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Josh Bray Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: New Tide Records
  • ASIN: B0042U3SXU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. The River Song 3:490.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rise 4:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bigger Than the Both of Us 3:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. This Is Life 4:350.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hard Living 3:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Finest Chance 3:260.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Draw in the Lines 4:100.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Living Free 3:430.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Sea and the Inbetween 4:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Indian Gin 5:080.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Testify 4:210.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

BBC Review

A self-taught guitarist picking his way through skeletal compositions while offering lessons in life via first-hand experience of so many wrong steps: exactly what the music industry needs more of, that. But while the on-paper attraction of Josh Bray is minimal given the abundance of man-with-guitar-and-melancholy sorts doing the rounds ‘til they’re dizzy from all the shots and sore from the stools they perch on while performing, this debut collection contains moments that leap out, taking the listener by surprise and suggesting that, maybe, here’s an artist who could cut it with the best of his kind.

Raised in Devon and now based in London, Bray’s indie-folk approach stems not from a schooling in the roots of folk’s traditional forms; instead, this is a man whose childhood was soundtracked by hard rock, from Pearl Jam to Pantera. As such there’s an amateurish charm to some of his playing, the most effective arrangements here the ones that muddle their way along with alluring simplicity. As when Bray decides to up the volume, as on Hard Living and Living Free, he comes across as a one-man unplugged tribute to his former idols, rather than a force in his own right. Vocally, too, he can reach beyond his limits – what should be a roar akin to Eddie Vedder can come through like Layne Staley, from beyond the grave.

But Bray is certainly capable of catching an audience off-guard, with some disarmingly tender and direct songwriting. The River Song is a delightful opener, as bright as the first rays of a brilliant dawn – one almost has to squint into it to find the detail, but when it becomes apparent it’s obvious this could be a real calling-card number for its maker. Draw in the Lines is an excellently bitter but wonderfully vivid-of-lyric song that combines cutting acoustic guitar with mournful strings, and Indian Gin a woozy strum-along with a coda that finds Bray supported by fine backing vocals. Typically, the more instantly appealing tracks are those recorded at Oxford’s Truck Studios with the Bennett brothers, Joe and Robin; those captured in London, with Howard Gray, can seem uncomfortably overblown by comparison, despite the producer’s fine CV (including Manic Street Preachers, Van Morrison and The Pretenders).

An album that’d sit nicely between solo efforts from the likes of Roddy Woomble and Fyfe Dangerfield, Bray’s debut is, at its best, a really accomplished, affecting set that should act as a springboard for the artist. Come album two, the newcomer could well be a contender proper.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent debut album 24 Jun 2011
Format:MP3 Download
I went to see Josh live at the Bush Hall on the strength of this album and wasn't in the least disappointed. Josh clearly references early John Martin and Nick Drake in his music - no bad thing in my book and he pulls it off superbly. Some of the arrangements with cello/violin are clearly homage to Nick, but the voice is more like John Martin in the 'Stormbringer' days. One track even has a female vocal harmony that is uncannily like Bev's harmonies on the aforementioned album.

Please don't think this album is all about JM/ND though. Josh brings a lot of really good original songs to this album including a few that either JM or ND would have been proud to call their own. Buy the albim and see him live - you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why still an 'Unsigned' artist?? 17 May 2011
By Ytene
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
This album is only available at this time as a download,as I believe the artist is still unsigned.
The tracks vary from Folk like to a sort of light rock.
This singer has the voice to do both well.
'The River song' is a fine version, but by far, in my eyes, 'Rise' is the best track on the album. I don't know why this is only ever played on the local radio stations,it deserves air play on National stations & maybe this talented young artist will be noticed.
Well worth a few quid to add to any collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 12 Dec 2010
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Heard this previewed on the radio - absolutely fantastic full on acoustic blues sound - can't wait for it to come out on CD. Enough said, it's only an EP - keep writing Josh, we need more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whisky & Wool is Warming for Winter 11 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
I really like this album, which is a great mix of indie/folk with a bit of rock thrown in. Josh Bray has a fantastic voice which is equally matched by his wonderful guitarist, particularly on the superb Indian Gin. The album starts off beautifully with the uplifting River Song, meanders along nicely, and finishes off with the brilliant Testify. There is not a naff track in site, and it gets better each time you listen. I shall eagerly await the next album (or the next tour)
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