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Hand Built by Robots [Vinyl]

4.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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US LP pressing includes a digital download code for the entire album. 2008 release of the debut album by a young man who is one of the most highly touted DIY-type major artist talents in 2006-7. His debut single, 'Full Fat EP', hit the top of amazon's singles charts with virtually no promotion at all! Faulkner's laidback scat singing and gutsy holler, shuffling beats, blues riffs, intelligent/tongue-in-cheek lyrics and string tapping are just some of reasons why audiences seem to light to him so quickly. His live performance style is well honed and instantly endears him to his ever-expanding audience. Among the 17 songs here are 'I Need Something' and 'Dream Catch Me' as well as his daring cover of Massive Attack's 'Teardrop', presenting the song that featured Cocteau Twins Liz Fraser singing lead in a whole new light. RCA.
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (April 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0015I2UI6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Great album especially if you like acoustic guitar. I caught this guy on an TV show called 'London Live' ginger dreadlocks and all and was immediately captivated with his song 'Dream Catch Me' and his excellent guitar playing. Couldn't wait to find out more about him and tried to get his album online, only to find it had been released only in Britain. Was so glad that Amazon had it as an import. Still have the CD on constant play after 3 weeks. Keep an eye out for Newton Faulkner, he's the next secret to come out of Britain after Coldplay and Snow Patrol. Enjoy this wonderful music!
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I stumbled across Newton Faulkner when listening to BBC Radio online. His single, "Dream Catch Me," was - at the time - a hit for him across the pond. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the rest of this album contains depth and whimsy, personality and poise. He seems to have a knack for making a point without taking himself too seriously (anyone with a track entitled, "Sitar-Y Thing" must be having fun making music right?). That said, please don't misunderstand me - Newton Faulkner is an extremely talented musician and serious songster. His messages are simple - his music complex. In an age of "sameness" Newton Faulkner stands out as original and refreshing.
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I stumbled across "Dream Catch Me" on the website for the tv show Jericho, and was immediately "caught". Just got the cd and have been blown away, by Newton. His music is fresh and captivating, with sharp, crisp production, ear-catching vocals, and unique guitar style. His talent shines through on all. Yes, indeed, he should be the NEXT BIG THING!
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The first song of his that I heard was a cover of the song Teardrop in which he shows off his "guitar tapping skills"! After I listened to his other songs, I instantly fell in love with his music. I had not heard the song Straight To The Sun before I bought the CD, but it may be one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. He apparently has started to get increasingly more exposure in the US. I saw that he was on Jay Leno not too long ago. What a unique and talented singer/song writer/ musician!! He writes such meaningful and passionate lyrics. I can "chill out" or listen to this while I am at my desk, and my state of mind is instantly improved. If you like acoustic guitar and songs with a message, you need to give this one a try!
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Amazing Album, First saw this guy opening up for John Mayer at THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL last year, was looking forward to hearing more. Not many CD's have that 'play all the way through from start to finish, never skip a song' thing going for them. In my collection of a few hundred barely a handful fit this bill. This however goes right in there amongst them. Superb, thats all I can say, every song is a winner and the tunes are catchy but still different from a lot of things out there.

Great album and Recommend it to anyway who enjoys the superb playing of acoustic guitar and great catchy songs!!
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What can I say? I heard a snippet of "Dream Catch Me" in a movie and immediately began searching for it on the web. I downloaded the mp3, and it gives me chills every time I hear it. Now I'm going to take a chance on the album. I don't understand why Newton Faulkner isn't popular in the US. How has this guy been missed?!! I doubt he'll be missed for much longer. Fingers crossed; he deserves it.
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Sheer genius! Please give us more Newton! Love, love, love it! Wonderful clean detailed melodies, gorgeous production, and beautiful vocal performance. Unique and fabulous. Defies genre classification. Just plain great!
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Newton has true God-given musical gifts and is even more amazing in person! My friends and family have been enthralled by his virtuosity w/ instrumentals, vocals, song writing and his pure charisma on stage! Every bit of 'Hand Built By Robots' is a joy to hear over and over. ('Hand Built' being his acoustic guitar and 'By Robots' indicating new music technology). 'Dream Catch Me' can touch individuals w/ their own understanding of his brilliant lyrics and musical interpretation. His phenomenal cover of 'Tear Drop' does as well. 'Tear Drop' specifically showcases his incredible talent in doing 3 guitar parts simultaneously plus beautiful vocals (strummed bass chords, plucked melody, and hand percussion on the body of the guitar itself, a unique talent he has developed to precision). There is pure joy and serendipity with 'Gone In the Morning'. I even use it for Home School music class. This album is dedicated to the late, brilliant Eric Roche, (his guitar mentor back home in the UK), and Eric would be so very proud! Newton is also a fine, gracious British gentleman to meet in person as I was fortunate to do! I (we) recommend this album for anyone who loves to hear true and pure musical talent, (there aren't enough stars here to rate it as highly as it should be!)
Rosie Long, Oklahoma City
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