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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00066D1YK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Where the Humans Eat, the debut full-length album from this Martha's Vineyard native, is a sweet and soulful testament to youth's subtle, inherent brilliance. This is no ordinary teenager; he's a charming, graceful troubadour who's just as comfortable opening for The Grateful Dead as he is Death Cab for Cutie, delivering music easily cherished by all crowds and cross sections.

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In the near-constant deluge of singer-songwriters to emerge in recent years, Willy Mason towers above the rest through sheer quality. Listening to the 12 tracks on his debut album Where the Humans Eat, you'd be forgiven for mistaking this 20-year-old native of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts for someone much older and more experienced. His off-kilter delivery--a bit off-key, a bit off-time--is just part of his charm. But Mason's real talent is as a songwriter, and he is almost without peer amongst his contemporaries. "It's a hard hand to hold / that is looking for control" he sings on "Hard Hand to Hold", a song about homelessness and disaffection that never preaches or judges. His keen observations and deft lyrics place him in an American tradition that includes Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams. Like the best protest singers, Mason is not motivated by anger at the way the world is, but hope in what the world can be. As a result, Where the Humans Eat is sweet, simple and altogether excellent. --Robert Burrow

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I bought this album on the basis of one song, "Oxygen", that I heard on the radio. However, "Where the Humans Eat" is about more than just one track. Other highlights include "All you can do", "Hard hand to hold" and "Still a fly", to pick a few of the 12 tracks.
The album has a melancholy, chilled feel. With guitars, drums and voice, it's not folk but it's not indie or anything like that - it's hard to categorise. That's irrelevant really: the main thing is that it's a great album and you should own it.
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By Stusie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2006
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I came across this album whilst reading one of my girlfriends magazines! They were discussing the new wave of singer/songwriters and had put Willy in a list that included Daniel Powter and James Blunt. Some people just don't get it do they? Anyway I still bought Willy's record, and i'm glad i did because it's a beauty. Sure, Willy Evokes Maggies Farm era Bob Dylan, but there's also some Tom Waits and maybe even some Elliot Smith in there too. He's not a a particularly gifted singer, but I would happilly trade one man earnestly singing his own songs, for a thousand boneheads like Blunt and Powter. Take Oxygen:
"I wanna see through all the lies of society
To the reality, happiness is at stake
I wanna hold up my head with dignity
Proud of a life where to give means more than to take"
Now there are people in the music industry today that could sit with a guitar on their lap for the next twenty years and never write a song as good as that. Nice work Willy.
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This release somehow slipped passed the BM! Radar in 2005 and what a miss! If the music wasn't familiar to me, the name was and enough so to make parting with my money less of a tear. A wonderful example of how the Blues can, and really should, sound for the "today"...steeped in the traditions yet moving on with individuality. Most white 20-somethings (yes, he really is only in his early 20's although his weathered/"lived" vocals will surely have you checking this isn't some 60-year old undiscovered Blues master) playing the Blues today are either obsessed with pretentious solo's or have chosen to fuse the genre with Punk in order to create the impression of "new" - where Willy stands out is through lack of a needed disguise or gimmick; like all the greats who've gone before him it's about "the song" and "the song" rightly comes before anything else (to be fair if you've got a great song you don't need to spend 10 minutes making love to your strat, do you?). Through the lyric comparisons with the likes of Dylan are understandable - keenly observing the current world and expressing these observations dexterously (covering war, deprivation, poverty...), what any Blues artist should do, right? A quality songster who can bring cultural awareness, brutality and pain right into your living room but will leave you feeling charmed and invigorated upon leaving. Truly remarkable.
©Blues Matters!
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There are only two thing that will move mountains, passion and soul.
this KID, has divine passion and deep soul. He will move you to tears, Oxygen is simply astounding and outstanding, he will inspire you to protest see his ep and "live it up"
for a generation who has so much still to fight for as of Nov 3rd 2004, this is the voice that should lead them.
Bob Dylan moved our fathers, and i think we should let Willy Mason move us.
the music will connect with your deepest emotions, and the voice will set you free.
The most exciting thing about this prodigy, is that he has only just begun.
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I suppose it would be impossible to do this review without mentioning how young Willy Mason is so here goes: he's only twenty. Whilst this is nothing impressive in itself (how old was MJ in the Jackson 5) the songs Mason is writing are hardly 'ABC'. Hailing from small town America he has a frightening skill for capturing the call of his fellow disaffected youth: 'we tried pills and prescriptions but drugs won't cure that disease'. In a world where the music media is so obsessed with image it's astonishingly refreshing to hear Mason unashamedly communicating the simplest thoughts on his mind and in his heart in his unique stylistic mix of Dylan and Cash.
I won't be the first and certainly not the last to say that Mason's voice is hardly special, in fact, in some places it's downright awful. However, his lazy southern drawl simply endears the listener towards the blatant cracks in his vocal repertoire and you're sure to be hearing them emulated all around the singer / songwriter gig circuit in no time at all.
Despite the fact that this kid can really write a tune his true talent lies in his politically evocative lyrics. Mason is no 'rage against the coke machine' like media monkeys Green Day; he speaks for the people left behind by twenty-four hour election coverage and the petty politics of the media scrum. The people Mason writes songs about have no hope of ever airing their views on television, there is no political party willing to represent them, no-one is coming to help them escape a forty year working life of clocking in and out of meaningless jobs. But now those people do have a voice, and that voice is finally being heard.
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