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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Attack Attack
  • ASIN: B000089CFK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
Justin Sullivan, the voice of New Model Army, returns with this thoughtful and at times mournful solo album.
His voice is unmistakable and his delivery faultless on this collection of self penned masterpieces easily as good as anything NMA produced collectively. The songs are moving and haunting, Ghost Train is a stand alone classic. The single, Navigating By The Stars, is a simple example of what is on offer here. If you like NMA at their most sensitive (Green and Grey etc) then this album is a must for you.
What a pity it is that, in these days of sanitised and record company created pop dross, this album will not get the exposure it deserves. Marvellous.
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I have been a fan of Justin and New Model Army for dare i say- decades. I bought "great Expectations" on 7" vinyl when in my teens , and I am nearing 37 with "Navigating". He has never let me down, and has remained, not only one of my Heroes but a consistant artist of the finest calibre.
"Navigating.." is the sound of a singer/songwriter at his best. Haunting, evocative,stripped down to acoustic nakedness, yet layered with double bass, harmonica, strings, sounds of the sea and believe it or not, even a choir.
These songs are beautiful and yet powerful. They speak of solitude and passion, of nature and pain... a soundscape for sailors lost at sea, or beggars crashed out between the highrises.
It is a very valid, yet heartbreaking point made that this music will not recieve the exposure it deserves. As Albums go, "Navigating .." ranks alongside Kate Bush -Hounds of Love, David Gray- White ladder, Tom waits- Small Change, .. It sounds timeless and has all the marks of an album that will be as elegant in ten generations time as it is now. In a world drowning in dross it will be a lifebelt for lost souls for years to come.
A masterpiece,please buy this album.
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... I've been playing and re-playing for weeks like I haven't done since my teens. While Justin's first real solo venture (there's also the rare live recording "Big Guitars in Little Europe") is a definite must-have for any New Model Army afficionado, the album's quiet, melancholy character gives it a much wider appeal. People have bugged Justin about a solo project, but he chose to deliver in good time and has now set in stone his reputation as one of the most gifted songwriters around.
The title already suggests the work's seafaring Leitmotiv, a childhood fascination of the artist's already woven into many NMA songs. Keyboard, string arrangements and the sparing use of percussion help create the enthralling backdrop of calm, flow, and warmth to Justin's charismatic voice and the domineering acoustic guitar. Among the contributors to Ty Unwin's perfect arrangements are bass legend Danny Thompson and NMA's own Michael Dean and Dean White.
While there is a substantial amount of new material among the twelve songs, some are already familiar to his live audiences, but the new renditions should come as a most welcome surprise. Justin is currently on tour promoting Navigating; more info available from the NMA homepage. A first single has also been released and while Twilight Home is not one of my favourites, the accompanying Sooner or Later ranks up there with the many unforgettable songs from the album. Blue Ship and Ocean Rising are my current favourites, but one has a feeling that there is always more to be discovered...
To conclude: a truly oceanic masterpiece that's worth every penny!
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Format: Audio CD
I don't normally review my purchases but this I had to give credit to. More mellow than the hard hitting anthems of the New Model Army days. An amazing album from one of the greatest songwriters around. Beautifully haunting but at the same time catchy tunes that I found myself singing as soon as I heard them. One of those rare cd's that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
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Justin Sullivan is a man who may need an introduction, as he is not exactly what you would call a household name. He is best known as the front man of the band New Model Army, a powerhouse of angst and energy that burst on the scene as the dying embers of punk were fading to dust. From the early eighties to the present, NMA were a law unto themselves, delivering an individual brand of rock that established an almost tribal devotion in its followers. Theirs was a street wise down to earth view of everyday life, their songs were filled with passion and emotion and their music had the ability to make you feel. Whether a slow haunting introverted number or a punk frenzied headlong charge, the music always connected with the audience in some way, had the ability to make them experience the message in the song on emotional level, a quality that is sadly lacking in much of today's music.

The band are still working as hard as ever and it is probably a sign of how much time the band takes of Sullivan's time that it was not until 2003, over twenty years down the road of being the driving force of NMA, that he got around to recording an album in his own name. The songs were written in the aftermath of the September the eleventh, and Sullivan admits that...

"Like everyone, it took me quite a while to recover from watching those events and taking in the aftermath. However, strangely, I didn't feel like writing an angry song. In some ways I'd already written so many songs about September 11th before it happened, that I wanted to do the opposite. In a world where so much anger, cruelty and ugliness had just boiled to the surface, my instinct was to go the other way and to make something beautiful.
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