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  • Audio CD (23 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ryko
  • ASIN: B001QITO1Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. What Do I Do Now 3:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. This I Know 3:37£0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. Too Much 2:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Sarah 3:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. More 4:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. The Suitcase Song 4:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. Won't Let You Go 3:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. Need Me Less 3:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. Heaven's My Home 4:11£0.89  Buy MP3 
10. The Here And The Now 3:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
11. Chillin' 3:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
12. Ain't Love Somethin' 4:28£0.89  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yes the 80`s were best! on 18 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I came to Sam and Ruby through a website called "DirectMusic", where I have discovered other gems.The site is mainly devoted to "Americana" and showcases some great new talent. Which brings me to this c.d.It is fantastic, soulful, full of actual melodies performed by two great artists.
To me it seems to effortlessly blend R&B, Soul, Pop,Country and probably much more.
I love it and would say on the evidence of this Sam and Ruby should be huge and wont be a secret for long.
I know all reviews are subjective and everybody has different tastes but I urge you to give it a try.I like a broad range of music from 80`s electronic to Americana to electronica to folk e.t.c. e.t.c.
Give it a listen you might just like it. I hope so.
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By Mr. H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The duo of Sam Brooker and Ruby Amanfu have been making waves and attracting plaudits over in the North American colonies, and now it's our turn to hear what, if anything, the fuss is about.

To be honest, a lot of the music would fall into the world off overly earnest Americana were it not for a couple of things. One is the exceptionally listenable vocals of Mr Sam and Ms Ruby, and the other is the utterly splendid arrangements, which lift the more mundane material onto a higher plane.

But when it all comes together as it does on 'Too Much', 'The Suitcase Song' and 'Heaven's My Home', then it's well worth all the praise that's been coming its way. Best of all is the closing couplet of 'Chillin' and 'Ain't Love Somethin', two songs that venture into the mythical American music of The Band, and end up worthy companions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant and Bland 14 Sept. 2009
By G. E. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
When I popped this into the CD player in my truck I was all smiles and bopping along to the wonderful beginning of the album, a very cool Jazzy R&B vibe, that unfortunately for me didn't hold all the way throughout.

The beautiful Ruby has vocals which work very well at the cool jazz genre' can't quite hold up under any kind of power. The middle of the album kind of melts into a Country Vibe, and Ruby comes off as Dolly Parton's weaker sister. In the future, I hope they play more to her strengths.

But.... Here's the deal.

What works well on this album really works well. For starters, the musicians playing on the album are amazing, really from start to finish, all the music is remarkable, especially the Cello, which I don't normally associate with pop music, but here it adds such an amazing richness, I was really pleased. Another thing is the songwriting; it is really very good, for instance "Chillin' with you" towards the end of the CD, is destined to be a popular theme song for a future movie or TV show, it is a pop master piece(at least to me).

So...

This is an album that starts out great and ends great with some less than great stuff in the middle, but overall it is an album I am happy to have, and I think you will be as well.

3 ½ *
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Pleasant 26 Aug. 2009
By B. Niedt - Published on Amazon.com
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You have to wonder whether Sam Brooker and Ruby Amanfu have a Tuck-and-Patti thing going on - they'd be a cute couple, and certainly are that at least musically. Unlike the jazzy Tuck and Patti, though, they work more in a country/pop framework, and they have sweet-as-honey voices that harmonize very well. Their songs, while sometimes simplistic and clichéd lyrically, are melodically polished and get their point across effectively, with their often bittersweet love themes. There aren't any real "standout" songs, though - I don't see any of them becoming a big radio hit. It's all very sincere and heartfelt, if not groundbreaking music, the kind you could play for your mom on Sunday morning. I don't mean to sound snarky, really - it's well-done, romantic, and easy on the ear, and we all need a bit of that once in a while.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Here and Now...But For How Long? 25 Aug. 2009
By David Cady - Published on Amazon.com
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If I were a friend of Sam and Ruby's and saw them in a club, I'd probably like them well enough to think, "These guys are good, they should have a recording contract." But then I'd also probably be under the influence of a beer buzz. In the sober light of day, their music -- while certainly accomplished -- isn't particularly distinctive. The melodies are often simple (sometimes simplistic), the lyrics undistinguished...when they're not downright cringeworthy. "I need more than a casual dating life" has to be one of the clunkiest lines I've heard in a long time (there has to be a more poetic and/or simpler way of expressing the thought); and in "The Suitcase Song" (a song narrated by...well, a suitcase), the lyric "I'll carry on," while meant to be clever, just lands with a precious thud. Sam & Ruby sing just fine: he's a Teddy Geiger/Adam Levine blend, she's Norah Jones meets Corinne Bailey Rae -- but come on, I'd much rather listen to any one of them any day of the week.

Ultimately stultifying and bland, "The Here and Now" is unlikely to establish Sam and Ruby now and forever.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A few goodies, a lot of baddies 17 Sept. 2009
By Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Amazon categorizes this CD as "Pop" but really it's a mixture of Norah Jones productions with a young Reba McEntire impersonator on vocals. Which, generally speaking, sounds like something that would be right up my alley. And the first two tracks are. "What Do I Do Now?" and "This I Know" are two brilliantly sung and expertly delivered tracks that I enjoyed very much. They have a breathy country air to them behind soft beats that soothe the body into a peaceful place.

Unfortunately after that the tracks turn so bland that your mind tunes them out like the constant hum of the air conditioner. "Need Me Less" is beyond boring, while the title track "The Here and the Now" is the highlight of the worst songs, with an everywhere production and vocals that never quite make the right pitch.

Save your money, buy Tracks 1 and 2 from the mp3 store but don't bother with the whole CD.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
'There Here and Now' Is Just Average 26 Aug. 2009
By Antoine D. Reid - Published on Amazon.com
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After listening to Sam & Ruby's "The Here and the Now" I have to say that it was just okay. It's easy listening, a mix between country, folk with a dash of acoustics. It's coffee shop music; very light, background music that isn't very distracting but isn't very distinctive, either. With so many artist today relying too much on special effects like auto tune and synthesizers and other tricks to spice up their music, it was nice not hear that on 'The Here and the Now'.

The Good: I enjoyed the simplicity of the music. The instrumentals are simple guitars, piano and some strings, making the entire release a rather laid-back, easy going, good vibes release. Sam and Ruby's voices do not sound as if they've been overly processed, giving the music a more authentic feeling.

The Bad: All of the tracks have the same sound. To me, it made everything blur together and no one track stood out amongst the others. It made the release just okay for me. In this case, I think some experimentation with styles could have benefited the release because in the end, I felt as if I was listening to the same song, simply re-worked and re-tweaked and placed to a slightly different musical track. This made the listening experience drawn out and a bit dull.

In all, it's okay, but I don't see any track on this releasing making this group a big hit. If you're looking for laid-back, easy listening music, this will suit your needs. Otherwise, I'd pass it by.

Tracks To Listen To: 'Too Much', 'The Suitcase Song', 'More'
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