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on 26 November 2012
I stumbled across Mike Rosenberg busking in St. Anne's Square, Manchester a little under two years ago and can honestly say I was completely taken aback and mesmerised from the first line of his first song. A true modern singer/songwriter, similarities have been suggested between him and the great Cat Stevens (not without reason either!), his voice is unique and he has an amazing talent for writing clever lyrics, sometimes humorous, sometimes touching but always somehow getting the balancing act just right - never overly maudlin or saccharin-sweet.

This is a man who lives for his music - once a member of the band Passenger (who played Glastonbury and were featured on BBC Radio 1) he kept the moniker after the group disbanded, and now he busks and performs not to become rich or famous, but to make a modest living and to cover the production and recording costs of his next record - because he appreciates that life is a journey and making music is what he loves to do.

All The Little Lights is his 4th album as a solo recording artist ('Divers & Submarines', 'Wide Eyes, Blind Love' and his collaboration record 'Flight of the Crow' coming before it) and the larger production budget on this record really shows, with a much more polished end product than his earlier records. You'll be pleased to know that his lyrical ability remains untouched however, and the album has a lovely flow to it with brighter melodic tunes interspersed amongst his classic acoustic sounds. In a neat touch Passenger has also included acoustic live versions of certain tracks, which really allow his voice to shine through in a way studio-produced material never can.

This record (and artist) really is a ray of light in an otherwise largely dark and murky current world of rehashed classic records, heavily sampled chart music and manufactured artists. I strongly urge anyone with an interest in good original easy listening music to pick this record up (especially at the bargain price of £4!) and experience one of the most exciting and enjoyable upcoming names in music for yourselves.

Passenger is currently supporting Ed Sheeran on his UK and European Tour, before setting out on his own UK, European, US and Australian tours from January 2013 so if you like what you hear, go see him whilst you can! Buckle up and enjoy the ride, I feel you'll be hearing a lot more of this musician in the next year or two!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 October 2013
Mike Rosenberg has a soft and fragile, but very distinctive voice, and I first heard it on the radio via his emotional breakthrough single 'Let It Go'. I played this haunting track to death on Spotify and decided to check out the rest of the songs on the mother album 'All The Little Lights', after hearing only 30 second clips on Amazon, I knew that I had to have it.

Whilst I still regard 'Let It Go' as the best track out of twelve, the whole album is very easy to enjoy. The music is mostly acoustic and if you listen to the lyrics, you'll be able to hear that they are real and honest, sometimes depressing and sometimes funny. The whole record is very catchy and playable, with highlights like 'Holes' and 'The Wrong Direction'. The instrument range is varied, myself (and I assume most people) can really relate to the lyrics, and I can't imagine anyone not getting some enjoyment out of 'All The Little Lights'.

I think that Mike is very talented young man, and if he continues to make music like this, he has a very good future ahead of him.
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on 18 December 2013
I bought All The Little Lights after just seeing Mike Rosenberg sing his hit song, Let Her Go, on Jools Holland's 'Later' and have not been disappointed (unlike most other artists I buy from limited hearing). I listen to the album in the car repeatedly and cannot fault it in any way. As a folkie musician myself I like to think I'm pretty discerning and there's not much I haven't heard before but Passenger is really something fresh, original, bright, literate, interesting, insightful and full of a strange kind of joy (despite some rather dark lyrics in places). Also, having checked out interviews and YouTube clips, Mike Rosenberg comes across as a genuinely modest and decent bloke. Disarmingly honest in fact.
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on 14 January 2013
Saw Passenger when he came to Belfast and supported Ed Sheeran. WOW this fella is like a male Tracy Chapman..This Album feels like a very very accomplished polished album from an very talented fella indeed...I just love it. Every song is like a theme tune. I predict he's gonna be heard everywhere and for good reason. Such a talent. Booked to see him again :) Buy this album. You will NOT be disappointed..
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on 4 July 2013
I was intrigued with the single and bought this album on a whim and wasn't disappointed. When I first hear his voice I thought it sounded incredibly like Paolo Nutini which isn't a bad thing as I have a few of Paolo's albums. I love the quality of the lyrics on this album which is scarce these days(not all artists I might add) It makes me want to check out the other albums now. Good luck Mike on a lengthy stay on the pop scene. Definitely no one-hit wonder.
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on 22 June 2013
This is possibly the best albumi have boughtin the last 5 years. Wonderful it gives me goose bumps every timei listen to it. Lyrics are so great you know when you listen and can empathise with it. Much love uncle ben.
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on 20 January 2014
I had't heard of "Passenger" before I decided to sample "All the Little Lights" after Amazon included it in my recommendations. I immediately ordered the CD after listening to the mp3 samples on Amazon. It is beautiful and I have been playing it constantly over the last few weeks. As an old folk - music fan, it has encouraged me to listen to more young contemporary folk talent (e.g Seth Lakeman). I have since purchased another Passenger CD and it will not be the last!
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on 8 September 2013
Bought this on the strength of the single (Let Her Go) on my daughter's NOW85 CD. Initially I found his voice a bit 'twee', especially the way he says 'pockit' instead of pocket, but after a few listens I can get past that and appreciate the lyrical depth and the intricate yet simple arrangements.

I like my children to be able to listen to all of my music (giving them a range of musical styles that go back to the 60s rather than what the latest TV-generated pop 'idol' is putting out) and apart from one or two tracks, most of the music I have from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s is clean to listen to. Not so more recent artists, and this is one of them.

One of the benefits of the NOW series (only more recently - I think earlier issues still had foul language on them) is that they either sell the radio (sanitised) version, or simply cut out the swear words, leaving a hole in the sound. However, with an album you get the lot. I'm all for an artist expressing themselves and not having their work censored, and I'm no prude (Working Class Hero by John Lennon is one of my favourite tracks) but I do have young children and I don't want them repeating song lyrics that contain swearing or abusive messages. It's a shame that artists feel they have to swear in their lyrics to 'be cool' - it detracts from the usually excellent musicianship and singing that they produce. If you want to mark up your iTunes or other music media listings, the swearing tracks are 1, 3, 10 and 12.

Having said all that, it's a great album and I have since ordered two other Passenger CDs to hear more of them (although I realise that this CD is only the lead singer and earlier CDs are the group).
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on 9 April 2013
This was the first album I've ever bought, as I've decided that I should start collecting CD's rather than using other methods to aquire music.

You get two discs, the second being an acoustic version, which is nice, but the first disc is absolutely fantastic music. Every track is great, and there's even some subtle humour on one of the tracks. A great way to add to (or start) a music collection! Worth every penny.
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on 31 May 2013
I love this album. There have not been many albums which have moved me on first listen; moved me to want to review it; moved me enough to instantly want more; moved me enough to remind me why I fell in love with music; moved me enough to regret having taken a sabbatical, amidst a busy and hectic life, from listening and loving music for what it can be: musical poetry and astute lyricism.

Sweet eyt rough; articulate and poignant; touching yet uplifting. Welcome home, music.
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