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Stranger Comes to Town

Cockney Rebel Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (25 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B003T8Y93Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harley Hits a New High 3 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is an astonishing work. One that Steve Harley fans probably always suspected he was capable of producing. And, boy, he's more than surpassed their expectations. Honestly? If this album doesn't end up in your top ten list of favourite albums of all time, I'll eat my own socks.

Of course, Harley could not have produced this work all on his own; there's the band to consider. Well, from the deceptively straightforward opening track "Faith and Virtue" to the soaring closing tracks of "Before They Crash the Universe" and the truly spectacular "2,000 Years From Now" the musicians work hard to keep everything tighter than a rusted wing nut.

Not a duff track here; not one. On this album you'll find the subtle and the catchy, the gentle and the harsh - with a few surprises in store, including the plaintive "no hope" of No Bleeding Hearts that will circle in your mind for hours, and the plaintive cry of "Oh No!" that closes this remarkable album.
It's a work that is far more profound and multi-layered - and mysterious - than anything Harley has produced before. It WILL give you goose-bumps, guaranteed.

A truly outstanding album - as somebody else indicated here - for grown-ups.

Drew McAdam
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songwriting doesn't get any better 4 May 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been waiting for this album to land on my doorstep and today it finally did, but not before I'd grown so impatient that I also downloaded it from Amazon the minute it was available. This is a stunning piece of work, with such beautifully crafted lyrics that tear at the heart strings one minute and leave you soaring the next.
It's one of those albums that you don't get right away and each listening reveals a little more layer by layer, until finally the truth of the lyrics are exposed in all their beauty and sincerity. As others have said it's not an immediate 'grab you', like 'Human Menagerie' or 'Psychomodo' but a real slow burner like Harley's amazing 'Timeless Flight' album. Even the most cold heart cannot fail to be touched by the likes of 'This Old Man' or 'No Bleeding Hearts'. I will be listening to this album for months to come.... love it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, edgy and wonderful. 9 May 2010
Format:Audio CD

Steve Harley's first studio album since 2005's excellent 'The Quality of Mercy' does not disappoint. He has created a personal, ambitious and thought-provoking set of 10 brand new songs that boast all the qualities those familiar with his music are well used to - excellent musicianship, unique vocals and poetic lyrics.

Passion, power, intrigue, beauty, subtlety . . . it's all here, but don't expect it to jump up and bite you on first listening. We live in a world of instant gratification and throw away convenience, but this work has not been dumbed down for the X factor masses. No sound bites, no spin, no gimmicks. This is serious song writing. It's a ten course meal without a fast food burger in sight, and it will satisfy anyone with an appetite for quality ingredients and the time to sit at the table.


The opening track 'Faith & Virtue' provides an upbeat and accessible start to the album. 'Take The Men & The Horses Away' keeps up the bright opening tempo, although it's punchy rhythm masks some blunt, bleak lyrics.

Track 3, the intriguingly named 'For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn.', signals a change of pace. It's a song of true beauty, and beautiful simplicity, with the mellow side of Steve Harley's multifaceted voice gently caressing every syllable. Delicate and crystal-clear piano provides perfect punctuation.

Next up is the towering title track 'Stranger Comes To Town', which manages to successfully blend both power and melancholy, and gives a marvelous platform for Harley's unique voice. This is an arresting and brave piece that would not be out of place on a Tom Waits album, yet I doubt even if Waits himself could sing it any better.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Harley - The Songwriter 2 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album is awesome. If you are looking for Make Me Smile 2010 or The Human Menagerie and the Psychomodo revisited, then you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking for thought provoking lyrics and well crafted songs this album is for you. No throwaway pop here.
In common with the first 2 albums already mentioned, the lead guitar is minimal and the words leave you thinking what was that all about. Interesting song titles I thought when the track listing was released.

Steve hinted on Poetic Justice with songs such a `the last time I saw you' and `all in a lifes work' the direction his song writing was going. He continued this with the marvellous Quality of Mercy album. In my #humble# opinion he has delivered a masterpiece of quality music for grown ups, which having turned 50 in April I can relate to. Springsteen deliberated for months about the running order for the Born in the USA album I know with technology that doesn't matter these days, however, I do recommend this album is played from 1 to 10.

Standout tracks - all of them. `This Old Man' is a wonderful companion to `Journey's End'. The title track gives you Steve's voice in all of its glory, with `Bleeding Heart', `Before They Crash The Universe' and `2000 Years From Now' provide a finale that any classic album would be proud to have.

Brilliant. Worth a tenner of anyone's money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stranger Comes 2 Town
A slightly different style for Harley, some excellent tracks with the title track a stand out. Harley's on form with this one.
Published on 5 Feb 2012 by Den Robs
5.0 out of 5 stars Stranger comes to Town
What a piece of work! Poetic lyrics set to beautiful music. If you only remember Steve Harley from 'the old days' I can assure you that he has got better with age. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by tony lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful
For some reason Steve Harley has remained one of the most underrated songwriters.
Yet again with this album he has given us melodic, thoughtful, beautiful songs and wonderful... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2010 by Paul Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Leap of Faith
I bought this on the strength of Steve's 70s stuff with the Rebel, and some compilations since. It takes a few quiet and careful listenings to sink in, but as ever he's got the... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by Sebastian
5.0 out of 5 stars music
as I own all steve harleys records I would have bought it whatever the review and formed my own opinion

I tend to take little notice of any reviews of artists and buy... Read more
Published on 24 July 2010 by W. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Harley at his best
As a devoted follower of Steve Harley since my school days, I have listened to this album constantly since I bought it, as it made an instant impact upon me. Read more
Published on 8 July 2010 by Mrs. V. B. Rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Lyrics up to the usual standard, musicaly a bit the same but over all a good album, glad i got it!
Published on 4 July 2010 by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Harley is back !!
A long time coming but well worth the wait!!
Supporters will love it and non Harley fanatics should give it a couple of listens it really grows on you - should become a... Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Sebastian
4.0 out of 5 stars New Steve Harley album for 2010- Stranger Comes To Town
I bought this album to familiarise myself with steve's latest work as I was to see him at Ipswich. This is an album that really grows on you. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2010 by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebel with cause!
SH, the original Cockney Rebel, just keeps writing, producing, playing great music and singing great songs. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2010 by D. Hollamby
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