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  • Audio CD (19 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000NJVWM8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Down In A Cold Dirty Well
2. Golden Train
3. Be Back Soon
4. Mr Therapy Man
5. Supposed To Grow Old
6. After Tonight
7. Criminal
8. I'm In Peace
9. Oh Momma
10. Save Him
11. If I Gave You My Life
12. Don't Listen To A Word You've Heard

Product Description

BBC Review

In his debut album Holly, 18 year-old Canadian Justin Nozuka has created eleven impressive pieces of thoughtful acoustic-soul. Filled with understated melodies, minimal production and an interesting, sometimes dark take on song-craft, it comes as something of a surprise from one so young.

Justin likes to tell his stories from an unusual angle, evident in the very first track ''Down In A Cold Dirty Well'' where he takes the perspective of a man whose thoughts run back over his life while he is trapped...yes, at the bottom of a well. ''Save Him'' is another great example of Justin's curious viewpoint; in one of the highlights of the album, he heart-rendingly sings of overhearing the development of an abusive relationship in the flat next door.

Of course in this genre it just wouldn't be cricket if we didn't have a few obvious love songs, and in this case they are provided by the colourful and optimistic beauty ''Golden Train'' and the repetitive but spellbinding single-to-be ''After Tonight''.

Justin's voice suits his compositions perfectly, he has a rich, throaty mid-range, great for the bluesy elements, but he also has the ability and confidence even have a crack at some Timberlake-style highs, although he can sometimes go a little far and ends up sounding contrived and slightly parodic. That said this is still a superb album, filled with raw quality. Just enjoy. --Jamie Fisher

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Penney on 9 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
I saw Justin on Monday Night in Birmingham and Justin along with his band is one truely talented and unique singer and group. His songs and lyrics are amazing and to think he is only 18!! This guy has got a wonderful future ahead of him. If you want to impress your partner or just want to hear a truely beautiful album then this is the one to get. I would be totally amazed if there isnt a track on this album that you dont fall in love with (I love them all). Go and get this album today, you wont regret it for sure.
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By Mr. K. W. Stroyde on 10 Aug 2013
Format: MP3 Download
Great and enjoyable album and singer, now looking for more of his music! Great for listening to in the car or just chilling out with a book.
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Format: Audio CD
This album was a huge find. The range of guitar and vocal songs are quite unique and breaks out of the formulated chart mold to create a range of uniquely individual songs you only get once every few years. Brilliant.
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By Jacy on 23 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have been a great admirer of Justin Nozuka for a while now, and finally own this, his first album! Everything about it is stunning, from the music, lyrics and physical appearance. I love it so much. One of my best birthday presents.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bondbug on 23 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
i came across this on itunes, there was a free download on the song 'down in a cold dirty well',it was so good i just had to buy the album.a jason mraz meets jack johnson,truly fantastic.whatever i say i could not really praise this album enough.the best of the year so far 10 out of 10,brill.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Andrea E. Winney on 17 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled across this singer/songwriter by accident late one evening. How glad am I that I did so. It's only when you realise this is a "Debut" album, that you can apreciate the talent this young man has. This is, for all intense and purpose, an accoustic-based album. Some may be turned off a little by this, but think again.

This guy has given creative beauty to some very serious subject matter. I have personally, never heard a more moving account of domestic violence before, followed by a tale of solitude that should come with a health warning.

The production is just right, and whilst the musicianship is hard to judge due to its sparseness, that is not weakness.

Take a leap of faith, and buy this album. You will be at the front of a queue that will grow very large.

Potenially the find of 2007 !!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Pateman on 27 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
Before buying this album, I read a persons review on Itunes saying of this album 'that this is why music was invented!' High praise indeed for a teenager and his debut album. But damn do i now agree with that person!! The voice, the bluesy, soul and even sometimes folk feel to this accoustic album is so impressive, that I cannot even begin to describe to a person how good this is without playin them a piece so they hear it for themselves!! I hope he finds success here in the UK, but even if he doesn't hit it big, as long as he produces more of this stuff, he will still be regarded as one of the best singer/songwriters out there!!

Purchase this now, and make your day worthwhile!
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