- Audio CD (July 13 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B00070G6Y2
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The amazing debut album from a phenomenally talented singer, songwriter & guitarist. Throughout the 3 months on the road supporting Norah Jones he sold over 18,000 of his own self-recorded EP and had to restrict sales every night due to constantly running out of stock! Blue Note. 2005
Though Amos Lee's music is frequently described as a fusion of folk and soul, such an equation fails to reflect the singular artistry of this impressive debut. Like labelmate Norah Jones (who guests on two cuts), the Philadelphia singer-songwriter recognizes the power of simplicity, distilling an emotional essence that cuts across categories. The opening of his "Seen It All Before" echoes Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"; the stunning "Arms of a Woman" channels Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember"; "Give It Up" cuts a classic Bill Withers groove; "Black River" has the sound of an age-old spiritual; and the closing "All My Friends" follows Van Morrison into the mystic. Throughout the song cycle, the bare-bones arrangements behind Lee's vocal flutter reinforce an organic unity that transcends genre. For all of the debts he owes to the music of the 1960s and '70s, the results sound timeless rather than retro. In his cautionary "Soul Suckers," Lee sings that "nothing is more powerful than beauty in a wicked world"--and proceeds to prove it. --Don McLeese
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Only downfall......this CD is copyright protected so you can't put it onto your MP3 players!!!
I think musicians just starting out....their managers need to tell them not to opt for copyright protection...because alot of newbies which are all using MP3 players....won't even get to hear their music...maybe go for the protection on the 2nd CD..it's understandable but do you really want to drowned your career before it even gets out of the gate!!!! Something for any budding musicians to think about.
I would buy this CD though even with the protection because I guarantee you ......you will still be playing this CD for generations to come.
What I wouldn't recommend is Lee's sophomore, "Supply and Demand", a much lesser effort. Stick with the self-titled debut, and Lee will surely turn you into a fan.
Go get the cd you'll love it...
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