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Over the course of their eight years as a band, Augustana have become known as quality purveyors of well-crafted, melodic piano-driven rock, as evidenced by the success of their Top 40 singles, the digital platinum “Boston” and “Stars and Boulevards” from their 2005 debut All the Stars and Boulevards (which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart), and ... Read more in Amazon's Augustana Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B004NCOR14
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Steal Your Heart
2. Wrong Side of Love
3. On The Other Side
4. Couting Stars
5. Borrowed Time
6. Shot In The Dark
7. Someone s Baby Now
8. Hurricane
9. Just Stay Here Tonight
10. You Were Made For Me

Editorial Reviews

Take one listen to Augustana's self-titled third album and it's clear that this band has thrown off the shackles of playing it safe. Lead vocalist and lyricist Daniel Layus has dug deep and emerged with a passionate, rootsy rock collection that is distinctively American, recalling the muscularity and epic sweep of albums by Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen in their heyday. The album is a shimmering blend of rock, folk, and country that manages to sound both modern and timeless. The subtle, streamlined production by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones) lets the true beauty of Layus soulful vocal delivery, as well as the band's barnstorming performances, shine through.

"A lot of the songs are about digging in your heels and not giving up the fight for someone you love," he says. Layus describes the first single, "Steal Your Heart," as "an ultimate song of love and hope. I've never really written about that before," he says. "I've never done anything that blatant. It's a hand-in-the-sky, take-no-prisoners kind of moment where you just have no choice but to lay it all out there."

Customer Reviews

I just bought this album today and CANNOT stop listening to it!
adamcmr
Again, this could be forgiven if it weren't compounded by the other faults... but alas.
kml17
Every song has a precense and the album seems to evolve as you listen to it.
Adam

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Tucker on May 23, 2011
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Augustana keeps amazing me with every cd they come out with and I am loving watching them grow as a band. Their first cd was good, they second cd was amazing, and now this cd was just great. Every time I listen to this cd, I fall in love with a new song. It keeps getting better with each and every listen. The words and music together flow perfectly and each song has a deep feeling which is rare these days. I highly recommend this cd to Augustana fans and to anyone who loves great music.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 27, 2011
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Like the other two reviews already posted, I have been a passionate listener of Augustana since I saw them open up for Dashboard in Austin. The album is good. No doubt about the soulful and melodic lines of material coming from the solid contours of this album. Yet, I find myself disappointed with the voice on the other end. The first track off the album I had to make sure I wasn't in another dimension and that this was still Daniel Layus at the helm and not Brandon Flowers of former Killers fame. I'm glad that Augustana has held their own in the music industry and I really hope they make it big someday. But, I'm sad to say, this album won't be in my rotation as much as Can't Love, Can't Hurt.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua D. Beachy on April 28, 2011
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I once described Augustana's third album as "the soundtrack to an autumn romance." Well, for their fourth album, I think I'd have to describe it as the soundtrack to the movie made about said autumn romance. Most of the songs feel like they were tailor made for the big ending scene of a romantic movie where the guy runs to the train station to stop the girl he loves from leaving him forever. And the songs that don't feel like that feel like the songs played during the "sad montage." You know--the part where a sad song is played over scenes of people being sad.
Some might be wondering if this is a bad thing. You'll notice that I gave the album five stars. It's not just a good album, it's a great album. It's a solid, cohesive work that's easy to listen to and before you know it, find yourself singing along. A fun album to drive to.
I've never been a big fan of Augustana's singles though. "Sweet and Low" is the only one I listen to on a regular basis. I'd have to say that their first single on this album is no exception. "Steal Your Heart" is far to repetitive and, simply put, forgettable, for me to enjoy it more than background music. What I've heard will be their next single--"Shot in the Dark"--is much better, however. So far, it's one of my favorite songs on the album.
They've come a long way since Midwest Skies and Sleepless Mondays. They developed a Wallflowers sound, which is exactly the band this album brought to mind. You put Jakob Dylan on lead vocals and no one would know the difference. When I first heard All Stars and Boulevards I was hoping for more of a Dashboard Confessional/The Spill Canvas type sound as the band progressed, but this is a sound that works for them. They do this very well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexito on June 17, 2011
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It's the very first time I post a review and I'm gonna keep it short. I can't say that this new release is bad but it's absolutely not the same group that brought us songs like "Boston", "Stars and Boulevard" or "Twenty Years". The tone of vocalist Daniel Layus sounds even different. It's a serious turn for Augustana, and unfortunatly not the right one for me. If your looking for easy american rock without the brit touch that made this group unique, you sure will be served. Otherwise, just go back to the previous records.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Wonderham on May 7, 2011
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I've been a fan of Augustana since All The Stars and Boulevards came out in 2005 ( I was 14 then ) I think they're amazing, and have talent. I wish they were known more than they are, because they make great music, and because they deserve it. I like the lyrics on this album. Dan Layus's Voice is amazing, his voice reminds me a little of Kurt Cobain ( Nirvana ). I hope Augustana is around for many years to come. Augustana is a band you should know about. This is one of my favorite albums of 2011. Keep on singing Dan Layus, you're amazing, you've stole my heart away.
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By rvarghese on January 18, 2013
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I've enjoyed this band ever since I heard Mayfield in 2006, and this is a worthy follow-up. It's a little bit less "country" than Can't Love, Can't Hurt, and a little bit more Tom Petty-lite, with a touch of the Killers. I thought 8 out of the 10 tracks were real winners, and this is one of the few albums I can listen to from start to finish. No idea why it took me so long to find this one!
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By R-Mat on December 25, 2012
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Awesome album! These guys just keep putting out good music. My favorites are "Steal your heart" and "Wrong side of love."
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By kml17 on April 30, 2012
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I was a big fan of Augustana, so naturally I was excited for this album. When 'Steal Your Heart' first started playing, I immediately thought that this was bound to be a good album. Then during the next songs, I began listening to the lyrics more carefully. They were full of banalities. I would have been able to forgive that if there was more raw passion in his singing, but I don't think Layus even believes the things he was singing. Where were the stories behind the songs that made 'Bullets' and 'Twenty Years' so good? Where was the passionate singing that made me first take notice of Augustana? Not only that, but a few of the songs musically sound like boy band pop. Again, this could be forgiven if it weren't compounded by the other faults... but alas. In particular, 'On the Other Side' is composed of a string of painful clichés, my favorite being "...wanna feel you love me at the speed of sound..." The music for this song also reminds me a bit of Savage Garden, a popular boy band when I was eight. While I like the music for "Wrong Side of Love," I'm not sure I understand what that means, and the song doesn't paint a story that is vivid enough for me to understand, so I feel no attachment to the song. However, there are some songs that have some semblance to their prior works. 'Shot in the dark' is both catchy and passionate, with better lyrics than many of the remaining songs.

I forced myself to listen to this album enough times that I know every song by heart now. Most songs are catchy and the album is fluid. That said, I still feel that even the best songs on this album would be mediocre if they were on prior albums, and the worst songs are ones that I often skip or cringe at lyrically. I've never felt that way with Augustana's music before, so overall I am disappointed. I don't think I will buy any other albums they release without previewing them thoroughly first.
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