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24 Aug 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 24 Aug 2004
  • Label: KOCH Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 KOCH RECORDS
  • Total Length: 46:12
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  • ASIN: B001N7GP5S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,360 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By john james on 6 Aug 2005
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This is an incredibly beautiful record. Richard has always been a particularly strong singer and songwriter but this release is astounding, even by his own standards.
By moving from America to Buenos Aires he seems to have taken on just enough of the culture to add depth to his musical landscapes without making the songs "difficult" as sometimes happens in such cases.
There are no weak songs here. They follow each other in such a natural progression that when they finish all you want to do is to listen to them again. Each time you do, another hidden treasure is unlocked.
I really can't recommend this highly enough. If you haven't heard any of Richard's music before, a good starting point is "Courier", his previous issue. It lets you catch up on his back catalogue and, although recorded in concert, the standard of musicianshop is so high it makes no difference.
One of the best contemporary musicians in his field, this man's music deserves a far wider audience and Vuelta is as good as it gets.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hipper on 6 Oct 2008
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I can only agree wholeheartedly with john james's review. He uses overused words like astounding and incredibly beautiful but in this case they are fully justified.

I've got most of Shindell's CDs and the first thing to say is he has a wonderful deep voice and he can write music that his little surprises in them. His lyrics are always thoughtful too. All his other albums have a few stand out songs, some OK ones and some that after a few listens I don't want to hear anymore. They also include a range of acoustic numbers and more band type heavier songs. None are albums that I can play right through without skipping a track; such albums are rare in my experience. Indeed, I intend to make a 'Best of Richard Shindell' CD taking songs from these other albums. However, I won't be taking any from Vuelta - all the songs would be required.

With Veulta, I can play it in its entirety. It has a relatively low key tempo throughout, which I like, a mostly acoustic sound but with enough bass and a bit of electrics (some lovely pedal steel in places) to keep the sound solid but still airy, and some subtle percussion and harmonies. All in all, beautiful music with those little surprises. On regular playing and therefore becoming familiar with the surprises, these then give me that shiver of anticipation.

For me, having owned and played this CD for over a year, this is the perfect album.
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By lonniej on 8 Jan 2012
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I discovered Richard Shindler after hearing his song, 'You Stay Here' on a Show Of Hands CD. So I bought his latest 'Not Far Now'. None of the songs matched that but it was still pretty good. It was a pleasant surprise to find Shindler as the support act on the last Show Of Hands tour in which he played a couple of songs from 'Vuelta' - 'There Goes Mavis' and 'The Last Fare Of The Day'. That caused me to seek this album out. It was a search well worthwhile. Shame it's not more easily available. 'Che Guevara T-Shirt' and 'Hazel's House' are other gems. Shindler does not contemplate his own navel but has a combination of sadness and humour that few other current singer-songwriters can match. He's an intelligent and thought-provoking (but not preachy) storyteller. If you like Randy Newman, Dar Williams, Richard Thompson, Dory Previn, Harry Chapin or Tom Russell, you'll like this.
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If you like good songs,well-arranged (with a great Argentinian back-up band),and nicely played and sung in a laid-back way this is for you. If you like energy and drive it's not. I bought the CD on the strength of hearing a track on Mike Harding's Radio 2 show and am not disappointed. Shindell writes great songs reminiscent of 70's Bob Dylan but just lacks that bit of bite that would give the disc 5 stars. Too laid-back for me.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
IT'S BEEN TOO LONG -- THIS IS A VERY WELCOME RELEASE 15 Sep 2004
By Larry L. Looney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Richard Shindell's music for several years -- and while he's not an extremely prolific artist, each release is filled with finely-crafted songs of the highest order, melodic and insightful. The lyrics are some of the most literate being produced today -- right up there with some of my other songwriting heroes, such as Jack Hardy and Eric Taylor. Each song is like a mini-novel -- there are stories to be told, characters to introduce, moods and settings to be drawn. Shindell does all of this with grace and style -- I hear these new songs from the heart and in the voice of an 'old friend', welcome at long last on the shores of my consciousness.

One of Richard's strongest points as a writer (in my humble opinion) is his amazing ability to take the point of view of his characters and voice is accurately and honestly as his own, to the extent that he makes the story told by the song immediately believable and accepted by the listener. There are songs on every release that illustrate this -- on this CD, I would cite 'Che Guevara t-shirt' and 'The last fare of the day' as examples of this. The song 'So says the whipporwill' speaks eloquently to our innate fear of stepping outside of the 'safe' boundaries we have set for our lives -- much as 'Out beyond the iron gate' on REUNION HILL did, but not in a repetative way by any means. 'There goes Mavis' deals with some of these fears and challenges in a different way -- a little girl is setting her canary free into the world, with her mother warning her that the bird will never survive outside of its cage.

There's always a well-chosen tune by another writer on Richard's releases -- this time out, it's Pete Seeger's classic antiwar song from the 1960s, 'Waist deep in the Big Muddy', and we'd do well to pay attention to its wisdom these days.

There are a couple of heart-breakingly tender songs here as well -- 'Gray green' and 'Cancion sencilla', the latter being Richard's first in Spanish, a very moving love song.

