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Home Again [CD]

Michael Kiwanuka Audio CD
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With Michael Kiwanuka, it's all about the voice. A voice that he describes as "hitting straight through to the core" with direct, emotional songs about love, yearning, comfort and belonging. It's a voice that built him a following via MySpace and small London gigs, and led Paul Butler from The Bees to invite him to the band's Isle of Wight studio to lay down these ... Read more in Amazon's Michael Kiwanuka Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B005MYWZIO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. I'm Getting Ready 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I'll Get Along (Album Version) 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rest 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Home Again 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bones 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Always Waiting 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Won't Lie (Album Version) 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Any Day Will Do Fine (Album Version) 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Worry Walks Beside Me 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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Debut album from London singer-songwriter and winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2012 prize, who has supported Adele in concert and whose voice has been compared to the likes of Bill Withers.

BBC Review

Earlier this year Michael Kiwanuka saw off tasty competition from hot tips Frank Ocean and Azealia Banks to be named the BBC’s Sound of 2012 winner by a panel of critics who clearly saw greater long-term potential in the London-born singer-songwriter than in his more obviously hip rivals. If they're minded to, Ocean and Banks have a right to feel aggrieved – the critics were 40 years out. Kiwanuka couldn't be more Sound of 1972 if he was teaching the world to sing in perfect harmony.

This isn't pejorative. It's not as if Kiwanuka is weeping salt tears over his Puppy Love or co-opting the Pipes and Drums and Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. He's got taste. He's "getting it together in the country" with Steve Winwood and Traffic, or beachcombing with Terry Callier, because Home Again is a folk/soul album, warm and understated with a breath of psychedelia. It might not heave with originality, but it's run through with a faith and sincerity that just about overpowers reservations.

And faith is a big thing for Kiwanuka, who peppers I'm Getting Ready – relaxed and summery like early solo Paul Simon – with calls to the Lord, and makes deep promises to his brother man on the gospel-soaked I Won't Lie. Even the less obviously devotional stuff like the slow-burn blues of Worry Walks Beside Me, the Moondance-era Van Morrison of Rest or the mariachi jazz of Always Waiting has the feel of a kind of pilgrimage – Kiwanuka is perpetually on the hunt for something, peace of mind, relief, the return home.

Produced by The Bees' Paul Butler, the album betrays hints of the Isle of Wight analogue dandies' free spirit in its more abandoned moments. Opener Tell Me a Tale is a glorious combination of fluttering jazz flute and Tempations swing, while I'll Get Along – with its nifty, crystal guitar and louche handclaps – is a quiet riot.

But all this spiralling through folk, soul and jazz settles on Kiwanuka's voice, a rich, weathered instrument that appears to carry more than 24 years' experience. If the occasional song is man-and-guitar by numbers, he's got the cords to conjure a bit of depth, whatever the decade.

--Matthew Horton

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just my opinion, but... 19 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
I have been kind of surprised by the mixed reaction to this album - I was particularly surprised by the amount of reviews on pretty much day one of the release. I like to spend a bit more time listening before I form an opinion, hopefully to provide a more rounded view.

Anyway, having spent the last week with Michael (figuratively speaking) I am glad to say that I'm very, very impressed. There has been real attention to detail when it comes to creating a collection of songs that would sit happily alongside a number of classic early 70's soul albums.

Its clear right from opening the CD case that Michael Kiwanuka's 'Home Again' album is heavily influenced by classic soul; the case has been put together to look remarkably like a record sleeve and is peppered with photos that feel like they were shot in the same era. Thankfully this attention to detail and homage to soul legends like Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye etc. extends beyond the artwork and straight into the music.

The opening track 'Tell me a Tale' is a gorgeous song full strings and a smattering of horns that could have come straight from a Curtis Mayfield tune. Though still has a unique sound of its own, instrumentation is perfect. Michael Kiwanuka's vocal delivery brings Marvin Gaye to mind, smooth and soulful, with just an edge of pain and suffering.

Highlights come thick and fast through the early tracks. Notably, the third song 'I'll get Along' has a beautiful melody and the vocal is marvellously supported by the fluttering of flutes that is very reminiscent of Bill Withers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful music 17 April 2012
By ABD
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having heard Michael Kiwanuka on the radio I bought his CD because there was something special about his voice.
For me its a very spiritual album but not a religious one and this I discovered when I was listening to it. I did not buy it
because I was looking for the spiritual, I bought it because I recognised something beautiful.
I recommend this CD to anyone who needs or wants to take time out to be still and soothed.....this will do it for you:)
Enjoy
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow burners full of love 30 Mar 2012
By DKB
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I agree with a previous reviewer, if Michael Kiwanuka hadn't been a BBC winner of sound of the year, and instead an artist that people stumbled onto, this album would have better reviews. As is, there seems to be a lot of "over produced"/"not what I expected" reviews.

I listened to a lot of these songs on youtube, before the album was released so I knew what to expect. A lovely slow burning album wrapped up in his soft, subtle voice. Music to while an evening away with loved ones.

I look forward to more from Mr Kiwanuka.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quality 12 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
i had to write this after previous review didnt give it the love it deserves , this is album of the year and if there is a better one to come bring it on , beautiful album with warmth layers and great vocally and gets better each listen , i think winning the bbc poll puts a pressure on the neck but kiwanuka probably doesnt care or shouldnt do this will become the word of mouth album and i wouldbt be surprised to see him in adele place by next year
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You really must buy this album 26 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What an album, can't recommend it enough, every track is simply brilliant and the whole family enjoys the talents of this young man
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars soulfull, beautifully crafted music! 13 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
undertones of 60's American soul/folk with a fresh modern take. Soothes the soul and evokes memories of a bygone era. Would recommend this album to anyone who has an appreciation of soft soul/folk music. I loved this album, simply beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful 15 Feb 2013
By F Ward
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Amazing soulfoul mature voice. Home Again stays with you for a long time. Came across Michael Kiwanuka by accident and has turned out to be my best discovery in a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 16 Nov 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is an absolutely stunning albumn that never gets tiresome, I could listen to this over an over again!
I find it good to have on whilst having a bath!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really liked the vocals and music, The tunes are really chilled out.
Published 2 days ago by Sharon Napper
5.0 out of 5 stars Was recommended by a friend and am very pleased with it
Lovely, chilled album. Was recommended by a friend and am very pleased with it!
Published 19 days ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent seller, highly recommended! A++++
Published 19 days ago by Stephen Ingless
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very cool album, I heard a track somewhere (I can't ...
This is a very cool album, I heard a track somewhere (I can't even remember where) and looked him up and bought the album on spec. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P S Brockway
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend
Chilled, relaxing
Published 2 months ago by Miss K A Flannery
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Moving music
Published 3 months ago by Gungadin
5.0 out of 5 stars Really smooth
I wasn't sure what to expect when i bought this but it really pleasantly suprised me. it is the sort of thing toplay as background when having friends for dinner, or even when... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ms J Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars Just lovely
Beautiful voice, lovely melodies, spinetingling arrangements. Hints of Marvin Gaye, a touch of Van Morrison but something special in its own right.
Published 7 months ago by kestrel sky
3.0 out of 5 stars Home again
Not as good as I expected to be but easy background music to relax to. Not sure if I'll purchase more of his work.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. J. S. Cairns
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth sound
So Quiet and smooth songs, remarkably talented. Like in literature the Empire writes back. Insistent sound, The album stands out.
Published 8 months ago by Tina Vaarby Laursen
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