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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B000IFRXW0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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ALBERT HAMMOND JR. Yours To Keep (Deleted 2006 UK 10-track CD album - This the debut solo album from the legendary Strokes guitarist and son of Albert Hammond was recorded at New Yorks Electric Ladyland Studios with producer by Greg Lattimer with guestappearances from Julian Casablancas [Strokes] Jody Porter [Fountains of Wayne] Ben Kweller Sean Lennon Mikki James Sammy James Jr presented in a sealed fold-out digipak sleeve)

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There's always a moment of nervousness when a member of a hugely successful band cuts loose and makes a solo record. Even if the move doesn't point to an imminent break-up - and very often it does - there's always the worry that the project will be somehow under-par. Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for NYC starlets The Strokes, has re-assured the public that he isn't about to quit the band - which leaves us only with the issue of calibre. Having already knocked up writing credits with the band (most notably "Automatic Stop" on Room on Fire), it would seem Hammond has good reason to pursue his personal muse. On the other hand, it's well known that some of the material on Yours To Keep has been rejected by the band in the past. Lead single "Everyone Gets A Star" could have been one such rebuff. With its choppy guitar and jangly chorus, it has all the hallmarks of a Strokes tune –just not as good. Unfortunately it's one of the best tracks here. While Hammond undoubtedly has good guitar skills, is capable of writing catchy tunes, and even has a reasonably listenable voice, there's a listless, half-hearted aura to the album that even guests like Sean Lennon, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas or Fountains of Wayne's Jody Porter can't break. A brave attempt, but a premature and largely unsuccessful one. -- Danny McKenna

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Albert Hammond Jr. is best known as the lead and bass guitarist for the Strokes. But don't let that influence your expectations for his solo debut "Yours To Keep." On his own, Hammond turns out a totally different album: a shimmering, creative little pop collection that dips into lean rock'n'roll and vintage sunny pop.

It starts on a note that's very Beach Boys -- sunny, psychedelic-edged, and slightly sleepy. "Goodnight, I said to you goodnight/Dream of all the impossible/And you wake you see/That all these dreams aren't fake/They're real/Not impossible," Hammond croons in a slightly sleepy voice.

All that changes with "In Transit," the most Strokesian of all the songs -- a peppy, uptempo guitar number with slightly rebellious lyrics. But with "Bright Young Things," the style switches back to a circling guitar melody and a sunny musical edge, some folksy ballads, catchy rockers that bloom into peppy pop, toe-tapping acoustic plucks, and ringing songs about vacations in Jamaica.

Despite the variety of styles, Hammond actually does a pretty good job keeping a signature "sound" in these songs -- something a bit happier and slightly wistful than the Strokes. It does have a bit of a split personality, between rock and sunny pop, but I suspect it's something that Hammond will iron out in future albums.

The music has plenty of guitar -- both acoustic and bass -- both in lean sinewy riffs and in circling melodies. But Hammond and a variety of musicians (including Sean Lennon, Julian Casablancas, Ben Kweller, and Sammy James Jr) wrap the songs in a thin layer of other instruments -- tinkly melodica, ukelele, rippling keyboard, and some brass. There's even whistling at one point.
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I really never expected this album to be anything special. As an avid strokes fan i was very interested to find out AH jr was to release a solo album. The Album is quality from start to finish, reminds me of a cross between The strokes(of course) john lennon and jack johnson. The album has a real summer time feel to it and the harmonys and alberts token guitar work combine perfectly. The lyrics are a lot more meaningful than any of his bandmate julian casablancas, i would like to see him writng some of the strokes tunes in the future. The album for me is an instant hit rather than a grower , i gve it 5 stars.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2007
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Albert Hammond Jr. is best known as as a valuable member of the Strokes. But don't let that influence your expectations for his solo debut "Yours To Keep." On his own, Hammond turns out a totally different album: a shimmering, creative little pop collection that dips into lean rock'n'roll and vintage sunny pop.

It starts on a note that's very Beach Boys -- sunny, psychedelic-edged, and slightly sleepy. "Goodnight, I said to you goodnight/Dream of all the impossible/And you wake you see/That all these dreams aren't fake/They're real/Not impossible," Hammond croons in a slightly sleepy voice.

All that changes with "In Transit," the most Strokesian of all the songs -- a peppy, uptempo guitar number with slightly rebellious lyrics. But with "Bright Young Things," the style switches back to a circling guitar melody and a sunny musical edge, some folksy ballads, catchy rockers that bloom into peppy pop, toe-tapping acoustic plucks, and ringing songs about vacations in Jamaica.

Despite the variety of styles, Hammond actually does a pretty good job keeping a signature "sound" in these songs -- something a bit happier and slightly wistful than the Strokes. It does have a bit of a split personality, between rock and sunny pop, but I suspect it's something that Hammond will iron out in future albums.

The music has plenty of guitar -- both acoustic and bass -- both in lean sinewy riffs and in circling melodies. But Hammond and a variety of musicians (including Sean Lennon, Julian Casablancas, Ben Kweller, and Sammy James Jr) wrap the songs in a thin layer of other instruments -- tinkly melodica, ukelele, rippling keyboard, and some brass. There's even whistling at one point.

Hammond's voice is kind of scratchy, but it's still pretty pleasant to the ear.
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As a huge Strokes fan I had to buy this. Unlike some of the other reviewers I don't think Strokes fans will necessarily like this - it is like a much lighter,sweeter version of the Strokes which for me also means it lacks their grittiness and power.

I like a lot of the tracks - particularly 'Back to the 101', 'In Transit' and 'Scared'.I think the only bad track is 'Everyone gets a star' - very ploddy in my opinion. A good album but for me it lacks feeling/intensity.
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The solo album by the Strokes rythm guitar player is overall very good. I've been playing it quite a lot over the last few days and it gets better everytime.

If you like the Strokes you won't be disappointed by Albert Hammond Jr's solo effort as it recapture some of the typical sliced guitars/beat typical of the Strokes but with a light-hearted tone. Each song has a different twist to it which highlight the versatility of Albert Jr, while staying true to his style and his Strokes roots, the songs are subtle, very melodic, an awesome near mechanical, rythm section, lovely backing vocals, the occasional Wurlizer, Piano or even Banjo on Call an Ambulance.

While Albert had recruited a drummer and bass player for the album, he's had some very good support from Sean Lennon on backing vocals and playing bits and bobs on quite a few tracks as well band mate Julian Casablancas on backings on the awesome Scared.

Only 10 tracks but no filler whatsoever... a bit like any Strokes album I guess. Anyway I highly recommend the album.
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