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Oh! Mighty Engine

7 July 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Release Date: 7 July 2008
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Brushfire Records
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  • Total Length: 45:45
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  • ASIN: B001KEX2YQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,869 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Halcyon Dick on 21 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's Boxing Day morning. I'm in the kitchen with a mug of strong black coffee, vacantly surveying the surrounding detritus of empty bottles, half-finished wine glasses, screwed-up wrapping paper, and piles of pre-schoolers' toys. I feel the urge to stick on a cd received the day before. Over to Neil Halstead's "Oh! Mighty Engine" and as the first few bars of the opening title track waft over me... whoooaaahh... suddenly I'm cloud-watching, all sun-drenched and blissed out, light years from the festive fallout that surrounds me. Having listened to the album on a weekly, almost daily basis since that revelation, it's that feeling of bucolic warmth that encompasses me still, and that's some feat.

"Oh! Mighty Engine" shows significant progress from Neil's tentative first album "Sleeping On Roads", although with 6 years between the releases, I suppose this is only to be expected. The last album from his day-job-band Mojave 3, 2006's "Puzzles Like You" showed a much more commercial (though occasionally clumsy) take on their airy country-tinged pop sound. "Oh! Mighty Engine", though full of little hooks and subtle pop nous in its own way, seems a direct reaction to that album.

The sound is stripped down yet welcoming: Neil's soft, breathy voice is well to the fore, displaying a depth and familiarity not often heard on Mojave 3 tunes, with the odd gentle mumble here, a whistled `s' there... lovely. His ever present acoustic guitar is occasionally backed by a tender flourish of electric guitar, a gentle rhythm section, maybe the odd plink of keyboard and in this vein the title track, "Paint a Face" and "A Gentle Heart", are three outstanding examples of pastoral folk-pop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Neville on 7 July 2011
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Today, after having this magnificent album on in the car for the best part of two weeks, I decided to come onto Amazon and share my feelings with everybody 'out there', only to find that Halcyon Dick's review, which he was good enough to post twice, says it all (and far more eloquently than I ever could). Quite simply, this is essential.
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It's Boxing Day morning. I'm in the kitchen with a mug of strong black coffee, vacantly surveying the surrounding detritus of empty bottles, half-finished wine glasses, screwed-up wrapping paper, and piles of pre-schoolers' toys. I feel the urge to stick on a cd received the day before. Over to Neil Halstead's "Oh! Mighty Engine" and as the first few bars of the opening title track waft over me... whoooaaahh... suddenly I'm cloud-watching, all sun-drenched and blissed out, light years from the festive fallout that surrounds me. Having listened to the album on a weekly, almost daily basis since that revelation, it's that feeling of bucolic warmth that encompasses me still, and that's some feat.

"Oh! Mighty Engine" shows significant progress from Neil's tentative first album "Sleeping On Roads", although with 6 years between the releases, I suppose this is only to be expected. The last album from his day-job-band Mojave 3, 2006's "Puzzles Like You" showed a much more commercial (though occasionally clumsy) take on their airy country-tinged pop sound. "Oh! Mighty Engine", though full of little hooks and subtle pop nous in its own way, seems a direct reaction to that album.

The sound is stripped down yet welcoming: Neil's soft, breathy voice is well to the fore, displaying a depth and familiarity not often heard on Mojave 3 tunes, with the odd gentle mumble here, a whistled `s' there... lovely. His ever present acoustic guitar is occasionally backed by a tender flourish of electric guitar, a gentle rhythm section, maybe the odd plink of keyboard and in this vein the title track, "Paint a Face" and "A Gentle Heart", are three outstanding examples of pastoral folk-pop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Vernon on 24 Sept. 2008
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If there were any justice in the world sales of this album would be up there with Damien Rice ... etc.

If you like acoustic guitar, mellow tracks and great personal songwriting this is for you - I went to see him live a few days ago without knowing who he was or anything about his music, just thought it might be ok ... well - it was more than ok, it was fantastic !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Conan the Stamp Collector on 11 Feb. 2013
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This a lovely, mellow album ideal for listening to after a hard day.

The overall sound is a cross of Bell and Sebastian with early Cohen mixed with Josh Ritter at his most chilled.

I would highly recommend Neil just because he is talented chap who makes the music he wants to sing.

First rate.
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This is a gentle, mellow enjoyable album that casts its spell both when the sun is shining as well as late at night. It is a relaxed, gentle collection of songs to make your world a better place. Recorded in the States it has a lighter touch than the more recent 'Palindrome Hunches' (which has a more English feel). The American studio influence has added to the laid back charm and the outcome is better for it.
On telling people about Neil Halstead they all say they haven't heard of him. On playing them this album they are glad I did.
Here is another artist that doesn't get the profile he deserves. Make sure you listen to him now and spread the 'word'
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