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  • Audio CD (30 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Belka
  • ASIN: B006OMXUU0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Limited to 1500. Every single sleeve hand drawn. During January 2011 Darren Hayman, ex wrote a song for every day of the month. It was an incredibly frantic period of work. Each day not only included the writing of a song, but also it s recording and the making of a video, and an online diary. Even in this age of downloads I can still get frustrated about how long it takes to release records, says Hayman. I wanted to make something instantly and, without anytime for editing or revision, release it and make it permanent. The project became eclectic through necessity. The songs range from glam disco stomps, through folky laments and accapella hymns to jazz backed spoken words. I knew some sort of theme would reveal itself gradually through the work, continues Darren, and that theme became one of release and escape. Lots of the songs are about imginary or longed for havens. To aid him in his task Darren received help from many collaborators; some known, some unknown and some met for the first time during the month. Co-writes and collaborations include Allo Darlin, The Wave Pictures, Terry Edwards, Ballboy and many more. The physical relase of this project comes in a beautiful gatefold sleeve with printed inner bags. Every single sleeve has been hand drawn by Darren and we don t mean just a squiggle or an abstraction, he has drawn an individual, different sleeve on every copy. We re not sure if this has been done before. Every page of Darren s journal as well as 31 song videos and 31 video diaries can be seen at http://januarysongs.tumblr.com/

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This has to be a fairly unique project. In January 2011 former Hefner frontman Darren Hayman set himself the task of writing and recording a song a day for the entire month. That's 31 tracks in 31 days. That's quite a challenge! All 31 tracks that resulted are released on this impressive double album. The first run of 1500 each has a sleeve individually illustrated by Darren. The one we got was a really great drawing of a dog, a simple line sketch but wonderfully capturing a slightly quizzical expression on its face. So we were impressed even before putting a CD in the player!

And when the music started to play we continued to be very impressed. Darren rose to the challenge spectacularly, turning out track after track of catchy tunes and interesting lyrics on a whole range of subjects. OK, so it's a little rough around the edges, the nature of the challenge meant that there was no time to polish each track, but there isn't really a duffer on here and by and large it's a magnificent album. It's accessible, which is an increasingly rare thing these days.

An excellent album, a real feat by any standards. It would be churlish to award it anything less than 5 stars.
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'January Songs' is a collection of 30 songs that ex-Hefner frontman Darren Hayman wrote over January (one a day!). Much like The Magnetic Fields '69 Love Songs' the quantity of the songs never outweighs the quality; Haymans been perfecting his craft for years now and knows his way round a good tune. Darrens been very prolific recently and this release follows hot-on-the- heels of 'The Ships Piano', an album of piano ballads. Despite the prevalence of concepts in his recent output it's the songwritting that takes center stage as usual; a mixture of acoustic laments, folk singalongs and lo-fi/twee indie. There's a few guest spots on this album too, including Gordan Mclntyre of Scottish indie-types Ballboy, Jack Hayter (ex-Hefner bandmate) and the Wave Pictures. It's a very 'indie' affair but it would be a shame if it was purely Haymans fanbase that bought this album. An engrossing and hugely enjoyable listen, this'll be the soundtrack to many a quiet night in. Gorgeous.
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It is an overwhelming accomplishment to craft 31 songs within the period of a month but it works so flawlessly! I thoroughly enjoyed this release and I have come to realize Darren Hayman as one of England's most gifted songsmiths!
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