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The Lateness Of The Hour
 
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The Lateness Of The Hour

3 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2011
  • Release Date: 3 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
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  • Total Length: 46:19
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  • ASIN: B0059QYAY2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,804 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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On previous occassions, I have gambled on an album on the strength of one track and been sorely disappointed (Sam Sparro & One Republic being the biggest ones to date), but The Lateness of the Hour is a definite winner.

Every track has it's own identity, from the almost punk era guitar of 'Up All Night', the drum & bass-esque 'Treading Water', the now instantly recogniseable 'Too Close' right through to the ballad 'I Won't Let You Down' there isn't a single weak track. Even the remix of the Prince track 'When Doves Cry' is not only refreshing but, dare I say it, better than the original.

My only concern is that Alex Clare has set the bar extremely high for any follow-up album and hope he doesn't 'do' a Terence Trent D'Arby!!!
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Great CD - all the tracks flow into each other whilst being stylistically different. This is one of those albums that despite being of the usual length - I thought 'Why has it ended so soon?' The album really showcases the varying talents of this really great musician ---- GET IT NOW
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I recently saw Alex Clare play at Queens' May Ball in Cambridge. He easily outshone all of the other acts hands down. His music is easy yet interesting to listen to. He throws in some great beats, lyrics and rhythm to make this album my best purchase of the year. 'Tightrope' and 'Treading Water' are the two tracks that stand out but he slows it down for 'I love you' and his version of 'When Doves Cry'. Its a little bit calmer than Magnetic Man but still keeps a smile on your face. Just try it out and I promise you will love it!
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I bought this album purely based on a comment Adele made in a tv interview that this was her favourite album.
Absolutely agree and totally recommend buying it.
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By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2012
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Much like a male equivalent of Katy B, Alex Clare's style sits firmly on the fence between popular music & dub-step. The Lateness of the Hour is the first album for the London-based lad, but has garnered much more critical attention for the recent use of "Too Close" on a certain internet browser advert which propelled the track up the US Billboard 100 to a respectable #68.

So what's not to like? Well, the entirety of the album is fairly blue, with most of the lyrics bemoaning something -love, life or loss. It's these soulful lyrics that don't actually sit all that well with grime, and the grime isn't even that 'grimy' - it feels a little bit manafactured. Especially given this is his first album (usually an artist has more to say) but we still have a cover of Prince's Doves Cry in the mix.

Alex's voice feels as if it could be better used elsewhere but then he would be contending with the likes of Daniel Merriweather. The most obvious thing that made me feel this way is the track "Hands are Clever" which sticks out like a sore thumb. Not that it's bad, just that it feels completely out of the blue, as the female-backing and horns blare out an uptempo soul-hit. Extremely incongruous given the feel of the album overall vs. this track. Anyhow, I'm not convinced just yet, it feels like he may have been shoehorned into the dubstep genre by A&Rs and popular taste rather than musical stylings, the talent is definitely there and the track "Too Close" is worth a listen on it's own. But overall, an average album.
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Like I'd imagine many people, I bought The Lateness of the Hour on the strength of Too Close being used on the IE9 advert. The small snippet in the advert was enough to entice me and I am exceedingly glad that I took the plunge because this album is an eclectic mix of brilliance.
Obvious, the lead track is Too Close but other noteable tracks are Treading Water, Tightrope and Clare's version of When Doves Cry. That said, all the tracks are very good and would be standouts on albums belonging to more successful artists. Having listened to the album on a number of occasions, I am surprised that Alex Clare was not commercially success in his own right, without needing the link to Microsoft's product.
In conclusion, I would recommend this album to anyone, especially those who paid attention to the IE9 advert.
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I confess that I bought this album on the strength of one track, the excellent 'Too Close'. The rest of the songs here are not in the same style, and though some other tracks are not at all bad, the overall experience is disappointing. I do not agree that the cover of 'When Doves Cry' is as good as some reviewers believe, and will stick with the Prince version. I have made similar mistakes many times before, and keep vowing not to do it again; then obviously breaking that vow!I wish that CD singles were still as common as they once were, and then I would have been happy with 'Too Close'. It is not a bad CD, and Mr Clare has obvious talent, so we will hear from him again, I am sure. Like many before, The Lateness of the Hour just does not live up to the impact of a big-sounding single release. Sorry Alex...
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What an absolutely fantastic album. Usually I have to listen to an album a couple of times to "get into it", but this just blew me away after listening once! Didn't have any idea of who the artist was until I used Shazam to find out the catchy song on an advert ;) but so glad I did.

As other reviewers have mentioned, each song flows into the next but are completely different - not samey as with some other artists - which keeps your attention. Another thing I liked is that you can actually hear the music and his voice unlike the other (noisy assault on your ears) stuff being churned out in the Charts. I will certainly be looking forward to more from Alex.

A definite must-buy album. Highly recommended.
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