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  • Audio CD (Feb. 10 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B001RPAYX0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This is one of my favorite albums in a 600 album collection.

I'm a big fan of Big Wreck (especially the "In Loving Memory" album), but I didn't quite follow Thornley for some reason. Big mistake!

When I first listened to this album, it sounded like "basic rock", especially track 1, which is a bummer compared to the complex texturing of ILM album. However, this is not a bad thing and the album is actually a masterpiece of #1 hits (if they ever got any radio airplay).

1. "Underneath The Radar" (5/10): This is actually the only track I don't really like and it made me not want to listen to the album. Skip this track and come back.
2. "Changes" (10/10): Great song, makes you want to sing along.
3. "Man Overboard" (9/10): Another song you want to sing to.
4. "Your Song" (10/10): The best song on the CD, it should have been released because it's a hit and the song of the year imo.
5. "Make Believe" (10/10): Great song and it's also the album's first release and it's probably what made you interested in this album.
6. "This Is Where My Heart Is" (8/10)
7. "Better Side of Me" (7/10)
8. "Might Be The End" (6/10)
9. "Conscience & Consequence" (7/10)
10. "All Fall Down" (9/10): Great guitar, the guitar should be used in a zombie video game.
11. "Be There For Me" (9/10): Touching song.
12. "Another Memory" (9/10): Grows on you.
13. "Make Believe (West Coast Version)" (10/10): A great version of the song, both versions are different from each other and good in their own right.

As you can see, this is a great album. I can't believe there isn't a review for it yet, it's amazing. Thornley is very underrated as an artist and it makes me sad that someone with this kind of genius doesn't get more airplay.
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Really good disc by a really awesome Canadian band... fantastic guitars and fun for everyone... If you have not see Thornley or Big Wreck, pick up this disc... amazing...
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Another great album.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Thornley Hits Middle-Age? Dec 2 2010
By Wilde Silas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've waited over a year to review this release because I'm such a huge fan of this guy's voice that I'm never objective when listening to his newest material, just stoked to have more Thornley. I'm glad I waited in this case, because that incredible voice is just about all that's left of what I originally fell in love with.

It's a good album, for what it is. If you've never heard Big Wreck or Come Again (his first solo release), it's fine. Maybe even a good MOR pop album. And no doubt, there's some gems on here - Make Believe is possibly the best song the guy's ever written. My beef is with the production, which has left the album so flat and stale that it's actually boring to listen to.

To say he's mellowed is a huge understatement. I get what he's trying to do, but compared to his past work, the playing and range of emotion here is severely lacking. I don't know if it was a bald swipe at radio airplay, too much outside "help," or a conscious thing on Ian's part, but this just sounds like a lazy jab compared to the 1-2 knockout punch of his first three efforts.

Compare the intensity of his vocals on any track here, to the heart rending emotion of "All By Design" from Pleasure and Greed, or virtually any track from Come Again. He's just simply not delivering the goods.

A special note should be made about the drums on this album. The release was reportedly delayed because Thornley wanted to wait for Daniel Adair (ex-Nickelback) to lay drum tracks. Not only is Daniel Adair the most bland and mediocre drummer from the most bland and mediocre band on the modern rock scene, his playing adds absolutely *nothing* to these songs. The drums are honestly the biggest snoozefest I've heard in recent memory, and comparing them to the work of Sekou Lumumba on Come Again, or Forrest Williams on the Big Wreck releases is too painful to contemplate. However, his playing is indicative of the album as a whole - phoned in, simplistic, and ultimately un-engaging, despite the usual stellar songwriting. Added to that, the album wasn't even available in the U.S. when it was first released. I understand Thornley is a Canadian band, but someone at the label dropped the ball big time.

It severely pains me to say anything unkind about Ian Thornley - what an incredible talent. But this release moves him in the wrong direction in my opinion, and I hope he returns to a more vibrant production approach, with musicians who are worthy of his genius. I'm sure we'll hear more from him soon, and I anticipate good things.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Come Again was far better May 18 2009
By BWS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Come Again was an album that had so much play time for me simply because it had no mediocre tracks. Thornley took a very long time (which he deserves, he's an artist and should perform as/when he feels, as a fine artist, I can respect that)...and there was so much expectation I had building for this album (which I have no clue on the availability in the states, as I imported it, which was just a slight inconvenience, since I did go to several stores expecting it to be here). Unfortunately, it's not as good as Come Again, but, since it's still Thornley, and I'd heard the single already and DO love that song (Make Believe), and a couple others on there are very well done, I still give it a fairly good score. Better than most rock out there as an album on the whole, but for the followup, it's lighter and closer to country than his previous album was. He had such catchy melodies and the weight has gone done (meaning it's not as heavy) but it's still recommended if you like some of the lighter parts from Come Again, just don't expect it to be a complete continuation of that album.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little random, but decent Oct. 5 2009
By P. Lopresto - Published on Amazon.com
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This album is definitely not like the first album from Thornley (the band, not just the lead singer). If you're looking for the overall heaviness from Come Again, you won't find it here. Of course, there are a few songs that emulate the past style, but most of what you'll hear is different, to say the least. Personally, I don't mind different, but at times, I feel like this album has no connecting theme. It all seems kind of disjointed when listened to all in one sitting. But I can get through it and I find myself enjoying it. My personal favorite on the record is "Man Overboard", which is like the Come Again album. But you'll find anything from children's choirs to country flair on this album from the Canadian rockers. If you're a true Ian Thornley fan, I would recommend picking this album up. If you're looking for something heavier: stick with Thornley's Come Again or look at some Big Wreck albums (In Loving Memory Of... is a good place to start). But all in all, I give it a four out of five.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great voice, great CD March 8 2011
By Kat312 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As a caveat, I must say that I think Thornley has one of the best rock voices I've ever heard...it just draws me in every time. Some compare it to Chris Cornell; I can see the similarities, but I like the fact that Thornley doesn't partake in the screeching that Cornell sometimes does. I'm not the kind of person who needs an album to have a 'theme' or tell a story. I just like it to have good music. Along with Thornley's amazing voice, this album has catchy melodies that you'll find yourself humming. Definitely a keeper!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Melody and Creativity return. Jan. 4 2010
By Jeffrey J. Laplante - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a fan of Big Wreck so a couple of months ago, I purchased "Come Again" and was a bit disappointed by the lack of unique melody and inovation that I heard throughout Big Wreck's two album run. It was very stock sounding to me and sounded uninspired. This new CD, "Tiny Pictures" is the complete opposite of that. I am blown away by the melodies, the simple complexities, and the innovation of melody that I am hearing. This is Thornly's best work. The first seven songs are a non-stop songwriting clinic vast with inspiring melody, kicking grooves, and excellent lyrics. It does lose a bit of steam toward the end, but overall, this is an excellent piece of work and sure to become a staple in my 600+ CD collection.

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