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  • Audio CD (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Performing Chimp Records
  • ASIN: B00G0TRAGC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Featuring the Youtube hit singles Passionflower, Ain't Nobody and Message In A Bottle. The record is a thrilling and evocative collection of music without boundaries, an attribute which Jon is keen to emphasise came from the lack of record label involvement, with fan funding giving him complete creative control. Across 10 tracks the album captures the thrilling live energy that comes from his unique combination of haunting, angelic vocals and exquisitely complex and rhythmic finger-style guitar playing. The music is entirely created with Jon's acoustic guitar affectionately known as Wilma, with no other bass, percussion, loops or overdubs used to produce the unique sound of this album.

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Masterpieces inflected with tribal rhythms, pop melodic sense and Gomm s flowing, draped over vocals that would surely make even Eric Clapton blush. --National Post (Canada)

A one-man symphony, fusing so many different strands of music together and straddling the gulf between blues and drum n bass, western rock n roll and Asian influences to create something unique and captivating. --Isle Of Man Today

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I have been watching Jon Gomm's career since the release of his debut album 'Hypertension' with a fair amount of awe and considerable bemusement. His skill as a guitarist, songwriter and singer is there for all to see yet it has taken over 12 years for him to start receiving the recognition he deserves. Thanks to the power of social media (and Stephen Fry) Jon's star has risen considerably and 'Secrets Nobody Keeps' shows that he is deserving of every bit of the success that has came his way.

The album was funded by a pledge campaign and has captured the sound that you get live with Jon. Opening with the jazz tinged 'Telepathy' you would swear that you are listening to a band in some smoke fill basement club rather than one man and an acoustic guitar. The one track that many will have previously heard thanks to Youtube is 'Passionflower' and it is a beautiful mix of East meets West sounds that play with harmonics giving the song an etherial ambiance.

His cover of the Chaka Khan classic 'Ain't Nobody' stays true to the songs groove but the added percussive slap and skill in inter-weaving the melody is just magical. Another cover given the Gomm treatment is 'Message In A Bottle'. The Police were a band who knew how to play with dynamics and space so I'm sure they would approve of this very different take on the song.

It is hard to pick favourites from a record that delivers on all 10 tracks but I keep finding myself hitting the repeat button with the stunning 'Everything', the instrumental 'Wukan Motorcycle Kid' (written about the Siege of Wukan in China) and the glouriously titled instrumental 'Orville (The Secret Of Learning To Fly Is Forgetting To Hit The Ground)'.

This is an accomplished and 'grown up' album from one of the most unique and inspiring musician around.
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4 years in the waiting, the follow up to Don't Panic has arrived!!!

I was lucky enough to hear this shortly after production and these were my initial thoughts.

Telepathy opening is like a prologue setting you up for the album. You don't expect that as a track 1, but it's the perfect place for it to be. I can see this fast becoming a gigging distortion noise fest. The guitar sounds really intimate which is perfect to draw you in.

Ain't Nobody, nice choice of fx, just on the weird side of cool. I must learn the words properly as I end up singing the first verse over and over, wrongly...

No need to be Afraid is clearly the tearjerker, but in a positive way. The vocal is brilliant and the sax accompaniment like an encouraging familiar voice.

Wukan Motorcycle Kid fills the room as I type this in a big way. It's like a film score, I love the phrasing and pauses. When you know the story behind the song, you will see how this paints an amazing picture.

Deep Cut= Ace That is a GROOVE. It's solid and of course Tash's vocal and sax are effortlessly cool. Awesome bass and duetting at the end too. Percussion sounds really crisp. All round win. I did expect to hear a Lee Scratch Perry style dub delay... but maybe that would have been cheesy... I would still loved that though. I also love cheese.

Orville I had never heard before and is dangerous to drive to for hand tapping. Again, really clear individual elements and brilliant mix.

Passionflower is really cool slower and much simpler without the fx on your vox. I think I prefer this version and another great rendition of Message in a bottle.

Dance of the last Rhino is like a weird mix of Knopfler with a twin peaks vibe. Both those things spring to mind.
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I would give it five stars for the first track alone. An accomplished guitarist with a good ear for arrangement.
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saw some clips on MTV and liked the sounds so much I bought the album, Keep them sounds coming Jon.
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I saw this guy on Guitar Star as a coach - he's fantastic. If not sure check him out on You Tube like millions of other have. Should be a an absolute superstar.
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I don't like putting music in boxes. If you like music played on acoustic guitar with skill, flair and individuality, then this is worth a listen.
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