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Map or Direction [CD]

John Smith Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BARP Ltd
  • ASIN: B002UHK40M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. A Long Way For A Woman 5:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Another Country 3:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Fear, The Horror 4:380.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Oliver 3:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Watch Her Die 2:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Swords 3:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Death And The Lady 7:400.89  Buy MP3 


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing 17 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I first Heard John Smith when I went to see David gray at the Colston hall in Bristol in December. John was the first artist on stage. Normally it takes me a while to really get into someones sphere of performing, but from the minute he began to play and sing he totally caught my imagination.

There are a lot of artists who bring out an album, you like a few tracks then basically the rest amounts to nothing. Not with this album, you can feel the total dedication to the performance, the haunting at times accoustics mix with a sultry tone of deep southern states America that at times whisks you away to a hearing delight.

Accoustic folk singers are very slim on the ground right now, but to find one with the ability to both sing and play with total ease makes you realise he has dedicated one hell of a lot to reach this peak. I have now listened to the album upteen times and I never tire of hearing something slightly different each time. This is one of those albums you need to just lay back and let it roll over you, the lyrics tell stories, they are nderstandable and the clarity of the performance is first class.

I would totally recommend this album to anyone who has a love of real music, from a performer who can take you away with the ability to make you listen, I seriously believe John Smith is a smash hit waiting to happen. I have seen many world class folk singers in my time and this man will be up there with the best in no time.

Wonderful album, superb performance, could not ask for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exceptional 8 Dec 2009
By Zoe
Format:Audio CD
Map or Direction is exceptional. From the gentle beginning of Invisible Boy through the complicated (Hands), the heartfelt (A Long Way For a Woman) and darkly beautiful (Watch her Die), the album grows to a fierce crescendo with Death and the Lady.

It's a perfect set which showcases John Smith's incredible talent. He growls, whispers and roars his way through original and yet somehow traditional material. His playing is unique and astonishing and has to be seen live to be believed. (And then you still won't believe it).

Only one complaint - one play doesn't quite get me to work. But perhaps that just means my commute is too long.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A British acoustic music original 3 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
A real grower. Not as John Martyn-influenced as his debut 'The Fox And The Monk', but pretty much all recorded on the road around the USA, and deeper and a little darker in hue. He's a multi-influenced, idiosyncratic singer-guitarist who writes powerful melodies and quirky (if a sometimes a little twee) lyrics. An engaging live performer too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 31 Mar 2010
By Baz
Format:Audio CD
This is an awesome album. There's a darkness, a roughness, a melancholy feel and yet it's warm and uplifting. I've recommended it to so many people since buying it. As an independent artist with so much talent I'd wish John all the best, but at the same time this is one of those albums you selfishly don't want hit the big time... just between you and me then, right?
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5.0 out of 5 stars john smith, map or direction 5 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Another superbly crafted and very enjoyable set of songs from a highly skilled musician and songsmith, and a shift in style from the highly percussive sounds/technique of the first album. This one feels much more personal, more direct - possibly related to the way the album appears to have been recorded "in vivo", rather than in the studio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lush raw beauty 5 Mar 2010
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I've never written a review before but I felt compelled. This is an amazingly beautiful and lyrically accomplished gem of an album, at one with itself and ultimately uplifting with undertones of life's mixtures of pleasure and pain. John Smith combines tidy but flowing guitar with a voice that's at once husky, edgy and sweet.

I've listened through several times now and it's growing in stature more and more in my music collection. There's a real sense of being transported to the woods... countryside... or back in time...
Axe Mountain in particular makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. Lush!

Beautiful, sincere, honest music from an outstanding talent. Enjoy people enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Map or direction- album of the year 20 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I requested this album for christmas 2009, and my good ole pops didn't fail. Having heard several of John Smiths songs on his my space page, I simply had to have this album. I can honestly say that I have not stopped listening to it since opening it on chrsitmas day.

The album opener is thought provoking, the second song- Hands- is an exercise in guitar virtuosity and as a guitar player myself, I can honestly say the tunings and picking brilliance displayed throughout the album is second only to the likes of Tommy Emmanuel.

Axe mountain is a thundering tale of loss and revenge, whilst the slower- slide riddled 'Oliver' brings the listener back down to terra firmer. Watch her die, my personal favourite, stomps with an almost Ye Olde English vibe, mixed with an alomost southern state americana that makes one think of swamps, houses on stilts and baking crome.

Death and the lady, another highlight of the album, is a rework of an ole english folk song. Its intesity is matched only by the subtle, penetrating guitar tones and melodies.

A top album, plenty of miles in this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Smith John Smith 15 Jan 2010
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John Smith's Map or Direction is an epic folk sound with some gorgeous twists... I can zone out to this album yet feel inspired at the same time. This album will make guitarists want to go and practice harder! The sleeve is lovely and includes all the lyrics which read like poetry. It contains epic folk songs, beautiful love songs and upbeat toe tapping ditties... Definitely an album must have.
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