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This reissue of Howie Day's self-assured debut, originally released independently in 2000, reveals a maturity beyond the young Maine singer-songwriter's age. Mixing gravelly vocals and somber strumming à la Joseph Arthur with the soaring power of Remy Zero and Dave Matthews Band and a touch of Radiohead fervor, Day's music is nonthreatening but far from wimpy. "She Says" combines plaintive acoustic guitar and bursts of vocal anguish, and the whispery "Disco" has dreamlike orchestras and a world-weary tone, while the lovely "Kristina" floats with a spare but intricate melody. Yet Day's maudlin tales of heartbreak have backbone--"Sorry So Sorry" ends in guitar-tossed turbulence, while "Everything Else" has biting riffs, and "More You Understand" builds to a crashing crescendo. Indeed, these injections of passion are what make Australia so exciting. While his influences are far from original, Day's execution is wholly his own. Australia brims with a life-or-death emotional urgency that's devoid of cynicism and steeped in the intensity of youth. --Annie Zaleski
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000068CZN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had never heard of Howie Day at all until one day while browsing other users "Listmania" lists, I came upon his album and listened to the sound clips. I immediately ordered the CD. It arrived at my house three days later and I have had it on repeat ever since. I absolutely fell in love with this album.
ALL of the songs on the CD are great, listen to the whole thing through. Howie has an amazing voice that belies his young age--and he puts that powerful attribute to use on this album. The album is mostly acoustic-guitar based, which is perfect if you are a fan of acoustic-guitar based artists. If you like John Mayer you will probably love this album--it is similar to JM's "Room for Squares" but I think Howie is a stronger songwriter, and the general tone of the album is a bit more rock than pop (compared to Mayer). If you like John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Vertical Horizon, U2, or Ben Harper, definetely give this album a try!
I have heard that he is good live, I wish Howie was touring by himself and hitting tons of cities because I would love to hear him in concert. I can't wait for his next CD and also hope that he releases a live album for those of us who can't make it to his concerts. Overall an awesome album from an amazing young talented singer and songwriter. I wonder what he will come up with next. He is going to be huge!
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I saw Howie Day when he opened for Tori Amos in Manchester, and by the end of his first song I knew I'd buy his album. He used special effects pedals and looped sections of guitar play and singing, repeating them, so by the end of each song there seemed to be a choir of acoustic guitars, and was probably one of the coolest things I've seen in ages.
My one and only complaint about the album is that there are only ten songs! It's a travesty, I swear. To me, this is a debut that ranks alongside Imogen Heap's "I Megaphone" in the fact that I couldn't get it off repeat in my CD player. I could run through the songs one by one and tell what they're about, but to be honest I haven't got that far yet. Aside from one or two cases, I haven't worked out the stories behind the lyrics even though I sing along to them. At the moment, "Australia" is pure sound and emotion to me, and for the time being, I couldn't care less what he's saying. Someone else might react differently to these songs, but there's no doubting this man is great.
I can't get enough of the opener, "Sorry So Sorry". It has such a laidback rhythm throughout the verses before letting go of itself and grinding into the chorus. For some reason, I think of REM's "Drive" when I hear this, though it's not so downbeat. When the chorus kicks in, a lesser singer might overdo it and sing too loudly just for the sake of being heard and ruin the mood, but Howie Day doesn't, and the song's great from start to finish.
"She Says" is beautiful and shows that his voice has greater range and warmth than we might otherwise think. This song takes you back to reminiscences of a one-time lover. Who knows why? Go figure.
"Secret" rocks a little harder than "She Says", and seems to me to be less about memory than immersion in a present relationship.
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By Bec on August 20, 2004
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I bought this album about a year ago and I still can't get enough of it. I'll go out and buy other cds, listen to them for a few weeks and get over them, but "Australia" always works it's way back into the CD player.
Being in Australia, I have had to import all of Howie's material from the US because he is basically unknown here. It's a shame because I can see Howie being well received in Australia - especially with the live shows. I have never had the privilage of seeing Howie live, but his looping skills are absolutely amazing!
My fave track on the album is probably Disco - an emotionally haunting, yet great song.
All you Aussies - check Howie out. You'll be very surprised
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Australia is simply a masterful piece of work - by far my favorite cd ever. There are only a handful of cds that I would classify as near-perfect from start to finish, and Australia stands strong in those elite ranks. Although the album flows smoothly as a single, unified piece of work, each song still has its own unique appeal. As soon as I heard "Sorry, So Sorry," the first song on the album, I was immediately entranced by Howie's voice and the mysterious nature of the music conveyed by the haunting melodies. Every song is beautiful and breathtaking (extremely trite, but in this case, actually true). Definitely the best CD purchase I've ever made - it never ceases to intrigue me, and it always finds its way into my stereo. After hearing this CD, I couldn't help but fall in love with Howie Day.
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I was unaware as to who Howie Day was until I saw him open up for Pat McGee Band a few months ago. Howie definitely stole the show from a band known for their great onstage performances. Immediately I was blown away. I picked up his CD at the concert and I haven't stopped listening to it since. Australia proves Howie Day to be an incredible singer/songwriter in the likes of a David Gray or a solo Dave Matthews. Day excels both lyrically and melodically througout the whole album, and there really isnt a weak song on it. Ghost is the standout track, along with Secret, She Says, and Sorry so Sorry. To capture the real essence of Howie Day however, you need to see him live. His solo performances, (he doesnt have any backup musicians), are unreal. He records parts of the song, loops it, and plays over the track. Plain and simple, it's tight.
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