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Where The Humans Eat [CD]

Willy Mason Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00066D1YK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Gotta Keep Movin 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. All You Can Do 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Still A Fly 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Where The Humans Eat 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fear No Pain 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hard Hand To Hold 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Letter #1 1:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sold My Soul 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Our Town 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. So Long 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Oxygen 4:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. 21st Century Boy 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Where the Humans Eat, the debut full-length album from this Martha's Vineyard native, is a sweet and soulful testament to youth's subtle, inherent brilliance. This is no ordinary teenager; he's a charming, graceful troubadour who's just as comfortable opening for The Grateful Dead as he is Death Cab for Cutie, delivering music easily cherished by all crowds and cross sections.


In the near-constant deluge of singer-songwriters to emerge in recent years, Willy Mason towers above the rest through sheer quality. Listening to the 12 tracks on his debut album Where the Humans Eat, you'd be forgiven for mistaking this 20-year-old native of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts for someone much older and more experienced. His off-kilter delivery--a bit off-key, a bit off-time--is just part of his charm. But Mason's real talent is as a songwriter, and he is almost without peer amongst his contemporaries. "It's a hard hand to hold / that is looking for control" he sings on "Hard Hand to Hold", a song about homelessness and disaffection that never preaches or judges. His keen observations and deft lyrics place him in an American tradition that includes Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams. Like the best protest singers, Mason is not motivated by anger at the way the world is, but hope in what the world can be. As a result, Where the Humans Eat is sweet, simple and altogether excellent. --Robert Burrow

