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The Lights In This Town Are Too Many To Count

Grand Drive Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B0002H2O1Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love and the Truth
2. Maybe I'm A Winner
3. The Real Thing
4. Lady Of Mine (West Pier 2003)
5. Me and My Star
6. Santa Rita
7. I Won't Let You Down
8. There Aren't Words (I'm Just Gonna Write)
9. I Believe In Love
10. Your Final Hour

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On their fourth album, The Lights in This Town Are Too Many to Count, Grand Drive have combined classic songwriting with an atmospheric modern twist. From the grandiose opener "Love and Truth" through the folky "The Real Thing" and onto the epic closer "Your Final Hour", this is a powerful album of majestic quality. The Lights in This Town Are Too Many to Count sees the Wilson brothers (Danny and Julian) finally deliver on all the promise of their earlier albums and has the makings of a cult classic.

BBC Review

Grand Drive have made a simply beautiful album that is jam packed full of magical songs about love won and lost. It will tug at the heartstrings and repeatedly dazzle you.

Danny and Julian Wilson were born in Australia, raised in South London, and named their band after a dull suburban road in Raynes Park. However, the lush arrangements of their music are more alt-country than drab suburbia.

Despite gaining an excellent live reputation, and recording three excellent albums, they've never achieved great commercial success. You have to give credit to the band's perseverance; they'd already been dropped by two record labels before signing to Gravity.

The Lights begins calmly with "Love And The Truth" - guitars build slowly for over three minutes before the drums dramatically crash in.

The upbeat second track, "Maybe I'm A Winner", signals a change of direction for the band, who've been ploughing the same familiar furrow since 1995. The track is full of optimism and enthusiasm -two sentiments which have been missing from their music in the past. I can really sense their steely determination to succeed.

Things get even livelier with "Real Thing", the rockiest track they've ever written. Contrastingly, Santa Rita is probably the quietest song they've recorded. The song rolls along as lightly as a feather drifting in the breeze.

A remarkable cohesion to the band's music is achieved by the recurrence of certain motifs in their songwriting. Words and phrases keep popping up; the sky, stars, morning, a new day, fresh opportunities and positive thoughts, for example - "Looking at the night sky, looking for a shooting star, following a rainbow" in "Maybe I'm A Winner".

The album closes with the stunning "Your Final Hour" which seems to have been taken from the land of wonder and dreams. "There's no place I'd rather be...I hear your voice..." sings Wilson as I peacefully drift off to a place far away from the stresses and strains of city life.

There isn't a single weak track on this wonderful album. Your collection won't be complete without it! --Dan Tallis

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand, just grand. 22 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Worthy follow-up to "True Love and High Adventure" (one of my faviourite albums). The sound is more guitar less piano, and this time they've avoided the wandering instrumentals which is a good thing. If this gets any airtime, specially state-side, then Grand Drive will be the Next Big Thing. Which is deserved because there's some intelligent songwriting here, good tunes, original sound and good vocals. "Love and the Truth" wouldnt sound out of place on any early Spingsteen album. "I Wont Let You Down" has echoes of solo 70's Paul Simon, very catchy. If you're new to Grand Drive then this is a good place to start, if you know them already I dont think you'll be disappointed. In fact there's not a weak track anywhere and for that I give 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The hits on this album are too many to count... 22 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Another treasure courtesy of the brothers Wilson. This 4th album offering from the antipodean-born southerners possesses all the usual melodic crooning along with a slightly new direction. 'The lights in this town are too many to count' gives way to the guitar, and is slightly less keyboard driven. Previously the keyboards/organ have been the foundation of much of the material (and that's no surprise when you hear the talents of ivory-tinkler Julian Wilson).
Love is still the word in Grand Drive's camp, and 'Me & My Star' proclaims: "You want my head examined, but all I want is you. You want my arteries flattened, but all I want to do...", slightly more biting than the ballads that we've become used to, but welcome all the same.
However, 'I Believe in Love', a real return to style, is enough to melt the iciest and most cynical of hearts.
The harmonies are still going strong within this in-offensively rocked-up album, and in true Grand Drive style the closing track (Your Final Hour) is a sleep-inducing lullaby.
For the long standing Grand Drivers, this is a long anticipated and heavenly treat, but we expected nothing less. For those still ignorant to the charms of these folky/country/poppy heads, believe the title of this masterpiece and look no further.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be better known. 16 Aug 2004
By Mitch
Format:Audio CD
After hearing 'The Real Thing' on radio a while before this was released I knew that this band who I'd never heard off were something to look out for. I bought the album on the day it was released and was very impressed. Grand Drive are one of those bands with a small fanbase but still put out albums happily, content not to be mainstream.
This is good rock, albeit middle of the road rock, harmless tunes and words making up catchy songs. The real thing is still my favourite track, but the beauty and relaxation of 'Lady Of mine' and 'Santa Rita' make for perfect listening. Just one track which isn't quite as good, and thats the final one- 'Your Final Hour'. It drags on a bit for me.
However don't let that one point put you off this very good cd. Just when you wonder if songwriters have finally run out of ideas, a cd like this comes along and proves the 12 musical notes have not been entirely exhausted.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Listen 21 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Certainly this marks the triumphant return of Grand Drive. However you can't escape the fact that the first track "Love And The Truth" sounds like Cast playing a ballad.
Grand Drive do have neat arrangements, but the vocal's do have that Mersey Britpop vibe. As things progress though, the slight presence of Americana, the melodies of REM ( "The Real Thing") and the edgy Neil Young meets Bob Dylan vocals seem to fit together better.
At times you could be forgiven for thinking they owed more to Tom Petty and George Harrison, as this is a very mature blend of countrified folky rock. Some high points and intelligent songs, make it worth a listen.
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