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Understated

24 Mar 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Analogue Enhanced Digital Ltd (AED)
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Edwyn Collins under exclusive license to Analogue Enhanced Digital Ltd (AED)
  • Total Length: 40:55
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  • ASIN: B00BGA70O2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,148 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Mar 2013
Format: Audio CD
We probably don't realise how lucky we are to still have the great Edwyn Collins making music like this. Having made a near miraculous recovery from his double stroke in 2005 and returned to recording with the stonkingly brilliant Losing Sleep in 2010, he has now surpassed himself with a collection of songs which are right up there with anything he has done thus far in his illustrious solo career (which has also, of course, included other highpoints such as the Gorgeous George and I'm Not Following You albums). If this album with its vibrant pop music sensibility is a measure of the potential of Analogue-Enhanced-Digital (Collins' own humorously titled label) and his London West Heath Studios, then I am all for it.

For Understated, the great man has eschewed the all-star line-up (and shared composing duties) employed on Losing Sleep and instead has penned all the songs himself (other than the syrupy, but no doubt heartfelt, cover of Rod McKuen's Love's Been Good To Me that closes the album), performing them with the accompaniment of his current regular collaborators such as Paul Cook, Sebastian Lewsley, Sean Read, Dave Ruffy, James Walbourne, Barry Cadogan, etc . Given the album's rather muted title, it is perhaps not surprising (on a number of songs) to find Collins in quite a reflective lyrical mood.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By belvoirman on 5 April 2013
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After his near fatal death experience and critically acclaimed comeback album Losing Sleep , he has now produced another life affirming album. Many of the songs have a classic Motown or Stax sensibility sounding as if they could have been produced in the 1960's, and are generally up-tempo. He has a new band of supporting musicians, and inevitably with his literally new lease of life some of the songs dwell on his recent personal circumstances. 31 Years reflects on his time and career as a working musician, while Dilemna ponders on what is the point of his life. However, it is not a melancholy or maudlin collection, his voice is on fine form, and it is a further addition to his fine series of previous albums. Carry On ,Carry On seems to be a take on how people in the street respond to his current physical state. I had the good fortune to see him in live performance for the first time a couple of years ago, and despite his more limited physical ability his ongoing enthusiasm for music and commitment to making the best of his new condition shone through really strongly. He deserves to be better known, applauded and loved by a wider audience, and this latest album strengthens his position as a cherished elder statesman of UK pop and soul, good one Edwyn,well done!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 25 Mar 2013
Format: Audio CD
Edwyn Collins proves that he is worth every ounce of the praise that has been heaped on him in recent years. He has always been a great singer and song writer and here he come up trumps again. There are so few musicians that can cut through all the music industry nonsense these days and come out sounding so original and true to themselves as Edwyn Collins, still fewer who were bog in the early 1980s that can do more than milk the nostalgia bandwagon. Edwyn proves here that he is current and relevant with an album that doe not have a dud amongst the 11 songs on it. well done Edwyn!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By testedonpencils on 14 May 2013
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Understated seems to be an odd title for an album of alternative rock tunes, with punky basslines and fuzzy guitar solos, but on repeated listens I've realised it appropriate. Everyone of these tunes has a storyteller's touch, clever writing informed by life experience and an eye for odd little details of life that perhaps only matter to people who have missed them. Sometimes the stories are ambiguous. I still can't figure out what happened to that graphic artist aged 19 who became a singer `of sorts.' The protagonist of the title song is so understated he only hints at some event in the past. Or maybe it's an attempt to capture the whole of a life's experience in a short description, and marvel at how ineffective that is. Or maybe it just sounds good. Yes, definitely that last one.

It is hard not to see this album through the lens of Edwyn Collin's recent illness (and inspiring recovery,) especially when so many of the lyrics deal with hope, living in the now, being grateful for what you have, staving off bitterness, the comfort of art and doing what you love. But why shouldn't those themes apply to all of us. The healthy and able need that comfort and perspective as much as anyone, though we often don't see it. Stopping and taking joy in the little things is a practice much recommended by the poets, as the protagonist does in Carry On, Carry On, where a polite conversation in the street becomes a meditation on the simple joys of life. "What a nice day Sir. How about you Miss?"

All of the original songs are excellent and though I was less enamoured with the cover of Love's Been Good To Me, it ends the album on a satisfying note. In the album opener, the punchy Dilemma, the vocals are allowed to become sketchy with the final refrain of `Over and over and over...
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