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on 26 November 2012
I stumbled across Mike Rosenberg busking in St. Anne's Square, Manchester a little under two years ago and can honestly say I was completely taken aback and mesmerised from the first line of his first song. A true modern singer/songwriter, similarities have been suggested between him and the great Cat Stevens (not without reason either!), his voice is unique and he has an amazing talent for writing clever lyrics, sometimes humorous, sometimes touching but always somehow getting the balancing act just right - never overly maudlin or saccharin-sweet.

This is a man who lives for his music - once a member of the band Passenger (who played Glastonbury and were featured on BBC Radio 1) he kept the moniker after the group disbanded, and now he busks and performs not to become rich or famous, but to make a modest living and to cover the production and recording costs of his next record - because he appreciates that life is a journey and making music is what he loves to do.

All The Little Lights is his 4th album as a solo recording artist ('Divers & Submarines', 'Wide Eyes, Blind Love' and his collaboration record 'Flight of the Crow' coming before it) and the larger production budget on this record really shows, with a much more polished end product than his earlier records. You'll be pleased to know that his lyrical ability remains untouched however, and the album has a lovely flow to it with brighter melodic tunes interspersed amongst his classic acoustic sounds. In a neat touch Passenger has also included acoustic live versions of certain tracks, which really allow his voice to shine through in a way studio-produced material never can.

This record (and artist) really is a ray of light in an otherwise largely dark and murky current world of rehashed classic records, heavily sampled chart music and manufactured artists. I strongly urge anyone with an interest in good original easy listening music to pick this record up (especially at the bargain price of £4!) and experience one of the most exciting and enjoyable upcoming names in music for yourselves.

Passenger is currently supporting Ed Sheeran on his UK and European Tour, before setting out on his own UK, European, US and Australian tours from January 2013 so if you like what you hear, go see him whilst you can! Buckle up and enjoy the ride, I feel you'll be hearing a lot more of this musician in the next year or two!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 October 2013
Mike Rosenberg has a soft and fragile, but very distinctive voice, and I first heard it on the radio via his emotional breakthrough single 'Let It Go'. I played this haunting track to death on Spotify and decided to check out the rest of the songs on the mother album 'All The Little Lights', after hearing only 30 second clips on Amazon, I knew that I had to have it.

Whilst I still regard 'Let It Go' as the best track out of twelve, the whole album is very easy to enjoy. The music is mostly acoustic and if you listen to the lyrics, you'll be able to hear that they are real and honest, sometimes depressing and sometimes funny. The whole record is very catchy and playable, with highlights like 'Holes' and 'The Wrong Direction'. The instrument range is varied, myself (and I assume most people) can really relate to the lyrics, and I can't imagine anyone not getting some enjoyment out of 'All The Little Lights'.

I think that Mike is very talented young man, and if he continues to make music like this, he has a very good future ahead of him.
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on 18 December 2013
I bought All The Little Lights after just seeing Mike Rosenberg sing his hit song, Let Her Go, on Jools Holland's 'Later' and have not been disappointed (unlike most other artists I buy from limited hearing). I listen to the album in the car repeatedly and cannot fault it in any way. As a folkie musician myself I like to think I'm pretty discerning and there's not much I haven't heard before but Passenger is really something fresh, original, bright, literate, interesting, insightful and full of a strange kind of joy (despite some rather dark lyrics in places). Also, having checked out interviews and YouTube clips, Mike Rosenberg comes across as a genuinely modest and decent bloke. Disarmingly honest in fact.
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on 14 January 2013
Saw Passenger when he came to Belfast and supported Ed Sheeran. WOW this fella is like a male Tracy Chapman..This Album feels like a very very accomplished polished album from an very talented fella indeed...I just love it. Every song is like a theme tune. I predict he's gonna be heard everywhere and for good reason. Such a talent. Booked to see him again :) Buy this album. You will NOT be disappointed..
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on 4 July 2013
I was intrigued with the single and bought this album on a whim and wasn't disappointed. When I first hear his voice I thought it sounded incredibly like Paolo Nutini which isn't a bad thing as I have a few of Paolo's albums. I love the quality of the lyrics on this album which is scarce these days(not all artists I might add) It makes me want to check out the other albums now. Good luck Mike on a lengthy stay on the pop scene. Definitely no one-hit wonder.
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on 22 June 2013
This is possibly the best albumi have boughtin the last 5 years. Wonderful it gives me goose bumps every timei listen to it. Lyrics are so great you know when you listen and can empathise with it. Much love uncle ben.
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on 27 September 2016
Loved it!! I bought this for a specific song when I was feeling very down after the relationship with the love of my life broke down. It's rare that I actually listen to a whole album, I tend to skip through the rest of the songs after a few lines, but everyone in this made me smile at some point, he definitely has my sense of humour. As for people complaining about the language, it does warn you that some of the lyrics are explicit and I personally wouldn't play a new CD to house guests without listening to it first, just saying :-p :-/ I will at some point get the rest of his work because I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.
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on 20 January 2014
I had't heard of "Passenger" before I decided to sample "All the Little Lights" after Amazon included it in my recommendations. I immediately ordered the CD after listening to the mp3 samples on Amazon. It is beautiful and I have been playing it constantly over the last few weeks. As an old folk - music fan, it has encouraged me to listen to more young contemporary folk talent (e.g Seth Lakeman). I have since purchased another Passenger CD and it will not be the last!
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on 30 May 2013
excellent love it the whole album is great worth every penny.what more can I say buy it you won't be disappointed it the best ever.
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on 17 June 2013
Not a bad song on it, loved it, would recommend it to anyone who likes Mumford and sons. An absolutely amazing album.
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