-soaked lushness, a strawberry melodic twist to these songs that's reminiscent of Brian Wilson or McCartney at his best. Mind you, there's a bitter hint of Lennon as well, on the smoulderingly venomous "Serves You Right"; "You turned out just like I hoped you would". This is a beguiling debut. --David Stubbs

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Howie Beck - Hollow

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bitterly beautiful 5 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
What to say....i was really suprised at how good this album is! The acoustic singer/songwriter is very bitter about love and friends, and wraps it up in wonderful acoustic, slow burning songs, hinting at alt. country but more Elliott Smith to him than Ryan Adams. Some have a bit of bite to them, others just wonderful melodic... Highlights would have to be the wonderful title track and opener "Hollow", which is short but fingerpicked brilliance (sounds very like Elliott Smith), whilst "Serves You Right" is one of these songs that is completley simple but amazingly good, in the same vein that Lennon could conjure something from the simplest chords. A very rare find but a debut that surely can't be overlooked. Nothing new but nothing ordinary...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great artist 30 May 2004
By Evan Korte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have only downloaded two tracks off of his website, but they really are good. I've been meaning to pick up the CD. Great lo-fi acoustic stuff done by someone with a genuine passion for it that is contagious. Here's hoping that someone somewhere reads this review and checks this guy out. He deserves all the attention he can get.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Canada's best-kept secret 6 Jan 2009
By beatnoir - Published on Amazon.com
Amazing there's still just one review here, but i hear that Howie has been received better in Europe than in the US (not counting his home, Canada, of course) which makes sense, cause his music is far too modest and as unassuming as his name at first glance.

But if you give this album the attention & care that it probably took making, you'll be rewarded with a classic slowburner and although there's a distinct vein of melancholy runnning through the tracks, Howie manages never to sound boring or self-pitying, even if he confesses that "baby played around on him". There's always an uplifting quality to his songs, and the dark undercurrent in his lyrics is countered by the flawless & luscious production.

Although he prefers to do it all by himself (most instruments, recording, mixing etc.) the record is anything but lo-fi, and you can really hear the careful attention to detail. I love the fact that his music sounds polished but stays true to the indie spirit at the same time.

Although it is best digested as a whole, there are some standout tracks, all for different reasons. "Baby plays around" is pop in perfection, "Maybe I belong" a wonderfully luscious lament, "What you found" a catchy uptempo rocker, while "Serves you right" - with its repressed anger and piercing lyrics - is probably the secret highlight of the album. Howie Beck's hushed, subdued voice blends into all these different moods, and is also complemented by some wonderful string arrangements from Taylor Savvy.

In the meantime, Howie Beck released an even better (and modestly successful) 3rd album in 2004 (thus only 4 stars here), and has a new album coming out in February 2009 (5 years between his albums is nothing unusual by the way). Maybe this will garner him even more attention and lead to people actually checking this review.
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