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  • Audio CD (April 14, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MRI
  • ASIN: B001TD1XW6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Willie Nile s new album, House Of A Thousand Guitars, is the realization and fulfillment of all the promise
that had been predicted by many since his debut album years ago. From all-out rockers with meat on the bone like the title track and Doomsday Dance, to the chilling portrait of wars aftermath in Now That The War is Over,
to the heartbreaking beauty of Her Love Falls Like Rain and Touch Me, Willie Nile has clearly made the best
album of his career.

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One of the best albums of 2009.
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The rocking continues with the apocalyptic "Doomsday Dance" before Nile catches his breath on the ballads "Love is a Train" and "Her Love Falls Like Rain."
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Of course, one person's idea of what constitutes an admirable musical outing represents more a statement about the listener than the artist.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chet on April 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is the best album I've heard by ANYONE in a few years - not a bad tune on it, and most are amazing: the title song, "Run," "Doomsday Dance," "Now That the War Is Over," "Little Light," "Give Me Tomorrow" - all fantastic. Just a great mix of uptempo rockers, catchy pop/rock tunes and piano ballads. I've listened to it over and over in the two weeks I've had it, and I find something new to love about it with each listen. Willie Nile has been making great music since 1980, and just keeps getting better and better with age. His 2006 release "Streets of New York" was tremendous, and this new one is even better.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on April 14, 2009
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Talk about a second wind. Fifteen years after his previous studio effort (1991's Places I Have Never Been) Nile summoned a life in rock `n' roll as the musical language for his adopted hometown's love letter, Streets of New York. Nile seemed to be aging forward and backward at the same time, writing lyrics from the perspective of middle-age and setting them to the fevered musical roots of youth. He was streetwise and urban, a rebel and a student of musical history who could channel the original energies of rock's founders without sounding retro. Last year's Live from the Streets of New York flashed back to his breakthrough with a supercharged release party's live run through.

Nile's Benjamin Button-like excursion towards the verve and uncensored creativity of youth continues with House of a Thousand Guitars, featuring a dozen songs that capture both the heart of rock `n' roll and the depth of middle-age. The disc opens with a lyrical tribute to Nile's predecessors that compels his bandmates to sing along on the chorus. The baritone riff that opens "Run" is just one indication that Nile has a universal rock `n' roll fever for the call of guitar, bass and drums. Here again the chorus is catchy enough to sing on its first pass, but the hooks are sticky enough to hum the rest of the day. The rocking continues with the apocalyptic "Doomsday Dance" before Nile catches his breath on the ballads "Love is a Train" and "Her Love Falls Like Rain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin Feinstein on June 4, 2009
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I didn't think it would be possible to create a follow-up album that could do justice to Nile's masterpiece, "Streets of New York." As it turns out, Nile pulled it off! This is about as solid of an album as you can get. What's amazing about Nile is he creates music that is good from the first listen. Most albums usually take a little getting used to, but I liked this one from the get-go! I highly recommend. One of these days the world will hear about rock music's best kept secret!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 9, 2009
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He was the next Bruce Springsteen. The next Dylan. The praise was off the hook --- even from Robert Palmer, of The New York Times: "Every once in awhile the times seems to produce an artist who is at once an iconoclast and near-perfect expression of contemporary currents. He is one of the best singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in a long time."

So why have you never heard of Willie Nile?

In a very small way, it's my fault. In l980, when his first album came out, I was all over Willie Nile --- I even got an assignment from The Washington Post to profile him. We had a pleasant interview, during which I learned that he still bought his clothes in the boy's department. But I couldn't get into the "next" business or define him with any precision, and I never wrote the piece.

Nile released a second album, and then he started fading from view. Inexplicable, really. In performance, he played accessible, loud, straight-ahead rock. He had a breathy, raspy, intimate voice and considerable stage presence. When excited, he'd leap --- and, like Baryshnikov, he'd stay aloft for longer than you thought possible. But contract issues and changing tastes sent him into the wilderness; in the `90s, when I saw him open for Lucinda Williams, they were both so phlegmatic I wanted to throw ex-lax at the stage.

Then came the comeback.

Critics swooned over Streets of New York. His first CD, out of print, sells for 99.95 new, $30.00 used. His 1980s songs were reissued. And now he's released House of a Thousand Guitars --- a CD so good you should put it on your Best New Artist list. There's irreverent good humor ("Mr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Beard on May 19, 2009
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..that I listen to a new album the first time through, not wanting the current song to end but anxious to hear what's next! I REALLY like this record.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul G. Bernstein on May 17, 2009
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Another solid album from Willie and Frankie Lee! This one is a must-buy! Bravo, Willie!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jim Clark on May 4, 2009
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By Jim Clark
Publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

I stumbled upon the self-titled Willie Nile debut album (long before CDs) in 1980.
He, like John Prine and Steve Forbert, had been pegged as the next Dylan. But critics, as they often do, got it wrong -- Willie could rock harder than Dylan ever thought about. A comparison to Springsteen would be more on target.
In the winter of 1980 he had begun on his sophomore album, Golden Down, which included the song "I Can't Get You Off Of My Mind." Willie had switched from guitar to piano on the song, but not just any piano -- the piano John Lennon composed "Imagine" on. In fact, John and Yoko were down the hall mixing their own album.
"Their engineer called late on a Sunday night," Willie said. "asking for guitar strings for John. We sent some over and I was going to put a note in with the strings just to say `Hello ... thanks for all the music ... lots of love,' ... but didn't, figuring I'd tell him when I met him in a day or two. He was killed that night on his way home from the studio."
Willie could fill an afternoon with stories like that -- opening for The Who in the 80s, singing with Bruce Springsteen in front of 60,000 people, Ringo coming backstage before his encore and invite him onstage at the end of the All Star Band tour which Willie opened for him back in the early 90's to sing on "With A Little Help From My Friends," and more.
Somewhere around 1990 Willie and I became pen pals -- a relationship we carry on to this day.
And now House of a Thousand Guitars, his ninth CD has released. It's a rollicking wall of sound, with Willie's usual cool lyrics -- a rock `n' roll masterpiece.
One of my personal favorites is the tongue-in-cheek "Doomsday Dance" so I asked him about it.
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