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  • Audio CD (8 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Redemption Records Uk Ltd
  • ASIN: B00006AL5P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,764 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Over you
  2. Surf
  3. Small world
  4. I can't start now
  5. Abloom
  6. Tough
  7. Big Ben
  8. High class music
  9. Turning the world around
  10. Mixed up love
  11. For what it was

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Roddy Frame - Surf - Cd

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The second solo album by the former Aztec Camera songwriter is as lo-fi as they come: Surf is Roddy Frame's voice, and Frame's acoustic guitar, recorded in Frame's front room. From a lesser singer, guitarist and songwriter--which is to say, just about any singer, guitarist or songwriter--this might have resulted in a work that was tiresomely monochromatic, or indigestibly ascetic. From Roddy Frame, it is a joy. One of the trademark delights of Aztec Camera albums was the solo acoustic vignette that closed them ("Down The Dip" from High Land, Hard Rain, "The Birth Of The True" from Knife, "Killermont Street" from Love, "Song For A Friend" from Stray) and Surf is basically a comp! lete album of such tracks.

The songs on Surf stand comparison with the best Frame has written. At times, it almost sounds a companion piece to Aztec Camera' precocious debut, High Land, Hard Rain, released when Frame was a teenager: the reliance on acoustic guitars and pure melody is similar, but where High Land, Hard Rain was suffused with optimism for the journey ahead, Surf looks back on the road travelled with some regret, considerable bemusement, and a final redemptive acceptance of the way things are. Frame, still not 40, is embarking on middle age as gracefully as could have been hoped.--Andrew Mueller

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Roddy Frame follows no path but his own. The critics can say what they want but I think he's leagues ahead of just about every singer/songwriter in this country. This cd will break your heart with the power of its lyrics and melodies. The North Star (Roddy's last album) was a masterpiece that few people ever got to hear, now he's made an even better record. If you think you can write a song, give it up now. Mr Frame has already out written and out played you before you've even picked up your guitar. I won't spoil this record for you so all I'll say is there's eleven tracks played unplugged with no ego or vanity in sight. Frame sings from the heart and that's where his songs will hit you. Let your curiosity guide you.
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Just when you thought Roddy had reached his creative peak with the excellent North Star he produces this mini masterpiece. It takes real performing and writing talent to carry off this minimalistic piece and Mr. Frame has it in bucketloads. A voice which whispers, muses, soars and torches in turns and which has matured remarkably since his last outing; lyrics and phrasing which probe and pinpoint the real and often wistful experience of someone approaching mid-life; melodies which tease and soothe and excite; topped-up with a virtuoso acoustic guitar performance which adds power and dynamics to this rivetting collection of songs. You won't hear better songs this year - if ever - don't waste your money on anything less moving. Love. Neil
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This is the follow-up to his first solo album “Northern Star”, for this release “Mr Frame” has gone for the low-fi approach.
I mean when I say this is that gone are the trappings of a recording studio we the audience are treated to an artist brave enough to sing and just play his guitar and nothing else no rhythm section, no backing of any kind, this raw and honest approach is a refreshing change.
When I listened closely to the lyrics of the songs I couldn’t help but think these words feel like they are ripped out of writer’s soul, the feelings of loss and heartache sound to real not to be autobiographical.
This is a man who hasn’t sold a lot of records lately compared to his commercial highs of the 80’s with his band "Aztec Camera", but instead of going for the big flashy comeback he has recorded a collection of songs in the true troubadour tradition and doing so has given his listeners a true insight into himself.
As the opening track begins “Over You” you can feel the grief and loss in the man’s voice. The title track sounds like a man at a loss of what to do this he conveys with the lines, “Trail my thoughts, show me the way to the heart of her, I’m Half-lost, wondering if I should follow, Or lay low, real heartbreaking tracks, I don’t know if all the tracks are about the same person or abut all his loves throughout his life. The remaining songs are just as intense as the first 2; this album is a collection of classic tracks in the making.
This is a set of 11 songs to listen to with a box of tissues at your side, as this is real emotions and feelings exposed for the entire world to feel and hear…
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"Small World" the theme tune for the wonderful Early Doors comedy lead me to this utter gem of an album from the former Aztec Camera front man. I found ten other beautifully crafted tracks with the simplicity of one man singing along to his acoustic guitar. But, what a singer and what a player. It certainly reminds me of Nick Drake's "Bryter Later" from which Frame, like so many others clearly drew inspiration.Highlights are the said "Small World" and "Tough", but the most outstanding track is the achingly beautiful "I can't Start Now". I just cannot recommend this album highly enough. Go on, treat yourself.
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After years of being asked, 'when are you going to make an acoustic album', Roddy Frame has finally done it with 2003's SURF. After 22 years of superlative recording he has managed to record his masterpiece. This is Roddy's 'Blonde on Blonde', his 'Songs for Swingin' Lovers', his 'Sgt Pepper'. The music and lyrics are as intelligent, inventive and addictive as you might expect - but the real revelation is Roddy's astonishing voice. There is not a male singer-songwriter in the world today who is not eclipsed by the gifts on show here. I've had this CD for two years, but I still can't stop playing it, and having seen Roddy perform many of these songs live recently I expect to be playing it almost constantly for a long time to come. Sad, touching, evocative, lyrical, funny, sardonic, heart-breaking - this is a towering achievement.
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During 20 years in the music business, Roddy Frame has made 6 superb albums as the frontman, singer, guitarist and songwriter (and only permanent member) of Aztec Camera, and this year released his second album as a solo artist "Surf". For the first time, arguably the greatest Scottish singer-songwriter of his generation has recorded an album completely unplugged - with no drums, keyboards, electric guitars or backing singers. What remains is one man playing an acoustic guitar and singing his heart out, and the emotional effect is perhaps more powerful and long-lasting than on any of his previous (more ambitious) musical productions. This US import is definitely worth getting for 2 extra songs that are not included on the UK release...
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