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The Graceless Age

John Murry Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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The way to beat fundamentalism is to find yourself interred at a fundamentalist drug rehabilitation facility for eighteen months as a teenager. “I was only on pills for half as long,” says John Murry about the pharmaceutical speed he was given as a “slow” student at his Mississippi high school. “They gave me the pills and then they locked me up when I took them. I ... Read more in Amazon's John Murry Store

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  • Audio CD (30 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rubyworks
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Murry Graceless Age The

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkly brilliant. 19 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
Every now and then an album comes along that blows me away, it doesn't happen all that often anymore but it does still happen and `The Graceless Age' falls firmly into that category. I didn't really know much about John Murry before getting this record but I now feel I know him intimately and through this amazing album I can feel his pain, in the words of Bob Dylan there is definitely blood on the tracks along with sweat, tears and a whole host of other emotions. Right from the opener `The Ballad of the Pajama Kid' with its Pearl Jam meets `Knocking on Heaven's Door' mash up you can just tell this is going to be a special record and there is no better example of his self-confessional approach as the ten minute `Little Colored Balloons' the sparse piano, cello and minimal gospel hues underpin the true story of Murry's heroin overdose, he was dead for several minutes before being revived. It has shades of Jason Spaceman's confessionals on `Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space' but whereas he went grand with big sounds and production Murry is content with a stripped bare approach letting the sordid tale and his cracked and bruised vocal speak for itself. The innocent title refers to the way the drug was dispensed in his home town in coloured balloons. Guitars, strings and Hammond organ are often layered throughout punctuated by sounds clipped from police broadcasts, radio shows and television, distant voices are present but lost in the compositions perhaps reflecting how Murry felt in the world at the time when he was in the throes of his addictions. Lyrically it is deep and dark but musically it can sound like R.E.M., Jim White, Sparklehorse and in its more atmospheric sections not too dissimilar to Smog. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year so far 31 Aug 2012
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I'm not a regular reviewer but I just strongly feel this superb record deserves the widest possible audience. I only picked up on it via a track on a free Cd with Uncut magazine who also gave it a rave. John Murry has clearly had a tough life, but out of his suffering has come this cathartic masterpiece which was four years in the making. The style isn't innovative; it's got a little bit of a country feel but is above all Americana rock which is dripping with anger and hurt. Most importantly the songs are genius. It reminds me of John Grant, or even of some of Springsteen's solo stuff but is even better. Album of the year so far without a doubt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something special 19 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
I too discovered this album via a free track on an Uncut CD, and haven't stopped listening to it since. It's one of the best Lps I've heard this year - dark, brooding American country-folk topped off by Mr Murry's battle-worn voice. A thing of beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting 27 Feb 2014
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I heard this album from a friend who had previously heard one of MY earlier John Murry albums and we both agree how powerfull Mr Murry's song writing is.
The 10 songs on offer here are all haunting and vary in time length somewhat.. my own favourite .. the strangely titled LITTLE COLOURED BALLOONS is a 10 minute beauty/ beast of a song.. it practically bleeds out the lyrics. John certainly knows how to tell a story in his words. He also invents a new music offshoot with this, it sounds like a Prog Folk variation here.
His music also blends the beautiful musical passages with heart breaking words that compliment each other rather well I found too that my head sings his lyrics constantly like they're tattooed there forever. I think that if this fellows music was a movie it would be classed as PG, similar to the effect that THE EXORCIST had in the 70s.. you may even hide behind the couch when playing this too.
I recently attended a gig in Glasgow where John appeared and it was terrific, He played several songs from this album and even the crowd fave Little Coloured balloons. He was surprisingly funny too, he spoke to the crowd between songs and showed a real dry wit along with his sombre words.
My wife was not so impressed with his work = she thought he was unclear with his Southern drawl.. There again, the set was not a happy listen, more a brutal battering of the verbal kind.
He certainly wears his heavy heart on a talented sleeve and I was honoured to later speak to the gentleman and found him very pleasant.
As for this wonderfull CD.... I think it's going to be played often... but a word of warning.. don't play it alone with the lights out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 26 Oct 2013
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I love this album. Rarely have I heard anyone who can convey such emotion through their songs. Little coloured ballons is the stand-out track, and the one I could listen to endlessly. John Murry is a man with the ability to channel every ounce of his feelings about love, life and loss into wonderful, heart-wrenching music. My favourite album of recent years.
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One of the best albums of 2013. In a wider sense you could file under similar categories to John Grant or Kurt Vile but, in my view, John Murry could be the dark horse who will come good. The album draws on Murry's own experiences of love, loss, heartbreak and death - he was technically dead in the back of an ambulance on one occasion during his heavy drug phase, but has thankfully lived literally to tell the tale. Lyrically beautiful, the songs are cut through with some searing guitar work and a great attitude. Standout tracks include Little Colored Balloons, Southern Sky, Things We Lost In The Fire and - my personal favourite - the truly wonderful 'feel' track (with accompanying 'classic'-style lead guitar break!) No te da ganas de reir, Senor Malverde. A stunning album that repays repeated listens - and it's equally good and moody with the lights on or off!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Instant classic album.
Honest,unsparing and charismatic .
And a modest ,funny man.
With deadpan humour. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Grant Duncan McPhee
5.0 out of 5 stars john murry ,vinyl lp
great album by john murry wonderful lyrics and music,americana at its best.on 180 grms it sounds wonderful.if your into Jason isbell jonathan Wilson john hiat would love this
Published 4 months ago by Michael James
3.0 out of 5 stars Music
A bit over-rated by reviewers, this solemn collection shows craft skills and emotional engagement. For me, however, the majority of its contents don't exactly endure in the mind.
Published 6 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Graceless Age John Murray
Excellent album. Introspective, fierce, calm and stirring, it has a subtle pull and tears at the emotions. Beautifully rough around the edges.
Published 6 months ago by JO
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great music in a great album that grows and grows on you with each listening. Go ahead and give your ears a treet.
Published 8 months ago by J Livesey
5.0 out of 5 stars Graceless age
I am not one to go over the top about things but this is some album. i am so glad i brought this. Its probably one of the best albums i have heard this year. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful album
John Murry has produced a truly stunning album of rare beauty, a modern classic and one of the best albums of recent years. He deserves all the success which must surely follow
Published 11 months ago by chipper
5.0 out of 5 stars See him live...
I knew nothing about John Murry until I came across him at the End of the Road festival. Quite simply, the angst and emotion he generated in that live performance blew everybody... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joe Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful,not Graceless!!
Album of the year!!!
Beautiful recording,not Graceless,very Graceful!
Extras also very good. Read more
Published 13 months ago by jon bemment
4.0 out of 5 stars John Murry
After hearing "California" I had to get this album with the bonus disc, and the bonus disc for me is better than the album itself - superb, worth getting for sure.
Published 14 months ago by Yrret M Knott
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