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Lonesome Dreams Deluxe Edition

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Lord Huron is a musical and visual project created by Ben Schneider. Originally a solo project, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), Brett Farkas (guitar, vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals).

Ben Schneider was born in Michigan and started playing music as a child, on his father's acoustic guitar. The senior Schneider ... Read more in Amazon's Lord Huron Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Play It Again Sam
  • ASIN: B009XL5L6A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ends Of The Earth
2. Time To Run
3. Lonesome Dreams
4. The Ghost On The Shore
5. She Lit A Fire
6. I Will Be Back One Day
7. The Man Who Lives Forever
8. Lullaby
9. Brother
10. In The Wind
11. Setting Sun (bonus track)
12. Son Of A Gun (bonus track)
13. When Will I See You Again (bonus track)

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BBC Review

Michigan’s Ben Schneider, the driving force behind Lord Huron, is a man with a grand, multi-media vision and a penchant for the wide open spaces of the mythic American West. This debut long-player arrives with additional short films and ‘imagined novels’ by mysterious fictional wordsmith George Ranger Johnson, designed, according to Schneider, to create “a world with its own mythology”.

For all that, Lord Huron is, at heart, a rootsy, all-American affair, albeit with added sonic dimensions. It offers an ingenuous, prairie-wide signature that’s closer to the numinous folk-rock of Fleet Foxes than any self-consciously ‘arty’, pan-genre peregrinations.

Indeed, the kinetic, major chord assault of opener Ends of the Earth very much sets the tone for an album which inexorably lassos the listener with it soaring, Technicolor harmonies (which threaten to, but never quite turn into a full choral yodel), glinting, reverb-soaked guitars and propulsive rhythms. At times, it’s like listening to urgent country music emanating from the dusty knave of a vast gothic cathedral.

There is innovation aplenty here, in fact. The opening to The Man Who Lives Forever is based around beautiful, interleaved gamelan chimes – miles away from folk-rock central casting. Elsewhere, subtle, iridescent electronic elements weave in and out of the plangent superstructure, adding genuine cinematic texture to music that already, inevitably, summons the gallant desert spirit of Sergio Leone and Sam Shepard.

Lyrically, Schneider certainly occupies the persona of the classic, questing ‘Wild West’ loner, keeping things to almost sound-bite-like simplicity (“I walk by a moonlit lake / A cold wind blows and my bones start to ache,” goes the title track). For all his novelistic ambitions, uncomplicated song titles such as Time to Run and I Will Be Back One Day hardly suggest profound literary meta-texts. But that’s just fine, because these are not so much ‘songs’, in the traditional sense, as mini screenplay scenarios, dusty-booted vignettes of life and love on the edge of a scenic wilderness.

Ultimately, God is less in the details, here, and Lonesome Dreams’ success lies largely in the irrefutably vaulting sweep of the music and the ineffable air of melancholy-dented redemption which it so effectively conjures.

--David Sheppard

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Colin on 18 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a brilliant album and deserves to be a huge hit. It is one of those rare albums with no dud songs or filler. The harmonies are amazing , and blend perfectly with some great guitar playing. My favourite tracks were ghosts on the shore and lullaby. Buy this album and bore your friends by keep talking about it! He also has two great ep's out too
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2013
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Were you to put the name "Lord Huron" into a musical thesaurus then the name of the the Fleet Foxes would undoubtedly appear. Certainly there is no denying that if Robin Pecknold took this band to court for the opening track "Ends of the Earth" the judge would undoubtedly throw the book at the former and award damages to the Fleet Foxes songwriter. But once you get into the meat of the album the comparison is rather perplexing since any influence-sleuth who gives the excellent "Lonesome Dreams" a spin could argue that this is no Seattle influenced one trick pony and that Ben Schneider the resident clever bod behind it has assembled an album full of soaring harmonies, nice pastoral narratives and a ear for a very fine tune. He supported in this task by a fine cast of supporting muso's including Mark Barry (percussion and vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass and percussion), Brett Farkas (guitar and vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar and vocals). Those looking for wider references will find them throughout "Lonesome Dreams" thus on some songs you get a snatch of My Morning Jacket ("She lit a fire" which is a real standout), on others a frisson of Animal Collective ("Time to Run") and finally that sort of percussive driven rock that Yeasayer have only mastered in parts ("Brother"). The latter track is an mightily infectious and rumbustious mix of African sounding rhythms and drums plus a strong if rather nasally vocal from Ben Schneider. But it is the glorious last track on this album "In the wind" which impresses most. It starts with a humming electronica and soft vocal backdrop and then pounds into a huge anthem with a melody so strong it could lift weights and is genuinely lovely.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nigel Harvey on 18 Mar. 2013
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I gave this album 5 stars because I was so impressed by it's maturity and breadth of vision as a first album from Lord Huron. The music is familiar yet somehow new, the lyrics deal with big issues and personal reflections, and to my ear there's not a bad track on the album. There are clearly echoes and comparisons to be made - think Fleet Foxes, Low Anthem, Arcade Fire, and you're somewhere in the right place. But there's also echoes of Everley Brothers-style country rock, and a respect for a musical ethic that may be considered by some as 'old-fashioned' but which roots this set in a popular musical tradition that goes back 50 years or so. Perhaps this comes out as memorable tunes - each song has a hook line, they are easy to sing along to after a couple of listens and get stuck in your head. This band also clearly have a sense of place - the lyrics constantly refer to lakesides and wide open spaces. There's space in the music too, and all the songs have something open about them, a celebration. I've already recommended this album to friends who share a love and knowledge of modern music. This album doesn't break any boundaries or set music off in any new direction. Mainstream it may be, but it makes a solid contribution to a genre and style of music which is already popular, and Lord Huron can quickly claim a place alongside established performers such as Fleet Foxes. Looking forward to seeing them live.
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By Eilish Burns on 12 Aug. 2013
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I bought this album after hearing 'Time To Run' after a blog suggestion, and I wasn't disappointed. It is a very individualistic sound of which I can honestly not think of any other band of which it is fair to compare to. I'm going travelling soon and so the lyrics relate to me a lot as they sound as if they love travel and exploring the world and the places and people in it. The bass line in the intro to 'She Lit A Fire' is constantly in my head... amazing. And watching videos of them live show that they are incredibly talented musicians that deserve a lot more recognition than they get. Buy this album!
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I bought this album in January last year and have barely listened to anything else since. I also saw them live on their UK tour and the set was as good as anything I've seen in the last decade.

I'm not sure I fully agree with the Fleet Foxes comparisons although I do understand why - my feeling is that Lord Huron are fairly unique delivering what I would describe as 'Feel Good Americana'. It's an uplifting set of tunes for sure and I would recommend delving back into their catalogue to pick up the track 'Stranger' if you find yourself enjoying this album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob Phippen on 16 April 2013
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I like this album primarily for the wonderful sense of space it manages to convey. Although I think I have to classify this as 'Americana', it's really good stuff. The term 'soundscape' is pretty appropriate. Excellent decompression music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Renee Power on 12 April 2013
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My son gave me a present of this CD for Xmas and I have not stopped playing it since in my car.
Never heard of them before Xmas. I have told all my friends about this CD.
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