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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: M.C. Records
  • ASIN: B000U1XILW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On Sept. 25, New Orleans sensation Anders Osborne s first studio recording in over five years will hit the streets. On Coming Down Anders sings about his two great loves, his wife and New Orleans. The new CD find Anders in a sparse setting that showcases the songwriting. One of the highlights of the CD is the song Katrina. Anders and his family moved backed to New Orleans six weeks after the devastating hurricane.

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New Orleans singer-songwriters find it difficult to avoid writing about the tragedies--personal, political, philosophical--of Hurricane Katrina and Anders Osborne weighs in with his version on his first release since that fateful storm. It's a laidback, stripped-down, primarily unplugged set that finds the musician channeling the spirit of early Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, and Van Morrison to stirring effect. Recorded in both the Crescent City and Nashville, the easygoing, soulful, bluesy-jazzy folk feels like a breezy spring day, even when Osborne is singing about "Summertime in New Orleans." Much of the writing reflects the musician's happiness at his place in life, after tough years where he has "survived more than I should," as he relates in "Lucky One." The sparse swamp creep of "When I’m Back on My Feet" balances on a tightrope between the blues, soul, and folk that dominate this low-key yet moving album. The deliberate pace of the songs, along with Kirk Joseph's occasional sousaphone bass and barely-there percussion that includes sporadic djembe, bathes the listener like a haze as Osborne sings personal narratives that never feel self-serving or trite. A few more upbeat tunes might have brought additional energy to the proceedings, but Coming Down revels in its delightfully warm ambiance of acoustic instruments backing Osborne's genial voice. He sounds like a best friend who has written these songs specifically for you. --Hal Horowitz

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Troy Babcock on October 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album is such a mixed bag for the simple reason that nearly half the songs are familiar to most big Anders fans. It's the new material that shines the brightest on this album with three songs really sticking out clearly to me.
"Coming Down" - the title track, is an upbeat (for this album anyway) song that really digs into some deep material. The lines about talking when he's got nothing to say and being deadly silent when he really needs help are wonderful, along with his lines on addiction that you know come straight from the heart.
"Miss you when I'm gone" - There's something really beautiful in the vocals on this song. They are more melodious than a lot of his other songs and really display his vocal range. I find myself singing along to this tune each time it plays. Love the line about the smoking chair on the porch; I can totally picture it.
"Lucky One" - I played this over again 5 times to write down the lyrics because it just sounded so right to me from first listen. It's a song you could easily hear on a soundtrack or a trailer for a movie about a guy who derives his strength from a woman. It's a great song.

The songs you may have heard before get new treatment, and for the most part I prefer the previous versions to these "stripped down" versions.

"Summertime in New Orleans" - it's just a much happier and fuller song with Chief Monk and on that album. It's not bad here; I just prefer the previous version
"Back on Dumaine" - as with many great performers, the live version of this song really trumps this version. Is there an actual string bass being played on this track? Having been spoiled by great live versions, I just don't prefer this version.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By OffBeat Magazine on October 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There has been plenty of rhetoric about New Orleans music post-Katrina, but just as 9-11 didn't produce a wellspring of inspired popular music, Katrina has failed to inspire the bumper crop of musical observations that many predicted. There have been a few good songs written about the event and its aftermath to be sure, but the disaster is too large scale to be swallowed whole in a song.
While a return to what used to be considered normal is out of the question, the resumption of attention to the task at hand, the day-to-day business of making music, is the best that can be reasonably expected of New Orleans musicians. In this respect, Anders Osborne is to be congratulated for putting the difficult work in to produce the album's worth of songs that make up Coming Down. Those looking for Big Statements may be disappointed, but Osborne sticks to what he knows. He found in New Orleans what so many others have discovered over the last century, a chance to become himself, to revel, even wallow, in the good times and eventually find salvation in a loving partner. His songwriting gifts have reflected the rollercoaster of emotions such behavior produces, and Coming Down returns to those strengths. The multi-chorus guitar solos that characterized the live album he released last year are absent from this record; instead, the songs themselves and Osborne's R&B influenced vocalizations are the featured elements.
The title track leads off and sets the tone for the album, just as Ash Wednesday Blues did. Osborne admits his flaws, acknowledges his addictions and finds himself coming back down to earth with gravity's acceleration. "Keep your arms wide open baby," he tells his lover, "I'm comin' down.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By UC on November 15, 2007
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This is a collection of incredibly personal, beautifully written songs by Anders Osborne. It manages to be both heartbreaking and hopeful as he sings about his love for his wife and his struggles with addiction.

I think he is the most underrated singer songwriter performing today. This album will not disappoint you!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Stolzer on October 4, 2007
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Osborne sings his heart out on this wonderful CD. It's not as raucous as some of his previous work, but it strikes me as being more heartfelt. There are ballads about New Orleans, love and loss. The lyrics seem to speak of home, whether found in a city or a loved one. In the end, the music is quite hopeful and rich. It is a beautiful, sometimes rough-ish, but honest CD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Smitty on November 4, 2007
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I don't think it is possible to purchase anything bad by Anders Osborne. Whether it is an older album or a live recording from Jazz Fest, Anders never fails to entertain with quality lyrics and superb musicianship. Coming Down is another solid effort by this prolific songwriter. Buy this or any Anders titles. You wont be disappointed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Miller on September 26, 2007
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I pre-ordered this copy and received it a day before it's release. I listened to it half heartedly while doing other things. I wasn't all that impressed. It wasn't until it was in my car, alternating between Living Room, Ash Wednesday Blues, and then Coming Down that I found the stark beauty of this release. What I was missing originally, was the rockin' Anders I've seen so many times live, with his cohort Kirk on the sousaphone. This is Anders, stripped down, vulnerable, and truly lovely. Rockin' or laid back, the man can play with a passion and his voice is one I would love to hear singing me to sleep. This will play in my car for quite some time.
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