23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2003
I suppose I am slightly biased being a Men at Work fan from the 80s,but this album is just fantastic, Men at Work fans have got to buy this as there are some great rejigged versions of old hits and album tracks,there are 2 completely different versons of "Down Under" and a new acoustic version of "Over kill"there are a couple of new releases which are very good on ther ear, my fav being "Love is Innocent"If anybody [let alone Men at Work or Colin's fans] have never heard "Waiting For MY Real Life To Begin" Then you have missed something, I'ts just so stirring and thought provocking.
If buy nothing else this year you must get this, you won't be disapointed.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2004
Colin Hay is one of those artists who has continued to produce some fantastic music while floating under the radar of most music lovers. Some really beautiful songs on this album that deserves to be heard by a much wider audience.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2007
Like others here, I rediscovered Colin Hay through his cameo appearance in 'Scrubs', singing the stripped down version of 'Overkill'. As a Forty-Something, naturally I remember Men At Work, and liked the hits at the time they first appeared (Oh My God.... was it really twenty five years ago ?!) Colin still has talent to spare, an increasingly rare commodity as record companies seem to have abandoned talent and musicianship in favour of looks and popularity.
So, to this album. A refreshing mixture of revised and re-recorded tracks. Most are acoustic or near acoustic, allowing both the strength of the writing and the lasting quality of Colin's vocals to shine through. That said, the tracks featuring a more polished and production-heavy aproach sound a little cheap and somewhat cheesy. However, these are in a distinct minority, and don't drag the whole venture down too far.
I would recommend this album to anyone who knew the story from the beginning. But I am sure anyone who appreciates well crafted songs, simply served up with humour and honesty will lap this up.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2005
I remembered watching an episode of 'SCRUBS' and seeing a character playing a guitar around the hospital. This, after major surfing, turned out to be Colin Hay from the 80's australian band 'Men at Work'.
The song he sang was 'Overkill' and this with others on the CD are very unplugged and guitar based. If you like folk, easy listening and soft rock music, then this CD will appeal to your taste. There are also two new versions of 'Down Under'
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2005
One of the best albums i have ever heard, saw him on scurbs love the song he did (overkill) and the whole album is as good as that song
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2006
'Stripped down' classics and newer material combine exceptionally well in this cd. I came across Colin Hay's solo work having purchased the soundtrack to Garden State and this cd didn't disappoint. I just hope he tours here soon.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2006
I've just came across this album and I'm definately gonna order it. Being a big "Scrubs" fan, I've heard of Colin Hay before, but didn't realise he was the lead singer from 'Men at Work'!! I love the song "Down Under" and the songs "overkill" and "Waiting for my real life to begin" are realy nice. My fave song of Colin Hay's has to be "Beautiful World". Not the kind of music I would normally have listened to, but I think he's great!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2012
Bought this after hearing the acoustic versions of some of Hays songs (Men at Work) on the TV series Scrubs. These versions I was after are refreshing and better than the originals and the track list as a whole are relaxing to listen to at home or in the car driving....... great stuff, one of my better purchases...... Highly recommended
on 19 February 2011
I am a really big fan of Scrubs and must watch it at least once everyday. Anyway, Scrubs use alot of varied music in its shows to greater enhance its stories, and about three songs are used that really caught my attention because there very good. So I did some research into who sings these tunes and I revealed that it is a musician named "Colin Hay", so I bought this album. He has a number of albums out but this one contains the songs that are used in Scrubs. Anyway, this album is excellent and the lyrics in some of songs are really deep and interesting. I would really recommend this album to anyway who loves good music.
Overall I rate this item 10/10.
on 4 March 2008
This really is an A-class album. Every song is listenable, and, what's more, different from the last. His vocal range might not be as ranging as other artists, but the instrument arrangements more than compensate; as do the smashing, simple and touching lyrics. This is probably the onlt album that I'd rate 5/5 from my own collection. Listen to 'overkill', 'Beautiful World', 'don't be afraid' and 'waiting for my real life to begin' first, though!