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Now I'm A Cowboy - Expanded Edition
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VINE VOICEon 2 October 2014
The Auteurs debut album, 'New Wave', was an excellent record, not without its faults, and in Luke Haines, there had emerged a truly gifted singer-songwriter. The use of cello gave a different kind of grain and texture to the band sound, and Haines had that happy knack of being able to marry the right kind of . to match his excellent, intelligent lyrics. After such a fine debut, any band might find the follow-up a difficult hurdle to negotiate. No such difficulties here, though; 'Now I'm A Cowboy' is utterly superb. The album bursts vividly into life with the would-be Hit SIngle, 'Lenny Valentino', a driving, intense rocker full of controlled rage. However, the album is not just defined by splenetic rage; there's moments of real beauty - 'A Sister Like You' being a prime example. Even what sounds like a comparative throwaway - the original album closer, 'Daughter of A Child' with successive plays has an insidious beauty and charm. This expanded edition adds more lustre to the original album, and the bonus tracks are all worth having. Luke Haines was, and is, if not a Great Lost Talent, then certainly an unrewarded one. He seems to have become a kind of arch, acerbic commentator on the Britpop era via his caustic memoir, 'Bad Vibes', and his literary exploits are certainly savagely amusing and readable - but don't forget that, most of all, he is a supremely talent songwriter - and if you want evidence, look no further than 'Now I'm A Cowboy'.
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VINE VOICETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 2 October 2014
The old adage about 'difficult second album syndrome' is comprehensively blown out of the water by this, The Auteurs second album. After their 'New Wave' debut, this perhaps comes across on first hearing as being a little 'heavier', certainly in terms of the sometimes monumental chunks of hard rock guitar that pierce the audio fabric of the album. However, after a couple of plays, the subtle beauty of songs such as 'A Sister Like You' - a distant cousin of The Kinks' (a major influence on Auteurs main man Luke Haines) 'Two Sisters' work a real musical charm. even the album's original closing track, 'Daughter of a Child', which Haines has dismissed as something of a throwaway, is a gem of uncluttered and subtle song craft. This is one of the finest albums of the nineties, and in this incarnation, with a disc of extra material, as well as 'B' sides, radio sessions, etc, offers conclusive proof that Luke Haines is one of British Music's most gifted of singer-songwriters. Highly, highly recommended indeed...
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on 9 August 2014
the second album by the auteurs
now with an extra disc of b sides and rarities
intelligent pop/rock designed to make you think
you could start with this brilliant album
there are more available, also consider Baader Meinhof
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on 8 September 2014
Intelligent, thought provoking and unforgettable. Luke Haines at his best... A hell of a pop record!
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