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Until the Traffic Stops [CD]

Alex Cornish Audio CD
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Alex Cornish’s debut album ‘Until The Traffic Stops’ - written, played, sung and produced in his Edinburgh bedroom by the self-confessed “complete fucking control freak” – has provoked the kind of tips and plays that any major-label release would beg for. 5 weeks on the Radio 2 playlist, sessions for Radio 2 (Dermot O’Leary), 6 Music, XFM, a song ... Read more in Amazon's Alex Cornish Store

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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bellevue
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,552 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine talent, great album 1 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have both the original album, and this re-released version. It is of the highest quality considering it is predominantly recorded in a bedroom studio.

There are no fillers in this album, just songs of great lyrical quality and content, and backed up by orchestration that is well beyond what may be expected from such a modest set up. Melanchly songs about love, loss and wanting to leave the city behind all contribute to this gem. Songs such 'My Word What a Mess', 'Scotland the Brave' and 'Until the Traffic Stops' are stand outs for me, but that is not to suggest that the rest of the songs aren't as great.

The good news is also that Alex has a load of new songs being played on tour, showing that this album is just a taster. This is no one-trick pony, and he's a nice bloke too.

Buy this album. Support this artist. Catch him live.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Debut 12 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
ALEX CORNISH Until The Traffic Stops
Bellevue Records
I've been intending to write my review of this album for months. The fact that I have not done so is not from lack of interest. Quite the contrary is the actual case. To be honest my wife found this debut CD from Edinburgh based singer songwriter Alex Cornish and it has proved to be a family favourite ever since. In attempting to describe what you will find within the ten tracks I have to say there is an atmosphere that, just at times, makes you think of Coldplay, Keane, Rufus Wainwright and perhaps a little Tom Baxter. However Alex has not cloned the sound of these artists, this is very much his creation. The album opens with the title track and you are captured and intrigued by a French Horn and string arrangement that is haunting and sets the mood for the album. When the vocals cut in at 1'40" followed by the big, but never over the top production, you will understand why I have put Alex up with the others. Several tracks are fairly lengthy 'Same Ride Same Way', 'The Trouble I Am' and the wonderful closer 'Untied' for example however you do not get the idea that they're long just for the sake of it. There is a definite structure to these songs. Many are observational; not perhaps your usual clutch of love songs and Alex delivers them like a man on a passionate mission to engage you in his ideas and music. The whole package works very well indeed.
Graeme Scott
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cornish cream ! 25 Feb 2008
By Arthur Dooley VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I came to this through the BBC series 'Wainwright's Walks'. I found the incidental music quite alluring in a misty ,ambient, chill-out sort of way.
Checking out the composer Alex Cornish...I found myself on his web page and MySpace page where four rather fine tracks were waiting for me.
Taking a chance on an album by a 23 year old Edinburgh Indie musician who had made 'When the traffic stops' in his bedroom....very punk!...I am delighted to say that despite it not sounding one iota like the Wainwright music. It is nevertheless a work of quality.
With ten vocal tracks rather than instrumentals on the album.I have to say that 'traffic' sounds so much like a lost Coldplay album. Alex even sounds like Chris Martin. The final 8 minute track 'Untied' is pure Coldplay at their anthemic best.
If there's any fault with the album it lies with it's total re-invention of a standard musical genre rather than an experimental journey by a composer looking to plough his own furrow.
Until then, Alex at least providies us with a work of substance and entertainment.
A fine start to a young songwriting career.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sleeper album destined for rerelease 12 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is surely going to be one of those albums that is rereleased when public appreciation reaches critical mass. We have some cracking tunes here, all set against beautiful, multi-textured instrumentation. The lyrics aren't bad either. Frankly, this album passes rusty water over the bog-standard indie- T-shirt nonsense we have to suffer on a daily basis. Alex Cornish is very talented singer-songwriter, whose time must come.
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I saw Alex supporting Tom McRae (another hugely misunderstood and under-rated British singer-songwriter talent...) and thought he was ace, so I went and saw a headline gig a couple of weeks later. The guy is a star.

As a debut album recorded in a spare bedroom, this is a work of art. There are no fillers, and the mixing and production quality is perfect. 'Scotland the Brave' is one of my favourite tracks, but it shares this mantle with most of the other tracks on this album. The title track 'Until the Traffic Stops' is beautifully written, and is written in response to a sad incident. The video for this track is worth taking a look at. It's simple and effective.

Take a look on Alex's myspace page and listen to a couple of the tunes. Then buy the album. Share it with a friend and ask them to buy it too.

The album is currently being prepared for re-release in 2009, and it deserves to be very successful. Alex is a nice bloke and doesn't get the credit his talent deserves. If the great British public would just give this a listen instead of spending time on 'reality TV', false celebrity and short-shelf life pop acts, the world would be a better place.

More power to your creative elbow Mr.Cornish.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper hit? 15 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've never written a review before, but this deserves it. My most-listened-to album of the year so far and I still can't quite figure out why - maybe it's because there is an insidious nature to it all (in the positive sense of the word). Whether or not the back-story of his flight from City job to Edinburgh bedsit is all it seems, the music stands up on its own. This is a quality production with great songs and arrangements, which sometimes threaten to have everything but the kitchen sink thrown in (horns, violins, piano, percussion, guitar) but then pull back just before that happens. Stand-out tracks for me are This One's for You, My Word What a Mess, The King of Hearts and Untied and as they generally a while to build the Amazon clips don't do them justice.

Having heard Alex on Dermot O'Leary and then seen him live with his band I can't figure out why this hasn't taken off more. Maybe a slow burn a bit like Damien Rice's 'O'? A bit curmudgeonly maybe, but one star deducted as this is a re-release of sorts and there is other material that could have been added as extras which I had to download from his website (for free though, and once done that makes it an even better album).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning album
I came across Alex Cornish completely by accident whilst listening to Last fm one day and his soulful voice immediately caught my attention. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Moags
5.0 out of 5 stars Alex Cornish
First heard Alex on Radio 2 Dermot O'Leary's show two years ago.
Wonderful voice, very talented musician.
I have seen him play live twice and have become a huge fan. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2009 by J. Spicer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I bought this because a friend of mine recommended it to me. I didn't really know what to expect, but what I have got is an album of the highest quality, by a hugely talented... Read more
Published on 12 May 2009 by RickGreenwich
3.0 out of 5 stars Thirteen senses
When I heard the single what a mess where in ,,, I really thought it was the Cornish Band
Thirteen Senses ,, Maybe he is not Scottish after all and this a solo album under a... Read more
Published on 2 May 2009 by Mr. Clive Winter
5.0 out of 5 stars "Genius" could be the correct description
Just listen to it and all will become clear. Even upon a first listening I was struck by the exceptional quality of the songwriting, especially the stunning melodies. Read more
Published on 28 April 2009 by Mermaid Boy
Hi All,
Just to let you know this is the "old" version of Until the Traffic Stops. The new re-released version (as heard on Radio 2 etc etc) is out on 27 April, and if you... Read more
Published on 16 April 2009 by A. Cornish
3.0 out of 5 stars ...Dermot O' Leary proclaimed "genius"...
I know that I can be a bit vague from time to time, but I'm pretty sure this album came out ages ago. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2009 by Mr. H
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