Then there's the band. For this outing, since Richard is living in Buenos Aires, he's enlisted the services of Puente Celeste, a fine group of Argentine musicians. Hearing there work here makes me want to hear their own recordings. they combine the expected instruments -- accordion, keyboards, bass, guitarra and guitarron, percussion -- with some surprises, notably the wind instruments played by Marcelo Moguuilevsky (recorder, clarinet, bass clarinet and doudouk [ ! ]). They very ably support Richard's stellar guitar work and vocals, supplying arrangements that frame the songwriter's work without overpowering it.

Richard has lived in Argentina since 2000, and his passes through Austin have been rare -- I hope he makes a point of performing here on his next US tour. It's been too long -- as absorbing and memorable as his recordings are, his live performances take it up another notch.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Just one more opinion for the skeptic 19 April 2005
By Ronald Alderfer - Published on Amazon.com
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I will just add one more note to all the fine (and largely accurate) reviews given here...I own all of Richard Shindell's recordings; and then some. Like several other reviewers, I bought 'Vuelta' sight-unseen as soon as it was released. Unlike some others, I did not immediately fall in love with it. Richard's musical style has shifted and flowed through the years, and this album is no exception. Something about the new "flavor" did not grab me right away - as is usually the case.

Luckily for me, I kept listening to 'Vuelta' simply to become immersed in Richard's consistantly wonderful storytelling. Details emerge with every listen to his songs. The rest took care of itself, as 'Vuelta' is now the Richard Shindell CD that I most often reach for.

If you have been exposed to Richard's music, and still do not have this CD - buy it. Whether on the first listen, or the tenth...you will be glad you did.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Simply outstanding... 29 Aug 2004
By Beemerguy53 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are only a few musicians whose work is so consistently good that I will buy their latest releases sight unseen, without having to preview them, knowing that I will like what I hear. Richard Shindell is one such musician.

Of course, he is so much more than simply a "musician." Mr. Shindell crafts beautiful stories about ordinary people, bringing us into their lives and hearts and minds. And though he notes on his website that there is a difference between writing poetry and writing lyrics, I have always thought of him as a poet who sets his work to music. His just-released Vuelta is a masterpiece of storytelling and imagery and musicianship.

A tourist on an eroding island; a stowaway on a freighter trying to reach America; a taxi driver in New York City: Mr. Shindell writes about all of them, simply yet eloquently, and makes them come alive for us in tunes that are, like his lyrics, simple but awesomely beautiful. There are songs on Vuelta so exquisite they can move you to tears.

Although this entire album is thoroughly enjoyable, I was particularly drawn to two songs: Mr. Shindell's cover of Pete Seeger's classic "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy," and Mr. Shindell's composition "Cancion Sensilla." I've heard "Waist Deep..." many times over the years, but have never really cared for it until hearing this arrangement. Mr. Shindell conveys perfectly the stupidity of, and disdain for, authoritarian arrogance that is the theme of the song, and it seems especially topical and appropriate at this time in our history.

The liner notes for the album refer the reader to Mr. Shindell's website ([...]) for the translation of Cancion Sensilla, which turns out, delightfully, to be about his great love for his wife and his desire to learn her native language. In English or in Spanish, it is a simple, beautiful, gentle, and loving tune.

Mr. Shindell's band on most of this endeavor, the Argentine group Puente Celeste, does a wonderful job fleshing out his tunes; the arrangements on this album are, like the lyrics and singing, simply beautiful.

Whether one is an established Richard Shindell fan, or relatively new to his music, Vuelta is sure to move you, delight you, and entertain you as you listen to it over and over again.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This~ 24 Sep 2004
By PhotoSmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Vuelta, the latest release from Richard Shindell is the best of his albums yet to date. This singer/songwriter/producer aims for perfection and hits the nail on the head every time. His story-like songs are captivating, painting vivid pictures with lyrics and melodies that draw you into each song, making the experience even more moving. This is a song-writer that commands the listener to truly pay attention and appreciate the lyrics that he has woven together to create very memorable songs. Puente Celeste has also collaborated on this album, adding subtleties to each song, that compliment Richard's own musical talents. The best track on the album is "Last Fare of the Day, also very good are "There Goes Mavis" and "Che Guevara T-Shirt". I highly recommend this album to anyone who has a strong appreciation for music, as this man is an amazing artist that deserves the listener's attention and respect. He truly is one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Long awaited gem!!!!!!!! 24 Aug 2004
By Knopfler720 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are familiar with Richard Shindell's Somewhere Near Patterson, then you'll love this as it's texturally similiar given the exception of Puente Celeste's efforts. I saw Richard perform a few of these songs live and wondered if perhaps the project would be slightly overproduced like Blue Divide, but no way!!! This is exceptional song craft. I've been following Richard since I was 17, and a decade later, I still find him to be one of the most beloved talents on the contemporary acoustic scene. A couple of these tunes pulled tears out of my eyes just an hour into owning it...It was released this morning...Chuh-ching!

Rating items on Amazon should ranged from 1-10 so people can get a clearer idea of the quality. This one I'd surely give a 10.
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