All Maps Welcome
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Recorded live over a three week period, All Maps Welcome features Toms English band and various members of Becks band, including Joey Waronker, Justin Meldal Johnsen and Lyle Workman. Tom McRaes self-titled debut album, released in 2000, announced the arrival of a rare and singular new talent. Its subsequent Mercury Prize and Brit nominations merely confirmed the insight and vision of Scott Walker, who had invited McRae to take part in his Meltdown Festival before hed even released a record. His second album, Just Like Blood (2003), was equally hailed by the critics and music buyers alike.
All Maps Welcome is the third album from singer-songwriter Tom McRae, perhaps one of British musics best kept secrets. Despite the critical acclaim (including a Mercury Prize nomination for his debut album), he still struggles to get the profile of fellow troubadour Damien Rice. Recorded in three weeks, with the assistance of members of Becks backing band, All Maps Welcome has an admirably low-key and raw sound. But as it deals with the dissolution of a long-term relationship, it does skirt worryingly close to wallowing in self-pity and lyrical self-indulgence--two things that McRae has never been known for. And with that as its subject matter, it hardly qualifies as a party record. If deep and thoughtful is your thing though, this is for you. --Robert Burrow
Top Customer Reviews
Never formulaic, there are, nevertheless, several tracks which follow the slow builder format of 'in with a whisper, out with a roar' but the initial impression of overdone quiet understatement at the start of the album is quickly dispelled by the power of the songs. This is an album that you can dip into, to a degree, unlike his previous two outings which gripped from start to finish. But rather than being the weaker for it, this is a strong collection of standouts with an overall theme, that can still immerse if you want it to.
Less intensely charged than Just Like Blood or the eponymous first album, All Map shows a more involving and open McRae with none of the dark brooding that he's occasionally shown. Those already in possession of Tom's previous two albums will expect there to be at least one truly powerful belter of a track a la Karaoke Soul and A and b song - this album does not disappoint with Silent Boulevard continuing that tradition.Read more ›
We've seen Tom twice live in concert, once in 2000 when he supported Dido - and it was that perfomance which encouraged us to become avid fans.
His musical talent is unquestionable - demonstrated to its best on this album, especially in 'Hummingbird Song', 'How the West Was Won' and 'Silent Boulevard', however it is difficult to pick out individual tracks on an album which is full of quality from start to finish.
It is therefore a shame that Mcrae hasn't broke through into the mainstream along with other singer-songwriters who, in my opinion are no where near as talented.
If you don't own this album - add it to your basket NOW as part of your Amazon order (then you'll also want the other two!).
A seriously good album, well produced and full of gems.
Tom does it again. Ok, it's not quite as consistant as either his self titled debut or the best album of 2003 "Just Like Blood" (which I still play very regularly), but that was going to be a difficult task and anyway there's a few quality tracks here that make up more than enough for this!
Tom had a problem while writing this, how to surpass the past two albums? It wasn't going to be an easy task, so how does Tom try to do this? He throws a couple of curve balls in... the first being the first track. Those fans used to Toms low key personal introspection are in for a bit of a surprise here. It's a brilliant opening track, and really does open up the first 5 tracks very well.
So he doesn't stray far from his chosen path, but why should he? A lot of people wanted more and that's what he's delivered to us. His music, lyrics and vocals touches us because it's intelligent and more importantly honest - a trait lacking in a lot of music.
No doubt his label will question him for having no singles; what they need to realise people like Tom McRae, Damien Rice, Tom Baxter, Nick Drake etc etc rarely have anything that is a Single and that they're Album Oriented and we don't care! We love this for the simple reason that it is good music.
This is the sort of album we'll be still listening to years down the line.
There are slight changes in style in certain songs, for instance opening track For the restless which has been deliberately pushed away from the epic quality of his usual style yet managing to sound all the more melancholy as a result. Likewise Strangest land with its russian funeral waltz sound suggests a possible future break in style while Silent blvd. pushes in a heavier sound only occasonally heard in Mcrae's music (One more Mile and Karaoke soul b-side Precious cargo being good examples of this). For the rest of the album I would say the term restrained-epic would probably suit best using tom's bitter-sweet voice over sparse guitars and well timed violins.
What about the negatives then. There is really nothing really to complain about apart from one thing that strikes me as a little disappointing being so accustomed to Tom's trademark sound.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a late comer to Tom McRae who, thanks to Amazon, now owns all his albums - this album is the best by miles! Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by john begbour
I am a big Tom McRae fan, and this CD does not disappoint. Some cracking hidden gems on this CD, well worth buying, whether a fan or notPublished on 3 May 2013 by Brockster
A brilliant album. This was the Tom McRae album I'd bought, and since then I've bought all of his others. This is a brilliant artist and I've been enjoying his work for months now. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2012 by Crystal Cavalier
Sublime, buy it now. Your life will be better with this record in it! All of Tom's albums are great.Published on 23 Sept. 2011 by Jimbob
Several years on I love this record and play it over and over again. When I first bought it I was disappointed, as I'd been with Just Like Blood - I'd been bowled over by the first... Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2009 by K. Mead
This is by far and away my favourite Tom McRae album, full of soaring, anthemic and soulful tracks. Stand-out tracks for me include The Girl Who Falls Downstairs, How The West was... Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2006 by Swiss Tony
This is quite simply another magnificent album from a super talented guy. I don't understand how someone like James Blunt gains mainstream acceptance and McRae is still relatively... Read morePublished on 15 July 2006 by Aussie pom