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Trouble Is Real
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2005
Johnathan Rice is currently being whispered all over US and UK, and his gorgeous album, Trouble is Real, explains just why. This Scottish/American singer songwriter glides and pounds his way through a vast amalgamation of alternative rock, folk and his own sincere style. Haunting strings accompanied by stunning lyrics put him in a league way beyond Damien Rice (no, they aren't related) and James Blunt.
His talent is expressed in all sixteen songs, stand out tracks being 'Mid November', 'I Wouldn't Miss It for The World' and the heart wrenching 'Acrobat.' For a listen before buy you can listen to all tracks on his official website. I can guarantee you'll be running to the shops before the first song is barely begun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2005
Johnathan Rice is currently being whispered all over US and UK, and his gorgeous album, Trouble is Real, explains just why. This Scottish/American singer songwriter glides and pounds his way through a vast amalgamation of alternative rock, folk and his own sincere style. Haunting strings accompanied by stunning lyrics put him in a league way beyond Damien Rice (no, they aren't related) and James Blunt.
His talent is expressed in all sixteen songs, my favourite being the heart wrenching 'Acrobat.' For a listen before buy you can listen to all tracks on his official website. I can guarantee you'll be running to the shops before the first song is barely begun.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2005
I saw Johnathan Rice support REM and immediately went out to buy this album. Emotional and empassioned, Johnathan's voice is deep reaching to the listener and as a result is quite haunting. I've found some of these songs caught in my head day after day. For reasons lost to me the best songs are at the end of the album. "The Acrobat", the awesome "Stay at Home" and the beautifully brief "Put me in your Holy War" are all brilliant. The stand out recording "Salvation Day" leaves me thinking his next record will be rockier. Highly Reccommended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2005
The whispered name right now in the US and the UK is singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice. He has the potential to be and achieve great things and is increasingly becoming someone people want to hear about. Sometimes it's best for refreshingly great music to remain indescribable to prevent the over-use of superlatives and to refrain from being anything but objective. So what kind of music does Johnathan Rice exhibit? Music has become so expansive over the last decade that it can no longer be neatly slotted into a genre. So, Johnathan Rice: alternative rock, folk, country, all of the above? Quite possibly so.
Trouble is Real is the long awaited debut album of the Scottish/ American singer songwriter, produced by the acclaimed Mike Mogis. With an impressive 16 tracks the album promises to take listeners on a journey across a vast amalgamation of musical styles and influences; listening to the album as though your ears were tuning into a number of different radio stations as each track progresses. The lyrics themselves could be bound and published in their own entity; insightful, expressive, emotive, reflective and sincere.
Picking the album apart track by track at this point would be like someone segregating food ingredients on your dinner plate as you sit down to eat what looks like an interesting looking meal (can I not just eat it and figure it out myself) Has that ever happened to anyone- no me either but you can see the metaphor right? So I will opt to briefly mention just a few randomly chosen tracks. Mid-November invites an orchestra of strings into the mix encompassed by Rice's haunting vocals and pensive lyrics. Like Kiss me Goodbye, So Sweet fuses a more rocky edge to the album with its mind seeping chorus and bass undertones. Lady Memphis enters the country folk side of Rice with its quirky melody and foot tapping groove. City on Fire is lyrically powerful and takes the listener back to a haunting melody with Rice's quivering vocals contrasted by the inclusion of harp as well as a string ensemble. Salvation Day begs to be listened with the amps turned up high to enable this simple yet gritty rock track to have its layers explored. Finally, Acrobat sees Rice take it back to his acoustic guitar roots with a folk feel and his eloquently haunting vocals.
So to culminate what has got to be one of the, how shall we put this, outlandish looking review, Trouble is Real is sure to prove a great step in what promises to be a great future for Johnathan Rice and is definitely worth a listen, to not only clarify what the hell i'm wittering on about but to feed and satisfy your musical appetite.
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