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on 9 July 2004
While "Road Music", their first album, was a reasonably "lo-fi" recording, "True Love & High Adventure" shows what the guys can do with a bit more time and cash at their disposal. The band manage to keep the loose, airy feel but the production really shines on this record (not that "Road Music" reallly suffers, as the songs are superb as they are).
The arrangements are lusher, as are the vocals but without getting too cluttered - a fine balancing act and one the boys pull off admirably. Additional instruments, such as horns & flutes decorate a number of tracks, bringing a new element to an already rich sound.
If you're sitting chilling, this album is a joy to listen to...
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on 2 July 2004
Picked up on Grand Drive from the Acoustic compilations from V2/Echo - well worth a look by the way. Grand Drive have produced an album of quality here - great melodies, good vocals, well written songs. Ladder to the stars is just a great song, no two ways about it. Nobody's Song is one of those rare tracks, a real slowburn, starts of with a low bass heartbeat, and ends with a soaring guitar solo, spine-tingler for sure. Like My Morning Jacket, a band with a retro sound but definitely going beyond just that with some good songs, not just churning out stuff for 50 somethings to reminisce about. The title track goes on a bit to be true, and the last track makes me reach for the remote but put on Nobody's Song, lights down volume up, and that's as good as it gets.
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on 11 November 2000
What do I mean moments? That moment when a good song becomes a great song. That moment when the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and you get the urge to sing out loud. The way the title track builds to a crescendo of guitars and drums to break into what can only be described as a beautiful piano drenched finale. This is Grand Drive and I can only have sympathy for anyone who hasn't heard them yet!
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on 18 June 2007
This is a personal choice completely but i prefer Grand Drives later stuff which is more guitar lead -

This is more atmospheric and whilst still does hark back to Big Stars 3rd album in that it sounds like a bit of a mercury rev dream like world - it is mostly keyboard and piano lead i find it a bit wishy-washy.

The tunes on this album are not as direct, they take a while to discover - and when i did i still didnt catch on to them quite as much as i hoped) as on the later albums. The later albums also feel shorter (dont know if that is a fact but they seem play through better than this one does)

It is by no means a bad album, but it depends how you like your music - softer and more laid back - then this album,
catchier and more uptempo (by Grand Drive's standards)- then the latter albums.

I do have to say that getting this at such a good price is worht it alone for the song Ladder to the Stars - its haunting melody becomes infectious and you cant leave it alone.
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on 3 October 2012
I saw this band in Manchester about 7/8 years ago and loved them, got the albums and absolutely loved them. Unfortunately having a family and responsibilities mean putting listening to music 'on the back burner'. Anyway I have recently been refurbishing the house and tiding up the loft when lo and behold, looking slightly dusty (and probably sorry for themselves), where my forgotten CD's and tapes (yes cassette tapes!. I decided to start actually putting and listening to CD's on my rather under used deck system. Well I played this CD "Grand Drive" - True Love and High Adventure which I hadn't played for ages when it was if this music didn't really go away - this album is still a truly amazing album.
It is so emotional at times (most times) that you are carried away with it's intensity, 'Nobody's Song in Particular' is a tense emotional roller-coaster of a song that really affects you deep inside. It is so hard to explain what this album is about because you might on a brief listen think it's Americana/Country - well it isn't if you delve deeper and if you stick with it ( really requires 2/3 undisturbed listens) then you will get it.
Listen forget your current forays into new music (which is on the whole commercialised crap) and listen to music that oozes class, distinction and real emotion. This album reaches the parts other albums do not reach!
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on 22 September 2000
The ingredients appear to be simple ; heartfelt songs dealing with the great themes of life influenced by equal portions of the Byrds, Burrittos and Beach Boys blended together but sprinkled with the unique Grand Drive magic. The whole album is also interwoven with sumptuous arrangements using piano, guitar and brass and of course the voices of messrs Wilson.
Mix it all together and Grand Drive have created an epic, stirring, sweeping, swirling follow-up to the very wonderful Road Music. True Love and High Adventure is an album which is guaranteed to sooth away those autumn chills away like an indian summer or hot blackberry and apple crumble with plenty of custard.
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on 10 December 2000
It did seem that Grand Drive were just another set of Byrds/Gram wannabes, but this album surely puts an end to such accusations. With genuinely strong melodies and brilliant harmonies, it manages to stay true to Western traditions without being buried by them. Word's out they might be gigging with the fantastic Eileen Rose at the beginning of 2001. Now THAT would be a show and a half.
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on 14 September 2000
'True Love and High Adventure' reaches the parts other albums don't even get near. From the gorgeous harmonies of 'My Best Side' to the awe-inspiring 'Ladder to the Stars', Grand Drive have produced an album of real beauty. With tracks like 'Sleepy', this album touches the soul, which is where, I'm sure, it originated from. What's really amazing is that it just gets better and better with each listen. The album of the year, without a doubt!
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on 27 October 2008
If there was any justice in the world, this album would be ranked up alongside the greats of the past decade or so because it sits easily beside albums like the Flaming Lips' 'Yoshimi..' and Mercury Rev's 'Deserter's Songs'. Its melodies and harmonies are quite simply gorgeous and there is not a weak link anywhere. All Grand Drive (and Danny George Wilson) albums are worth buying, but this is truly sensational. Soft Americana at its very best.
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on 23 October 2000
A great album. I bought it for my brother and he was singing it's praises within minutes of playing it. When I heard it I could only agree. It has edges of The Byrds, Miltown Brothers, and is a pleasing uplifting album of well written pop - it glows and shines in this era of manufactured pop chart singles.
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