|1. Broke Window|
|2. No Poetry|
|5. Something Else|
|7. Boat Song|
|8. Umbilical Town|
|9. The Princess Of Hollywood Way|
|10. Patchwork G.|
|11. Bar Stool|
|12. Mad World (Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules)|
I was expecting to hear a collection of moody piano-based music, but apart from Mad World this is a guitar-based folk rock album. Don't let this put you off though, this is very good indeed. Jules is influenced by a variety of artists, from Bob Dylan (pretty much throughout) to Jethro Tull (the short, but very sweet 'Lucky') by way of Simon & Garfunkel (Broke Window and the stand-out 'Pills').
So, not what I was expecting, but if you like the Mad World cover it's probably because you appreciate good music and, if so, you'll definitely appreciate this. Buy it - it would be a crime if Gary Jules was forever known as 'the bloke off the Donnie Darko soundtrack'.
One of the best things about this album is that it stands up as album on its own, and as background music. If you're a person who likes to have music in the background while you're working or you're engaged in some activity, this is ideal, because the songs are easy enough to slip by you. You will find yourself humming snatches, which is probably the best recommendation a song can have.
My only criticism is that Jules could vary the pace a little. All the songs seem to swing to the same rhythm - sad and easy, happy and easy. A bit of rock wouldn't go amiss.
I had never heard of Gary Jules up until Christmas 2003. Read more
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