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Speaking from his home in the Midwest on a beautiful spring day, singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin would strike you as a pretty relaxed guy. As he recounts his numerous accomplishments without any bravado, it would be understandable for McLaughlin to feel like he could coast a little as he prepares to release his third album, Promising Promises (Razor & Tie). Case in point: An aptitude for ... Read more in Amazon's Jon McLaughlin Store

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  • Audio CD (May 1, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • ASIN: B000P0IW4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Industry
2. Beautiful Disaster
3. Just Give It Time
4. Already In - Jon McLaughlin
5. For You From Me - Jon McLaughlin
6. Human - Jon McLaughlin
7. Indiana - Jon McLaughlin
8. Anthem for American Teenagers - Jon McLaughlin
9. People - Jon McLaughlin
10. Amelia's Missing - Jon McLaughlin
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Conversations
2. Throwing A Line
3. Industry (live performance video)

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While his friends were cramming economics, science, and business, Jon McLaughlin was studying piano, and his major-label debut confirms that the Indiana-bred singer/songwriter finished at the top of his class. Three years after his self-titled debut, which was the result of a competition triumph at his music school, McLaughlin meshes his upbringing with his adult-life influences (Billy Joel, Ben Folds) for an ambitiously crafted and extrovertly performed album of piano-led rock and balladry. Essentially a memoir for the twenty-something artist, Indiana wanders through admissions and opinions about love, conviction, close acquaintances, and familial bonds. McLaughlin's classical ties are rarely missing and most evident in songs like the good-natured "Industry," the yearning-for-home title track, and "Amelia's Missing," where he shamefully asks, "I can't find my wallet, so how in the hell am I supposed to find the one that I love?" The latter is the kind of heart-on-the-sleeve, fingers-on-the-ivory sincerity that has garnered McLaughlin a loyal contingent wherever he plays--one that's likely to breed as these 13 songs hit the street. --Scott Holter

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His songs are very well written- both lyrically and musically.
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Jon has an amazing voice and is a talented song writer and musician.
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I saw him on one of the late night show and HAD to get the cd.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nadyne Richmond VINE VOICE on July 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As of this writing, the Amazon information for this version of the album is missing, so it's hard to figure out what the difference is between the two releases.

There are two versions of Jon McLaughlin's "Indiana". There's the mainstream edition (buying it from Amazon nets you a nice bonus disc with it), and there's the Christian edition of it. The difference between the two albums is one song. The mainstream edition has the song "Amelia's Missing", which includes the line "how in the hell am I supposed to find the one that I love?". The Christian edition removes this song and replaces it with "Proud Father", a ballad about unconditional love.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michelle A. Cope on May 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Let's see, I think it's been a couple of weeks now that I've been listening to a song called "Beautiful Disaster". I first heard it when I found a website about the upcoming movie Georgia Rule. I love Jane Fonda and in this film she is complimented by Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan. The film opens in theaters on May 11th, but you won't have to wait that long to find out who sings one of the songs from the movie.

It's Jon McLaughlin. The same Jon McLaughlin who released his debut CD, Indiana, last week. Indiana features "Beautiful Disaster" along with 12 other songs that chronicle Jon's feelings and emotions on a plethora of topics. He has penned lyrics on subjects such as love, girls, faith, family, friends and music.

Before I finished listening to the entire CD, I would have told you that "Beautiful Disaster" was my favorite; now I'm perplexed and can't give you a concrete contestant for the honor of first place. "Industry" is a powerful song that explores the business that Jon has chosen as a career and his hopes and fears on what it might hold.

"Indiana", the album's title track, is special to me because I'm a Midwest girl. I'm a native of Columbus, Ohio - a town with no real discernable geographic attributes - the largest body of water I've seen in Ohio is Lake Erie to the north and the nearest mountain range I've climbed is the one at the putt-putt golf course on the east side of town. Given the assignment, I don't know what kind of song I would write about Ohio. Jon had no such problem when it came to the state of Indiana. He puts the geography of his home state into perspective with these poetic opening lyrics.

I'm glad I've never lived next to the water,

so I could never get used to the beach.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Aspen on May 10, 2007
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Jon is no doubt a talented, earnest young artist with a long career ahead of him, making and performing great music. This album features many tracks which, unfortunately, get repetitive after a while although it definitely has a place in your music library. He strikes me as a bit of a hybrid of Billy Joel (obvious keyboard influence) and Keane...now that would make for a spectacular combination if there was more gravitas underlying. "Wholesome" is refreshing, but I suspect it's a case of his youth, which simply means that he'll be getting even better as time goes on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Z. Smith on May 9, 2007
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I saw Jon live earlier this year while he was touring with Matt Wertz and was immediately captivated by his unique piano-pop style. Ever since hearing him live I've been looking forward to this album and it absolutely does not disappoint.

The opening song on the album, "Industry", may be the best song I've heard in 2007. With an incredibly upbeat fusion of piano, pop, rock, and original lyrical style it will hook you from the start. The 2nd track, "Beautiful Disaster" has been getting some radio play recently, and is a bit more mellow than the first track but still very good. I really like "Human," a song about how we're all human, and the more upbeat rockish song "Anthem for American Teenagers." Maybe its because I don't know much about the state of Indiana, or because its significantly slower than many of the songs, but for whatever reason the title track, "Indiana," is maybe my least favorite song on the album. I think my two other favorite songs on the album are "Perfect," a beautiful and relatively upbeat love song, and "Until You Got Love" which are the last two songs on the album.

Certainly some are better than others, but I really enjoy every song on this album. I would almost buy this album for "Industry" alone. I would recommend this album to all of my friends and particularly anyone looking for something new and unique or for some good piano driven pop. Buy this album, you will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Yovkovich VINE VOICE on May 22, 2007
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Jon McLaughlin may have spent the majority of his young existence in a small town in Indiana, but with his major label debut, McLaughlin solidifies the fact that he is well on his way to a much bigger and brighter backdrop. With "Indiana," McLaughlin melds together beautiful piano arrangements with silky smooth vocals while embracing both lyrical and melodic strengths at a time in music where songwriting has become far too formulaic. McLaughlin stands at the helm of what could be the future of the singer/songwriter flagship in today's ever changing musical frontier.

Standouts include the radio hit that is sure to get a lot of airplay this summer, "Beautiful Disaster," the beautifully piano driven piece "Industry," the rocking and extremely catchy "For You From Me," the uptempo hook-heavy "Praying to the Wrong God," and the self titled touching ballad "Indiana."

I'll end the review with some amazing lyrics from the song "Indiana"

"The trick of love is to never let it find you,

It's easy to get over missing out.

I know the hows and whens, but now and then,

She's all I think about."

If you're looking for some deep music with strong lyrics and extremely catchy hooks, look no further than Jon McLaughlin.
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