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I Never Thought This Day Would Come

Duke Special Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Duke Special is an artist aptly named. Dynamic, musically ambitious & bracingly eccentric, with his inimitable style and lush musicality. Hailing from Belfast with a sound that is self-confessed “hobo-chic”, Duke Special - AKA the endlessly inventive Peter Wilson - is once heard, never forgotten. Blissfully at home in his own alluring genre of beautifully bruised romanticism, ... Read more in Amazon's Duke Special Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music
  • ASIN: B001I3RVVO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
2. Sweet, Sweet Kisses
3. Those Proverbs We Made in the Winter Must End
4. Diggin\x{2019} an Early Grave
5. I Never Thought this Day Would Come (and Now it Won't Go Away)
6. Why Does Anybody Love?
7. Flesh and Blood Dance
8. If I Don\x{2019}t feel it
9. Let Me Go (Please, Please, Please!)
10. By the Skin of my Teeth
11. Nothing Comes Easy
12. Nothin\x{2019} You Could do Could Bring Me Around

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BBC Review

Duke Special - Peter Wilson to his wife and children - is a Belfast-based singer-songwriter who enjoys a good deal of popularity in his native Ireland without yet having quite won over an international audience. This album (his third) was released in his homeland last year, but now it's crossed the Irish sea in search of approval from UK audiences. It's a close run thing as to whether his blend of oddball pop will find a place in our hearts.

Wilson sings and plays piano and incorporates a strong sense of vaudeville into his material - the vaudeville element comes through in a jaunty sense of music making, a willingness to play up the absurd and goofy, choruses that encourage audience singalongs and a very visual and quite ridiculous quality to it. All of which is good - the last thing the world needs is another po-faced singer-songwriter - and Duke Special conveys a real sense of entertainment across this CD.

But . . . but who is this album aimed at? Several listens don't suggest Duke Special is very certain himself. There's the influence of Rufus Wainwright - the archness and camp playfulness - yet Wainwright is a much more distinctive talent. And while Duke Special can create a big, rolling chorus (actually, many of the songs appear to consist of little other than big, rolling choruses) that does not make for much more than a pub singalong. The more personal songs - such as Why Does Anybody Love? - recall Elton John's 1980s work. Yet they lack the voice, melodic gift and lyrical tautness of the best Elton material. This is big statement stuff but there's not yet enough concentration in the craft to guarantee the hits that he so obviously craves.

Duke Special's an odd one; mainstream yet offbeat. Perhaps what we have here is the Irish Meatloaf. --Garth Cartwright

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now That's what I call music .... 25 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
I bought Songs From The Deep Forest on the basis of a 4-star review in Q. Leafing through the various music magazines this past few weeks, I have yet to read a single review of his new album. Needless to say there are plenty of reviews of the new Girls Aloud album etc etc, but you'd think there would be room to review an album as outstanding as this. This is another 4-star album. The first time I heard it I thought it was way inferior to Deep Forest. Now after 5 listens, it stands comparison easily. Brilliant melodies, funny lyrics, great playing. Duke Special is hugely talented - but I get the impression that he will never be anything more than a cult artist. Shame, the guy is better than 99% of the stuff in the charts.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome - another great album from Duke Special 31 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
Great melodies, intelligent lyrics and a couple of real stand-out songs that you can't help but sing along to! (Especially 'Why does anybody love' and 'Let me go')

No more to say really: if you're a fan of the Duke and enjoyed his last album then picking this up is a no-brainer. If you've stumbled across this album in some other way, get it anyway - it's an absolute gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from the Duke 8 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
More wonderful music from Duke Special. Just gets better every time I hear it. This is one hard working guy and he has sure come up trumps with this one. It's an amazing album to hear live too! Duke is hugely talented and original, he's comfortable doing what he likes best and you can tell when you hear the wonderful lyrics, music and humour coming through, he really deserves to be highly successful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I never thought this day would vome 17 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
Love it..every home should have one! This album takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and is definitely a real grower. I did enjoy it first time through but now it is rarely off the cd player. If you are looking for something fresh and different this is it. Duke is indeed special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duke Does it again! 29 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
This may not fight it out for album of the year in the mainstream press, but for those few who give it the chance it deserves it is a grower from start to finish. While not as immediate as his earlier work, this album delivers favourably compared to the Duke's mesmeric live performances. The previous reviewer who wanted more reworked songs from old EPs hang your head in shame. This is progression and it is what any true fan would wish to hear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From Duke to King 29 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
Here we have the eagerly awaited follow-up to the infectious 'Songs From The Deep Forest'. Once again, Duke and his merry lot do not disappoint. The opening track 'Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck' is beautiful and dark, whilst the second track, and first single 'Sweet,Sweet Kisses' is uplifting and fun. There seems to be a lot more fun had on this album and most songs will have the listener bouncing along with the infectious melodies that are part and parcel of the Duke Special show. Standout tracks for me are 'Those Proverbs We Made In The Winter Must End', 'I Never Thought This Day Would Come' and 'By The Skin of My Teeth'. I buy alot of music and sometimes you come across an album that you are just glad you bought (given the amount of duds out there today). For me, in 2008, this is the album! Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Never Thought This Day Would Come 24 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
I disagree with the above review; this album is not comparable to the twee pop records around currently, it is much better than that. There is still the wit and lyricism, the slightly vaudevillian sound that is to be expected from a Duke Special record. However, there does seem to be something missing and I think this is because the sound of the album is far different from much of 'Songs From the Deep Forest', it's not as homely and welcoming. The sound is more stripped down (at least compared to SFtDF - there's still a lot going on!) and sounds sparser in the arrangments, which I find strange as I had the privelege of seeing the band with orchestra backing recently and the songs sounded brilliant with the full complement of strings.
The result is a record that doesn't have quite the same impact as the first, with the songs seeming a little more detached, more like a collection of songs than a cohesive album. Having said that, there is still much to enjoy on the album, such as the beautiful 'Why Does Anybody Love' or the upbeat first single 'Sweet Sweet Kisses' (which sounds a little like 'Portrait'). Quite a few of the songs are piano ballads, much like the album opener, and some of the others remind me a little of Van Morrison. By the Duke's high standards the album may seem a little disappointing, but it's still enjoyable and I think it's an album that will grow with more listens. 3.5 stars.
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