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  • Audio CD (14 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000MTOSQ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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2007 release, the fourth from this Mercury Prize-nominated British singer/songwriter whose sensitive style has drawn comparisons to Nick Drake, David Gray and Colplay (amongst others). With King Of Cards, McRae continues down the same emotional path, but with a rich, undeniable warmth in the production that may help introduce him to a wider audience. 11 tracks including 'Set The Story Straight' and 'Bright Lights'.

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like the first two reviewers, I joined the online listening party. The songs really grew on me and all these weeks later I still have the melodies floating about in my head. The one that really got to me was "lord, how long". It sounded like a hymn - the words sounded like a prayer - and the more I listened the more it seemed to be speaking about Iraq/Afghanistan and the endless bloodshed on all sides.

What else can I say - his voice is beautiful, textured, wondrous, the cello is definitely still there, and the man can write songs.
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I base this review on the streaming party Tom McRae had of his new record on his website, and on his live performances of some of those songs. I think I have some sort of musical ADD, as I find most artists entertaining for a short while, but then get bored. Tom McRae is the opposite for me- the songs on King of Cards draw you deeper and deeper in on each listen. McRae's lyrics pack his typical punch, laced with a sharp wit and yet also deep empathy. My favorites (today!) on King of Cards are "Got a Suitcase, Got Regrets"- because of the perfect build-up that has me belting out the chorus; "Keep Your Picture Clear"- because of its snazzy beat and Tom's venom and "Ballad of Amelia Earhart"- because of its nostalic tenderness. The songs on this record are all so different yet all gorgeously produced. I can't wait to get it!
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This is Tom's fourth album and probably the only one that surpasses it is his second, 'Just Like Blood'. The album immediately grabs your attention with the pounding beat of 'Set the Story Straight' and follows this with the the gloriously upbeat 'Bright Lights'. Sometimes listening to a Tom McRae album everything can seem rather samey but this time he seems to have chosen a good variety of tracks to keep you enagaged all the way through. 'Keep Your Picture Clear' has makes excellent use of Tom's voice to create a clam menace in probably the most political song on the album, whilst 'One Mississippi' is in my opinion the stand out track, everything you could want from a Tom McRae track.

This is an album that will win over new people in a way that 'All Maps Welcome' probably cannot. Tom clearly knows how to write a good tune and while his vocals would never win on the X-Factor (as no self respecting singer-songwriter's should), they have a fragile charm that suits perfectly the subjects he writes about. If you only buy one Tom McRae album, buy 'Just Like Blood' but after that, this is definately the one to go for.
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The Tom McRae we knew and loved has evolved. Before we had 'music to slit your wrists to' of the highest quality, now we have songs that retain what we loved about the old stuff but this time will actually be played on the radio.

That Tom writes beautiful, inspired and passionate music goes without question. It was never happy enough to get airtime, though and he ended up with a cult of devotees ensuring sold out concerts all over Europe and to an extent America, his albums never did as well as they deserved to. This time he's written a few happy songs (don't worry there are still a few bleak ones there) and is heading for the Bright Lights with this offering.

I don't own this but sreamed it all several times for his website on Friday and went to see him live yesterday. There's some fantastic stuff on this one.
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By Jaaaaaam VINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2008
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I'll be honest, I only listened to it twice. And maybe it's because I'm such a fan of the other 3 albums that I am so disappointed by this work, but to me it seemed middle of the road and deliberately radio-friendly, completely devoid of any consistent musical or lyrical interest. The ability is still there as one might expect, in every song there is a moment or two that engages me, a flash of brilliance if you like, but then it always seems to be followed by something hollow and predictable that blunts the edge. I think Tom is a funny, intelligent and talented man but he is capable of so much more than this, there are a million singer-songwriters that could have come up with this album.
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I seem to measure my life not in years but Tom McRae albums these days. His previous (third album) All Maps Welcome, was by his high standards not the full Tom so I was hoping that this his fourth collection would proove it was a minor blip.

Having heard these songs after being given the chance to stream them from his website several weeks before release, they have had a chance to grow in me. Some artists songs hooks get in you and even though enjoyable there is a lack of balance and they can almost be too catchy. However I woke up today with the gentle melody in my head of Got a Suitcase, Got Regrets swishing around like waves up an Australian beach.

I have no worries now about Tom being washed out as this is another exceptionally fine album.

I don't think it will be his White Ladder but maybe someday he might well get that even richer seam of commercial form in the studio. I'll be very content though if I reach 'forty' if they are all as good as this.
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What? Tom McRae doing up-tempo pop songs? Surely not! Well, not quite, but there are two or three moments which are driven at a speed which is most unfamiliar to Mr McRae. The sort of speed that if he hit a child, they'd still survive, but only just. Normally, he is such a careful driver, too. Contained within this album there is still the old touch of beautiful tragedy to remind us of the place where Tom used to live. Paranoia, fear, isolation and the other dark subjects which Tom always seems to write about are still there. In these tracks lie the album's best moments. His garden these days isn't all rosy, but there are some flowers blooming there. Here's hoping for a long winter before his next album.
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