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One more for the Alt Country playlist 27 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
I came across this album whilst reading one of my girlfriends magazines! They were discussing the new wave of singer/songwriters and had put Willy in a list that included Daniel Powter and James Blunt. Some people just don't get it do they? Anyway I still bought Willy's record, and i'm glad i did because it's a beauty. Sure, Willy Evokes Maggies Farm era Bob Dylan, but there's also some Tom Waits and maybe even some Elliot Smith in there too. He's not a a particularly gifted singer, but I would happilly trade one man earnestly singing his own songs, for a thousand boneheads like Blunt and Powter. Take Oxygen:
"I wanna see through all the lies of society
To the reality, happiness is at stake
I wanna hold up my head with dignity
Proud of a life where to give means more than to take"
Now there are people in the music industry today that could sit with a guitar on their lap for the next twenty years and never write a song as good as that. Nice work Willy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MODERN BLUES 8 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
This release somehow slipped passed the BM! Radar in 2005 and what a miss! If the music wasn't familiar to me, the name was and enough so to make parting with my money less of a tear. A wonderful example of how the Blues can, and really should, sound for the "today"...steeped in the traditions yet moving on with individuality. Most white 20-somethings (yes, he really is only in his early 20's although his weathered/"lived" vocals will surely have you checking this isn't some 60-year old undiscovered Blues master) playing the Blues today are either obsessed with pretentious solo's or have chosen to fuse the genre with Punk in order to create the impression of "new" - where Willy stands out is through lack of a needed disguise or gimmick; like all the greats who've gone before him it's about "the song" and "the song" rightly comes before anything else (to be fair if you've got a great song you don't need to spend 10 minutes making love to your strat, do you?). Through the lyric comparisons with the likes of Dylan are understandable - keenly observing the current world and expressing these observations dexterously (covering war, deprivation, poverty...), what any Blues artist should do, right? A quality songster who can bring cultural awareness, brutality and pain right into your living room but will leave you feeling charmed and invigorated upon leaving. Truly remarkable.
©Blues Matters!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the humans listen 3 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Where the humans eat is an amazing peice of music. It has elements of both country and rock fused together with strong lyrics. Highlights of the album - So long, Hard hand to hold, Oxygen, Where the humans eat and Gotta keep moving. These tracks stand out above the others, yet there are no real weak tracks on the album.
Buy this album - its a masterpiece.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Where The Humans Eat 23 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on the basis of one song, "Oxygen", that I heard on the radio. However, "Where the Humans Eat" is about more than just one track. Other highlights include "All you can do", "Hard hand to hold" and "Still a fly", to pick a few of the 12 tracks.
The album has a melancholy, chilled feel. With guitars, drums and voice, it's not folk but it's not indie or anything like that - it's hard to categorise. That's irrelevant really: the main thing is that it's a great album and you should own it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive 6 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I read about Willy Mason in The Independent and then checked out his website, listened to Oxygen and got the CD - it is wonderful. It gets under your skin, and stays there, just a delightful, intelligent presence. Mason isn't an outstanding singer, but he is a truly brilliant songwriter and his plaintive, quiet, gritty songs are full of the tribulations and trials of growing up and finding your place in our uncertain, potentially hostile world. His delivery is charming and compelling, and I have found that I can't stop listening to this CD. I can't recommend it too highly. A real tour de force. Buy it, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow 12 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is a work of genius. Every single track is inspiring. You may have to get to grips with his particularly rustic singing voice, but once you do it is worth it. Definately, A must have album. It completely widened my horizons with my guitar playing and general taste in music. the folkey acoustic sound has become a favourite of of mine now and if you like this sound i recomend 'Bright Eyes', who is also phenomanal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a new hope... 26 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
After hearing 'Oxygen', then the Demo EP, then this, and then confronted by the fact this is the work of a twenty year old: I'm dumbfounded. Such insight and emotion, but with an intelligence and humour that are truely affecting. If I had to make a comparison it would be between Bob Dylan and Jim O'rourke, especially on the the title track with its itchy rythyms and humorous disdain - a gem!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mason Is On His Way To Making It Big 9 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
I suppose it would be impossible to do this review without mentioning how young Willy Mason is so here goes: he's only twenty. Whilst this is nothing impressive in itself (how old was MJ in the Jackson 5) the songs Mason is writing are hardly 'ABC'. Hailing from small town America he has a frightening skill for capturing the call of his fellow disaffected youth: 'we tried pills and prescriptions but drugs won't cure that disease'. In a world where the music media is so obsessed with image it's astonishingly refreshing to hear Mason unashamedly communicating the simplest thoughts on his mind and in his heart in his unique stylistic mix of Dylan and Cash.
I won't be the first and certainly not the last to say that Mason's voice is hardly special, in fact, in some places it's downright awful. However, his lazy southern drawl simply endears the listener towards the blatant cracks in his vocal repertoire and you're sure to be hearing them emulated all around the singer / songwriter gig circuit in no time at all.
Despite the fact that this kid can really write a tune his true talent lies in his politically evocative lyrics. Mason is no 'rage against the coke machine' like media monkeys Green Day; he speaks for the people left behind by twenty-four hour election coverage and the petty politics of the media scrum. The people Mason writes songs about have no hope of ever airing their views on television, there is no political party willing to represent them, no-one is coming to help them escape a forty year working life of clocking in and out of meaningless jobs. But now those people do have a voice, and that voice is finally being heard.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK
It was recommended as a follow up to another artist I liked. It is ok, but at present I can't remember any tracks.
Published 21 months ago by D. M. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
i absolutely love it we had the pure good luck of seeing him live at the social in notts and even though he was ill with sore throat his singing was still great. Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2006 by chinagirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a second glance
This took me a while to do. I wrote a review of the Untitled EP the day after I saw him and bought the CD. I had to listen to this for a long time before it really sunk in. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2005 by Sam Bennis
4.0 out of 5 stars willy mason - where the humans eat
Athough at first listening this may seem like a pale modern imitaion of bob dylan, i would deffinatly say it is worth listening to. Read more
Published on 5 July 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical Genius.
On playing this album in my office and to anyone else's ears that I can steal, I have come to the conclusion that "Where The Humans Eat" is a real marmite type album. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2005 by "gumbo81"
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful
Yes, the lyrics and sentiments of Willy Mason's songs are wonderful and beautiful but I think the excellence of his actual music is being overlooked. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars A note of caution
I bought this on the strength of the reviews I have read on this site and others, but frankly I think this artist is oversold.
The off-key, lazy vocals irritate. Read more
Published on 6 May 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly great songwriting
I first heard oxygen on the radio and was instantly moved by the voice and the sentiment. He seems to be able to convey a depth of feeling with the simplest of phrases that is the... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2005 by Raman Sharma
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