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Ten Short Songs About Love
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With subtle influences from 60's soul to Steely Dan, this album showed a relfective, at times doubting, but never pessimistic view of what life and love are all about.
Written and by all accounts recorded at home, the domestic concerns of Dundee's first son shine through tracks like Make a Family and Sailing on the Stormy Waters. But it is the one-on-one of love that preoccupies Clark, at times hopeful and happy, at times desolate (try This is Why, J), at times a kick in the grinning teeth - Freefloating.
It is both the themes of the album and this last song that give echoes of Clark's Celtic cousin Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile, but Clark is altogether tighter and less dreamy than the impossibly romantic Glaswegian. His songs are sweet, yes, but also punchy - and never outstay their welcome.
One of the great riddles of our time is why Gary Clark is not more widely known. Listening to this delicate wee album again only deepens the mystery.
Im currently in the process,(& I know that I`m not alone!) of replacing all my old vinyl album collection with it`s newer, CD format. I had resigned myself to the fact, that some of the rarer,& more obscure albums & artists in my collection,would not be deemed worthy of a reissue by their record company & never reappear "Digitally Re-Mastered" for me to snap up, even CD`s that were not big sellers on release,were often quickly deleted,& just plain "Unavailable" up until recently.
Thankfully all that is rapidly changing & Lost in the many albums that are re-released & within our grasp once again, is this absolute gem, from Gary Clarke.
For the unititiated Gary was the singer/songwriter for the band "Meet Danny Wilson" Still no wiser?! their only real hit was "Marys Prayer" which was a good little pop single, & still gets a bit of airplay here & there, but as a band, they failed to set the world alight & in 1993 Gary went solo,& recorded "Ten Short Songs About Love" in a recording studio in his bedroom!!.
The album is a classic,"We sail on the stormy waters" is a massive tune with a great singalong pop chorus, just as "Freefloating" showcases another potentially great pop single, but with lovely production & a jazzy tip.
"Nancy" is a more "folky", driving acoustic song, that is again, instantly appealing & illustrates Gary Clarkes obvious talent & versatility.
The rest of the songs are also,all well worth the listen,
This is not simply a collection of individual,unconnected tunes,
They each play their part in making up what is a fine album.
It`s a mature,well rounded release & at the end of the last track you just cannot help but like the guy!!
I think great music is that which can bear repeated playing and still maintain its freshness and appeal - I've been playing this every day since I bought it two months ago and it still raise the hair on my neck with it's sheer gorgeousness.
As with Be Bop Mop Top this album was cruelly ignored in it's day - apparently three tracks were release as singles in 1993 - if you can't get massive succes with great, timeless tracks such as these what can you do?
Just buy it! You'll be listening to it for years!
I first heard of Gary Clark as 'Danny Wilson' on the album 'Meet Danny Wilson'. The first song was 'Mary's Prayer', that I never get sick of and then 'Davy' and 'Aberdeen'. Then later with 'The Second Summer Of Love' from 'Bebop Moptop' album. Then there is a compilation called 'Sweet' and 'The Best Of...' collection.
After his solo material he turned himself around and formed a band again called 'King L' with the excellent CD 'Grand Day For Gravity' with the opening track 'Tragedy Girl', 'All Hail The Alien Queen' and 'Life After You' such a gem of a record. Then once again he disappered again, never to be see or heard.
Then one day in a small local record store (Backbeat) in Belfast (my home town) They had the new batch of singles in for the week, and found a single called 'Dizzy Moon', with female singer by this new band called 'Transistor'. So I took the chance with the unsual title[...] and of home to play. Low and behold credits read Gary Clark. I sat and though no can't be, this is so different in style even for him, but I liked the track and off I went and got the CD 'Transistor' the album. This is an alternative rock/dance/chillout album. It took a few times to play, but it is a grower to get into, and indeed it was the one and only Gary Clark's new Band.
After this outing on plastic disk, once again he has gone AWOL, where are you now Gary.... The guy is a real talented artist/singer/song writer/ and multi styled musican, just like Todd Rundgren is. So "Please come out to play" (good title for an album mate), we fans are missing you. [...]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this album, Gary Clarks voice is fantastic, and great songs also.Published 2 months ago by Ricardo
I don't have to write a long review, as others have already done this. Suffice to say this a beautifully crafted gem, that doesn't really date, as far as I'm concerned. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2013 by S. Bateman
This is Gary Clark of Danny Wilson fame in a solo effort. Called "10 short songs about love" there's actually 12 songs. It starts out with "This is why J. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2010 by Neill Emmett
Gary Clark started life as the lead singer of the obscure group Danny Wilson, then when they got fed up of being asked "Which one is Danny? Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2009 by DARREN "Big Nose" WALKER
I`ve only just picked this up as I never even knew Gary had made a `solo` album after Danny Wilson.
I am delighted to say that anybody who ever liked Danny Wilson will not be... Read more
I remember seeing Danny Wilson live in the mid 80's and they were clearly a talented and polished outfit. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2004 by Mr. C. J. Burchell
Gary Clark's solo outing is not to be missed. The songs are songs of love and romance and the sentiments are clearly real. Read morePublished on 26 Sept. 2000 by email@example.com