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Grant Nicholas Audio CD
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For all the best artists, the thrill of continued commercial success is at some point outweighed by the need to challenge themselves creatively.

After 20 stellar years with Feeder -including 8 gold and platinum albums and over 3 million album sales- for Grant Nicholas that moment came after his band’s sell out show at Brixton Academy on 23rd November 2012.

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  • Audio CD (11 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Popping Candy
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Robots 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Good Fortune Lies Ahead 2:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Joan of Arc 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hope 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Isolation 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Broken Resolutions 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Time Stood Still 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Father to Son 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Counting Steps 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Silent in Space 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Safe in Place? 3:180.99  Buy MP3 

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Grant Nicholas songwriter and frontman of the phenomenally successful UK rock band Feeder releases his first solo material this August via Popping Candy. “Yorktown Heights” was produced, written and played by Grant in his North London Treehouse Studio, The Crypt (London) and Angelic Studios in Banbury. Help at the controls came from Sam Miller & Brian Sperber (Julian Casablancas, Dinasaur Jr) at his Tiny Pocket Studio in Yorktown Heights, upstate New York . As Nicholas comments “…I felt it was time to bare my soul and let people hear my songs in a more acoustic way. I grew up listening to a lot of acoustic based artists from the 60’s and 70’s and I really wanted to make an album that touched on what I loved about the honesty and warmth of those records. Made up of 13 tracks (with the Deluxe version being 15 tracks), the album is a beautifully crafted, insightful set of tracks that underline Nicholas’s deft songwriting abilities. The first taster from the album is the poignant album opener ‘Soul Mates’, which will receive its worldwide exclusive on 31st May. The track will be made available for a limited free download from Grant’s Facebook at the same time. Nicholas’ career with Feeder thus far has spanned 20 years and 11 albums, with 8 gold and platinum albums and over 3 million album sales.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Feeder Fans 15 Aug 2014
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This is a superb album and follows the brilliant Feeder album Generation Freakshow, which saw them back to their best. The sound is very different in places - half the songs could have made it onto a typical Feeder record, while the rest of the songs are acoustic affairs. The melodies and choruses are very catchy throughout though.

The beautiful album opener is a bit like Nick Drake with an opening reminiscent of Jose Gonzalez's version of Heartbeats. It sounds like it belongs to a movie scene, where someone is on a boat/train and leaving somewhere - "let's pack our bags so we can sail away, sail away....when we go back we can tell our friends what we have seen".

Hitori is a great song and is a bit more uptempo in sound, but some of the lyrics are quite melancholic eg "Sorrow will find me wherever I go". There's a catchy chorus that goes "Never gonna make it...never gonna get there alone...love is not the enemy". I do wonder if this is a song about Grant's Japanese wife, as Hitori is the Japanse word for "alone" (thanks Wikipedia!) and the song hints at long-distance relationship issues eg "when there's miles between us, stop running, let's keep this love alive".

Tall Trees is another slower song with some piano on it. It's a real grower - another potential "movie scene" moment. The next song Robots is a real belter, with a great looping riff to open it. It a real uptempo song and one of the album's highlights, even though I'm not totally sure what it's about. It seems to be related to human emotions and hope and it could easily be a Feeder song.

Vampires starts with a Just The Way I'm Feeling sound and has a catchy chorus "why you so sad, when you're looking so fine".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeder bites back ! 12 Aug 2014
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Amazing crafted album from a very talented guy, this will be the soundtrack to my Summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GN 12 Aug 2014
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love all the tracks- especially Hitori,Joan of Arc and Soul mates-artwork is really cool
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boy done good 10 Sep 2014
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My first thoughts upon hearing that Grant Nicholas was releasing a solo album was, "whats the point? he writes all of feeders material anyway".
i am very happy to say that i have never been so happy to be proven wrong, this is a wonderful album, and is without a doubt the work of a man who knows not to mess with his day job!
does that mean that feeder fans wont like this?
maybe, maybe not,i have been a fan of feeder since day one, have bought everything they have released and count them among my fave bands ever, as such i have seen their sound evolve over the years and i have found this album very enjoyable, but those hoping for more feeder, especially considering their last album was a return of sorts to their more rock orientated style might be a little underwhelmed by this very peaceful bit of work from Grant.
this owes more to folk and simon and garfunkel than nirvana or the smashing pumpkins.
that stall is set out nice and early with soul mates, which is just grant and a guitar and is easily one of the most peaceful and tranquil songs i have heard in years!
what grant proceeds to do over the remaining 14 tracks is gently guide you through his thoughts with delightful melodies and stripped back instrumentation, the only time the pace lifts above a gentle stroll is on the jangly indoe pop of joan of arc.
this is a great summer album, filled with gentle breezes and sunset songs.
sit back and let Grant take you away for 45 minutes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Eagerly awaited this album since it was announced earlier this year. It has a nice stripped back sound that suits Grants voice perfectly, but still has a hint of Feeder to keep the band's fans happy. Stand out track for me is Time Stood Still :-D
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Also been a fan of Feeder and Grant has not disappointed with his solo material....absolutely love the album :)
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Been a Feeder fan since around 1997 when I first heard the Polythene album that my son had.
Now at long last Grant has crafted an amazing solo album filled with great songs, Robots in particular grabbed me immediately.
Can't wait to see him live in October!
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Grant Nicholas has always been a fantastic song writer, but he has gone to another level on Yorktown heights. This is one of the best albums I've ever heard, if you're in need of having your soul touched, but this album!
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