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Neil Halstead has so far released two solo albums. 2002's 'Sleeping on Roads' on 4AD records and the more whimsical 'Oh Mighty Engine" released 2008 on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire label, with whom he has toured extensively. Both albums expand and draw influence from British and American folk music, new and old ; from Nick Drake , Bert Jaunch and Townes ... Read more in Amazon's Neil Halstead Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 1900)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B00005UCZQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Two stones in my pocket
2. Driving with Bert
3. Hi-lo and inbetween
4. See you on rooftops
5. Martha's Mantra (For the pain)
6. Sleeping on roads
7. Dreamed I saw soldiers
8. High hopes

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While Sleeping On Roads is ostensibly Mojave 3 main man Neil Halstead's debut solo album, there is little to suggest that the singer needed this project, as an excuse to express any previously hidden, musical diversions. Essentially, a pared-down Mojave 3 album, Sleeping On Roads is soaked in the same kind of downbeat whimsy and lovelorn melancholia that Mojave 3 have perfected so well over the course of their three albums. Musically, Halstead has made no bones about his Nick Drake fixation, and so his songs continue to evoke pastoral, dreamy days with gently plucked strings and a voice fragile enough to sound delicately endearing. Horns tremulously sound, occasional a piano tinkles, and Halstead sings gorgeous sad songs, which never fail to emit a slow-burning warmth and grace. "Hi-Lo and In between" is one of the simplest and most affecting songs he's written, and the homespun title track, replete with banjo and slide guitar, is a delightful slice of Americana. High Hopes closes the album with Halstead softly strumming an acoustic guitar and opining "You were beautiful enough to make me stay". No musical frontiers shattered or new ground broken then, but really, you wouldn't want it any other way.--Suzannah Brown

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Webb on 30 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Sleeping on Roads is Neil Halstead's first solo album. First with the unfairly derided Slowdive (their second album still sounds perfect today), then Mojave 3, Halstead has made a succession of startlingly beautiful albums. Sleeping on Roads is no exception. For the uninitiated, the lazy point of reference, as for Mojave 3, is Nick Drake. In many ways this misses the point, and Halstead has a very unique ear for fragile but compelling melodies- this has been a continuous vein through his work even from his Slowdive days. In some ways the songs on Sleeping on Roads have more in common with Halstead's early work - long songs, six over six minutes, slowly and gently building up, although the alt. country guitar sounds of Mojave 3 are still present. Particularly great are Driving with Bert, Dreamed I Saw of Soldiers and See You on Rooftops, the latter featuring a great electronic backing and a curious out-of-tune, out-of-time guitar ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful find, this relaxing, mellow and thought provoking music will be a must have for any intelligent music lover. Sit back, pour a large glass of wine and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Eklöf on 9 Jan. 2002
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For those of you who liked "Prayers For the Paranoid" off the last Mojave 3 album this may well be the best album you've heard. Most of the songs on "Sleeping on Roads" are like that song, a few instruments and brilliantly, almost mumbled, delivered lyrics. The production is sometimes different from what we're accustomed to from this kid, there are vinyl crisps (See You On Rooftops) and dusty tape recording noises (Two Stones In My Pocket) and the former really is the stand out track on this album. Even if you're not a Slowdive/Mojave3 fan, I believe you can enjoy it as a laid back album that grows everytime you listen to it. For the already mesmerized fans - you won't be disappointed...Martha takes the Greyhounds/She said she's lost her Mantras/Way down south. Pray for us/Pray for sunshine.
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By Newman8or on 19 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Certainly worth buying and without a doubt a diamond in the rough. Neil Halstead is a fantastic song writer and its musically very well accomplished but it lacks that extra edge needed to become a must have. I certainly expect Mr Halstead to produce something in the future that will be his defining moment, this isnt quite there but he has the makings of something spectacular in him.....
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Much of the fulsome praise written above I would wholeheartedly agree with. This is a truly fantastic album with sweet and catchy melodies, neat & not-over-elaborate arrangements. A key difference between this and the Mojave 3 albums is the strong presence of keyboards (by his old school mate credited on the album). For those who have heard of neither Neil Halstead nor Mojave 3, this next bit is for you. If you liked the recent records by Coldplay, Travis, Turin Brakes, Starsailor, Elbow (ie the populist new-acoustic, Dad-rock artists) then BUY THIS RECORD! And then buy Excuses for Travelers by Mojave 3. You will love both.
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