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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B00004YYY6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Cut Her hair
2. End Of The World News (Dose Me Up)
3. 2nd Law
4. Bloodless
5. Draw Down The Stars
6. One More Mile
7. The Boy With the Bubblegun
8. Hidden Camera Show
9. A & B Song
10. Language Of Fools
11. Untitled
12. Sao Paulo Rain
13. I Ain't Scared Of Lightning

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Tom Mcrae

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In music there are entertainers, pioneers and thinkers. Tom McRae is most definitely a thinker. His self-titled debut album is a neatly laid out collection of those issues that most concern him: life, people's attitudes and society's flaws, masterfully dissected and examined in intimate detail with only tentative acoustic guitars and the occasional string quartets. This is the sound of a loner, a misfit observing from the outside a world that he neither understands nor particularly likes. From "End Of The World News" ("Driving in your fabulous car/listening to the music that reminds you/you used to be young") to the damning "Bloodless" ("We're the oil in this machine/and this machine is going wrong"), his morbid observations, delivered with passion and confidence, are astute, logical and a little too much to handle all at once. But McRae, for all his disturbing bouts of realism, knows how to write a touching tune, a tear jerking melody and a gorgeously simple song, and thinking aside, it's these ingredients that make his debut album mesmerising. --Dan Gennoe

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Fox on 20 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
Now, this is really something special. It has to be said that there are just too many cheap, pop-orientatied solo artists around these days. But one good thing about this is that it makes decent artists like Tom McRae shine like gold. I've had the album for about six months, but even up until today (when I decided to offer a review of the album to Amazon), I still find myself sitting down with my guitar and attempting to play along with the wonderful songs. There is something in the music here that is at the same time touching as it is harrowning. Some of the lyrics and the singing is so sad, that it can actully feel colder in the room you're sitting in. I've yet to hear Tom McRae live, but at the nearest opportunity, I will.
The spooky and simple first track, 'You Cut Her Hair', is a good indication of the mood for the rest of the album, even though no two songs are alike. If the album had started with the more up-beat second track (and single) 'End Of The World News', then the album may have had a deceptive beginning, and the other songs could even be less approachable than they are. 'End Of The World News' is a good song for a hit single, but it's the only one of it's kind on here. Songs like 'One More Mile' are emotional songs of epic proportions, harking back to stuff like Jeff Buckley (remember him?). Other songs such as 'Bloodless' and 'The Boy With The Bubblegum' are strong, hard songs held together by nothing more than McRae's piercing voice. Beautiful and fearful. My personal favourite on the labum is 'Untitled', which just fills me with imagery of loss and passion, even if the meaning may be lost on me. I don't know.
I must say that between me and friends who have heard the album, there have been mixed responses.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By bigstein7@hotmail.com on 19 Dec 2000
Format: Audio CD
Watching Later with Jools Holland recently (admitedly to see the rather dissapointing performance from Badly Drawn Boy)I was spellbound by this folk singer who just did the one song on the show. That was all it took though, I went out the following day and bought this album, and was stunned by the content.
Simple acoustic guitar and haunting vocals are beautifully combined with flanged and distorted orchestration, making this one tight and atmospheric recording.
Choice listening on this album has to be the ultimately melancholy "End of the World News (Dose Me Up)", bringing in the con of religion against the world as we know it. Also, the haunting "Bloodless", telling the tale of presumption and unrequaited love. Lyrics like this make perfect sence, this man has lived and learnt and is not scared to pass on his knowledge.
This is a must in any music fan's collection as it demonsrates better than most the sheer brilliance of simplisity. Be warned about content though, Steps this ain't. But melancholy is the way that good music has always been, why change that. Tom McCrae - I tip my hat to you sir. Mesmarising.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
Other Reviewers have described more eloquently than I could Tom's passion, song-writing, talent and the haunting beauty of his music. Words that spring to mind would be seductive cello parts, angelic singing, soaring performance and soul-searching lyrics.
This is music to slit your wrists to.
That's no bad thing but it's worth pointing out the unrelenting melancholy intermingled with the beauty.
I'd always thought that this was my favourite album of the three he's written (and I think it remains so) but I've realised that these songs take a while to sink in. With a good deal of play, and having seen Tom a few times, almost all these songs have become surging anthems to be sung along to rather than simply admired from the other end of a pair of earphones. The other two albums are starting to have the same effect.
Buy this CD and it'll become a part of you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom on 21 Jan 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is probably the best thing I came across, music wise at least, when I was at University. These are simple elegiac songs without fancy production or overt pretension. McRae clearly sings from the heart and this come across in all thirteen of the songs here.
Unlike many of his whiny peers McRae never becomes self pitying and if he sings of social alienation then it is a deliberate exile. He manages to brilliantly convey the feeling of being lost in a society that has itself lost its way. His critique is at its most devastating in End of the World News and Bloodless but the tone persists throughout. He offers no solution and lays no blame, simply documenting the way so many of my generation feel about the world today.
However it is the songs themselves and particularly the excellent and poetic lyrics that set this album apart. The truly great thing is that on first listen it seems like an alright album with a couple of standout tracks. However over the year or so that I've had this album my favourite songs have kept shifting until they've covered pretty much every track (Language of Fools and Draw Down the Stars being the only exceptions but I guess I'll get there). Every song is a shining example of how good the whole singer/songwriter thing can be when its stripped to its bear bones.
The album also reminds you how genuine talent so often gets passed over. I just hope the follow up is anywhere near as good.
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