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The Art Of Doing Nothing [Deluxe Edition]

Mark Owen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00CM5OGJ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Giveaway
2. The One
3. Stars
4. Carnival
5. Animals
6. Us & Ours
7. Heaven's Falling
8. Raven
9. S.A.D. Featuring Ren Harvieu
10. End Of Everything
11. Ghost
12. Morning Belle
13. The Lamb
14. Stars (Matrix & Futurebound Remix)
15. Stars (Matrix & Futurebound Dub Remix)

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The Art Of Doing Nothing is Mark Owen’s fourth solo album and most collaborative today, and his first since Take That reunited in 2006. Recorded in The Rabbit Hutch--the studio at the bottom of Owen's garden--the album features the tracks "Stars", "S.A.D." (featuring Ren Harvieu) and "Heaven's Falling" (featuring London rapper Jake Emlyn).

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new album from Mark! 10 Jun 2013
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Just under a year ago, as I was reviewing Mark Owen's past three solo albums, I commented that the quality of his music without Take That was so good that I just wished he'd release more - and here it is.

'The Art Of Doing Nothing' is Mark's first album in eight years, and ultimately his most accomplished, experimental to date. He has taken a considerably different direction from his Britpop styled debut 'Green Man' and the indie rock album 'In Your Own Time (a masterpiece), and here is a set of ten impressive, fresh sounding, guitar-based pop tracks. With choruses which sound like songs from a Coldplay album ('Raven' in particular), this is a great album for relaxing, and Mark's unique vocals make for an even more enjoyable listen. I had heard the single 'Stars' a few months ago, and was instantly impressed, as soon as I played the album's haunting opening track 'Giveaway', followed by 'The One', I knew that this could possibly be Mark's best solo record to date. It's different to the rest, but it's a great new direction to go. As always, Mark proves himself to be an excellent songwriter. Roll on the next album!

I have never really been into the music of Take That all that much, but Mark's solo material has always appealed to me. It is inevitable that some people out there will ridicule the news of a new Mark Owen release, but don't knock someone until you've heard what they are capable of. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, wow, WOW. 4.5 Stars 11 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD
Hopefully this review will help UK customers as well:

Okay, full disclosure: I am a TT/Mark Owen fan and have been so for about a year. I thought his first solo venture, Green Man, was decent and the follow up "In Your Own Time" was much better. "How The Mighty Fall" was probably his best so far. I was extremely excited that Mark's new album is here in the US in mp3 form! I listened to this album three times to properly review it.

REVIEW: "The Art of Doing Nothing" blows all three of Mark's previous albums out of the water for songwriting, song content and lyrics. The lead single "Stars" is a great introduction to the new sound, which could be described as anthemic pop to indie pop. There is a lot more production on the songs ("Giveaway," "Stars" and "Heaven's Falling" being prime examples) but the synthesizers and string sections complement Mark's unique voice perfectly.

The songs are deep in content ("Stars" touches on self identity, and "Giveaway" declares that "When we fall/Got to give it all away") but are generally what would be considered more uptempto pop music. It's definitely an album that needs to be listened to multiple times because it will grow on you. If you like Florence and the Machine and like artists, there's a high chance that you'll enjoy this.

It is evident that much thought has been put into the project from Mark and his team. For someone who described the project as a "self help album" more than anything else, Mark Owen has created a listenable album of substance that will likely be around for years to come.

Highlights: "Stars" "Raven" "The One"

Artwork of Mark's album done by "WhatKatieDrew"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 10 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD
This album is well worth the wait,I couldn't wait to get it and have had it pre ordered for ages.
It has some cracking songs in it,roll on the glasgow gig on Sunday!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 13 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD
Mark Owen's previous solo album 'How the Mighty Fall', released shortly before Take That got back together was one of my favourite albums of the year. This album is on a par with that one after a couple of listens although maybe it lacks the previous albums quirky variety. 'Stars' is a particularly wonderful track. I'd certainly recommend this to fans of good pop music and certainly not just fans of Take That. Mark has turned into a really good song writer over the years and there are some great lyrics and imaginative imagary on show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Doing Nothing... 13 July 2013
Format:Audio CD
So, Mark Owen's back with his fourth solo effort, and too right, because his solo alias has been locked away for too long. The experimental "Green Man", to the pure pop "In Your Own Time", and the more man-band style of "How the Mighty Fall" was a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions. So, for me, "The Art of Doing Nothing" couldn't of come sooner. And it certainly doesn't dissappoint.

GIVEAWAY: "Giveaway" is a slow, suttle ballad, with hints of electronica, combined with a thumping, anthemic drum beat. An angelic, robotic-ish tone on the chorus is the clincher. Although the song doesn't really go anywhere vocally, it's instrumental-vocal touch is enough to earn it the stars. **4 out of 5** THE ONE: "The One" is the track you can imagine as being as the crowd-pleaser at a stadium event, with hints of "Hold Up a Light" combined with a two-tone vocal arrangement. Aside from "Stars", it's probably my favourite track on the album, perhaps due to the fact it would fit right in on a Take That album. **5 out of 5** STARS: "Stars" is sultry, deep and dark. For a lead single, it's a mixture somewhere between Coldplay and Muse, and although vocally doesn't stretch Mark to heights, it's strong enough to stay stuck in your head for a week. And watching it with the music video is perhaps the perfect accompaniment. **5 out of 5** CARNIVAL: "Carnival" is that unique, unidentifiable masterpiece that doesn't really fit into any category - it's bass riff simuliases me in somewhere like Jamaica, dancing on the beach to the sound of bongos and tamborines. And then the drum kicks in - and brings it right back home.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 9 days ago by sheena
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album, bought it a little late but it was better then I anticipated
Published 25 days ago by maria
3.0 out of 5 stars Songs are good - voice is a bit wearing
Mark Owen writes surprisingly good songs - the only problem here is that he sings them. While his singing works in a group - it simply is not good enough for a whole solo album -... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ian Ballantyne
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
It's great background music but it's not his best work. I'm a huge Markie fan but i don't feel like blasting these song's to do my housework or drive a long to. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, really nice sound and atmosphere
This is a really good mix of different types of tracks, mixing styles and genres here and there too. Read more
Published 6 months ago by @thewishatree
4.0 out of 5 stars 'TAODN' is proof that Mark Owen's music and artistry is truly...
Mark Owen proves that he's more than just a pretty face from the UK pop group Take That. His solo music has always been far from sounding like the catchy dance tunes he did with... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melissa Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT (after half a year of listening)
Melodies, lyrics, feel! I love all of it!
Out of TT's BIG THREE, with their albums out the same year, TAODN is my second favourite, right after Gary's 'Since I Saw You Last'... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ivan
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album!!
What a fantastic find! If your a mark fan it is a must! It's a thoughtful beautiful cd, you candance to it or just chill and enjoy it my favorite of the year!
Published 7 months ago by anjanette e james
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Doing Nothing
I loved the music, the presentation of this CD in booklet form and the illustrations which were quite quirky and summed up the Art of Doing Nothing
Published 8 months ago by Henny Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark's album!
I love this album! It's fantastic! I have been waiting patiently for a new Mark Owen album and it was well worth the wait! I especially love 'Raven' and 'Carnival'. Read more
Published 8 months ago by L. Paterson
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