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|1. Do You Want To Come With?|
|2. What's That You Say Little Girl|
|4. Bad Bad You, Bad Bad Me|
|6. Lost Without You|
|11. New York|
|12. Rain (UK Bonus Track)|
|13. If You Go (UK Bonus Track)|
This is an entirely acoustic-based album, with enough pure acoustic moments to make it different. It makes a nice change, as the songs are simpler and uncomplicated. In fact, how Stephen manages to put so much into each song with seemingly so little is amazing. You can hear every instrument clearly in its own right, and all together as a whole the sound is truly great.
This CD was recommended to me by Amazon, and I decided to buy it after reading the reviews here. If it's been recommended to you too, I expect you'll love it. I'm not sure if I can compare Stephen Fretwell to any other artist, although now and again I think "that sounded a bit like Ed Harcourt/Tom Baxter/etc." and even Don McLean at one point.. He doesn't make music that sounds like anyone else, but he's along the same guitar/piano-based lines.
After only a few listens this album is one of my favourites, and I expect it will be for a long time to come. Excellent.
This album is simply stunning,its perfect for the long dark winter nights.
Lights out, just the fire on and these beautiful, haunting melodies filling the room.
Stephen's voice reminds me very much of Chris from Coldplay, its a very obvious comparison, but beyond that, this guy as a Dylanesque delivery to his vocal.
You can go two ways when listening to this album, you can just enjoy the melodies, or if you pay attention you can pick up on some very well written songs.
This album for me just basically flows, if your looking for comparisons in order to make your decision to buy then I would compare him to David Gray and Snow Patrol, but I would give this album the edge over the most recent releases by either artist, which says a lot, because Final Straw by Snow Patrol is awesome also.
Buy this, its very good and deserves your hard earned cash, and your ears deserve the treat.
The most astonishing thing about this album is that Fretwell is only in his early twenties. Come across a serious male artist and reviewers start reaching for the comparisons with Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, but there are tracks on here that either would have been proud to write.
All this album asks is that you actually listen to it. The rewards are immense. Gentle settings frame bitter words, and from the teasing opening of 'Do You Want To Come With?' there's a continual desperation to hear the next line.
The melodies, for the most part acoustic and sparce, are widely varied in style and insistent. You'll find yourself humming these tunes all day. At the moment I can't stop singing 'New York', but yesterday it was 'Bad Bad You, Bad Bad Me' and tomorrow feels like it might be a 'What's That You Say Little Girl' day.
Deeply splendid, and a record your ears deserve.