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The Graceless Age Double CD

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  • Audio CD (6 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Rubyworks
  • ASIN: B00BP18QSQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Ballad of the Pajama Kid
  2. California
  3. Little Colored Balloons
  4. Photograph
  5. Things We Lost in the Fire
  6. No Te Da Ganas De Reir
  7. Southern Sky
  8. If I'm to Blame
  9. Penny Nails
  10. Thorn Tree in the Garden

Disc: 2

  1. California
  2. I Need You
  3. It Ain't Alright
  4. Porch Light
  5. Weighted Down
  6. Yr Lil Sister

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Every now and then an album comes along that blows me away, it doesn't happen all that often anymore but it does still happen and `The Graceless Age' falls firmly into that category. I didn't really know much about John Murry before getting this record but I now feel I know him intimately and through this amazing album I can feel his pain, in the words of Bob Dylan there is definitely blood on the tracks along with sweat, tears and a whole host of other emotions. Right from the opener `The Ballad of the Pajama Kid' with its Pearl Jam meets `Knocking on Heaven's Door' mash up you can just tell this is going to be a special record and there is no better example of his self-confessional approach as the ten minute `Little Colored Balloons' the sparse piano, cello and minimal gospel hues underpin the true story of Murry's heroin overdose, he was dead for several minutes before being revived. It has shades of Jason Spaceman's confessionals on `Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space' but whereas he went grand with big sounds and production Murry is content with a stripped bare approach letting the sordid tale and his cracked and bruised vocal speak for itself. The innocent title refers to the way the drug was dispensed in his home town in coloured balloons. Guitars, strings and Hammond organ are often layered throughout punctuated by sounds clipped from police broadcasts, radio shows and television, distant voices are present but lost in the compositions perhaps reflecting how Murry felt in the world at the time when he was in the throes of his addictions. Lyrically it is deep and dark but musically it can sound like R.E.M., Jim White, Sparklehorse and in its more atmospheric sections not too dissimilar to Smog.Read more ›
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I'm not a regular reviewer but I just strongly feel this superb record deserves the widest possible audience. I only picked up on it via a track on a free Cd with Uncut magazine who also gave it a rave. John Murry has clearly had a tough life, but out of his suffering has come this cathartic masterpiece which was four years in the making. The style isn't innovative; it's got a little bit of a country feel but is above all Americana rock which is dripping with anger and hurt. Most importantly the songs are genius. It reminds me of John Grant, or even of some of Springsteen's solo stuff but is even better. Album of the year so far without a doubt.
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I too discovered this album via a free track on an Uncut CD, and haven't stopped listening to it since. It's one of the best Lps I've heard this year - dark, brooding American country-folk topped off by Mr Murry's battle-worn voice. A thing of beauty.
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I found out about John Murry reading an old Uncut my brother gave me. Decided to buy the album from reading the live review. What a happy accident. It's the best album I've heard in years. Up there with Mark Lanegans Bubblegum though probably a better piece of work. The music, lyrics and vocals are deep and moving. I think it's going to reward repeated listens and straight after it finished I thought 'I have to play this again as it drew me in so much. Albums at their best are a complete body of work with themes running through them. This is true here. Please enter John Murry's world, it's not an easy ride but bears rich rewards for your spirit and soul.
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This is a must have, if you like your music with the nerve ends exposed.John exorcises his old demons with an honesty and vulnerability seldom heard in the sanitised,anodyne offerings of many would be singer/songwriters.Delve into his background to get a flavour of where he's been, and the life experiences that inform this album.It has taken four years to bring it out,for various reasons.Chuck Prophet is a good friend, and assisted in the process.He's coming to the UK in the new year and I'll be seeing him at the voodoo rooms in Edinburgh in January. As a guide to the albums greatness,it has been included in the Uncut albums of the year,and only twenty make it through.Buy it and it will keep on giving.
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I heard this album from a friend who had previously heard one of MY earlier John Murry albums and we both agree how powerfull Mr Murry's song writing is.
The 10 songs on offer here are all haunting and vary in time length somewhat.. my own favourite .. the strangely titled LITTLE COLOURED BALLOONS is a 10 minute beauty/ beast of a song.. it practically bleeds out the lyrics. John certainly knows how to tell a story in his words. He also invents a new music offshoot with this, it sounds like a Prog Folk variation here.
His music also blends the beautiful musical passages with heart breaking words that compliment each other rather well I found too that my head sings his lyrics constantly like they're tattooed there forever. I think that if this fellows music was a movie it would be classed as PG, similar to the effect that THE EXORCIST had in the 70s.. you may even hide behind the couch when playing this too.
I recently attended a gig in Glasgow where John appeared and it was terrific, He played several songs from this album and even the crowd fave Little Coloured balloons. He was surprisingly funny too, he spoke to the crowd between songs and showed a real dry wit along with his sombre words.
My wife was not so impressed with his work = she thought he was unclear with his Southern drawl.. There again, the set was not a happy listen, more a brutal battering of the verbal kind.
He certainly wears his heavy heart on a talented sleeve and I was honoured to later speak to the gentleman and found him very pleasant.
As for this wonderfull CD.... I think it's going to be played often... but a word of warning.. don't play it alone with the lights out.
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