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4.0 out of 5 stars well worth getting
Over 45 minutes (it's a packed album, but a comparatively punchy CD), these fourteen songs cover a lot of territory within a fairly constrained aesthetic, from the chiming opener, "Surely Justice" through Byrds-like country on "All By Myself" and the quietly contemplative "Ask Anyone", to the spare "Freedom is a Gift". Songwriters Anne Soldaat (a man) and Jelle Paulusma...
Published on 11 Nov 2004 by davesmith72

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Dutch music, and not a tulip in sight
Patchy album - excellent in parts, dull in others.
The good bits are really good ('Doctor and I', the fantastic 'Stay' and the 'You're so Vain' cover), the slow tuneless bits are pretty boring. Buy it because it is probably the best Dutch music around (not hard right?), and because the singer sounds totally unique. Don't buy it if you can't stand guitar rock.
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Published on 4 Sep 2002 by RC


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4.0 out of 5 stars well worth getting, 11 Nov 2004
This review is from: Seaborne West (Audio CD)
Over 45 minutes (it's a packed album, but a comparatively punchy CD), these fourteen songs cover a lot of territory within a fairly constrained aesthetic, from the chiming opener, "Surely Justice" through Byrds-like country on "All By Myself" and the quietly contemplative "Ask Anyone", to the spare "Freedom is a Gift". Songwriters Anne Soldaat (a man) and Jelle Paulusma (whose brother Coen plays percussion and a buoyant organ, and makes up the rest of the band, along with Jeroen Vos on bass and Jeroen Kleijn on drums) tend toward the impressionistic. While the in-English singing is nearly accentless, a surreal wordplay often invests the language with a hallucinatory power, as in the chorus of the lovely closer, "Hope, Love & Happiness": "Empty words/Honeybee, slowly go/Where I'm free/Sorrow sight for lonely eyes/Hummin' all the way."
Influences occasionally overwhelm inspiration: the chorus of "Riverside" echoes Everybody Knows This is Nowhere-era Neil Young, and other moments reference -- uncomfortably closely -- each of the bands mentioned above, as well as contemporary bell-bottom aficionados like the Green Pajamas. More often, Happy Traum (named after Happy Traum himself -- the folk singer, guitar instruction book writer and first interpreter of "Blowin' in the Wind") transcends retro nostalgia for the greater pleasures of, yes, "timeless" pop songcraft.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Dutch music, and not a tulip in sight, 4 Sep 2002
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Patchy album - excellent in parts, dull in others.
The good bits are really good ('Doctor and I', the fantastic 'Stay' and the 'You're so Vain' cover), the slow tuneless bits are pretty boring. Buy it because it is probably the best Dutch music around (not hard right?), and because the singer sounds totally unique. Don't buy it if you can't stand guitar rock.
I like this album. The end.
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