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Written Large [CD]

Jake Shillingford Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Exilophone
  • ASIN: B0013F2M2K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Butterfly Wings 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hurt You 1:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Claret 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Written Large 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Antiques 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. One More Time 1:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Exile Inside 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. You Can't Uneat the Apple 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sunday Tongue 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Neverland 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Waiting Room 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Under the Ice 3:010.99  Buy MP3 

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4.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful. 18 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was a bit of a fan of My Life Story the band fronted by Jake and was even lucky enough to meet him at a little gig in Hull many years ago but I don't think any prior knowledge could have prepared me for how much I fell in love this record. The first time I played it I thought it was ok but by the third or fourth time I simply couldn't turn it off and has to force myself to listen to something else for fear of overplaying it. Each composition, some old some new, is beautifully crafted using piano as a base but later on adding cello and female vocals. The lyrics from opener `Butterfly Wings' sets the tone `late at night she's dancing through my soul again, who'd have thought a butterfly could start a hurricane' and continues through the twelve tracks here. Repeated listens also reveal Jake's voice to be far more textured than I at first thought adding extra gravitas to each song. Heartbreaking, warm, sad and stunning, this record is as good if not better than anything by Damien Rice, Tom Mcrae or Bon Iver and I'm not sure why it isn't bigger than it is. If you like any of the above, Glen Hansard (from `Once'), Hobotalk, Jacob Golden, Damien Jurado or anyone who is making emotional solo music then you can't fail to love this record. For me it has instantly become one of my favourites and a record I will always treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 22 Mar 2013
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As a long-time fan of My Life Story I wasn't sure what to expect from a Jake Shillingford solo album, but it's very, very good. Where MLS had swagger and bombast, this is a stripped down affair, which somehow works just as well. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Life Story frontman comes into his own 10 Mar 2012
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Jake Shillingford is better known as the main man behind My Life Story, an excellent band which has now sadly bitten the dust although they reformed for an excellent anniversary concert in London I went to see a couple of weeks ago. Whereas in their pomp, My Life Story are a mixture of Dexy's, Divine Comedy and The Smiths, a 13-piece with a full, dramatic sound, this is very much stripped down, acoustic and gentle, letting the songs speak for themselves and they are strong and strangely beautiful songs at that. Jake's lyrics are excellent and always thought provoking. My Life Story fans will not be disappointed as there are several MLS favourites here, including Claret, Sunday Tongue and You Can't Uneat The Apple. But just listen to the fine song-writing involved in tracks like Butterfly Wings and Written Large and you might question why Jake is not as well-known as he should be. And that voice, at its best, is a powerful and delicate instrument. Buy this album and start the clamour to give this man (and his late, lamented army of ex-partners) the credit they deserve - we can't all be darlings of the critics, can we now?
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