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March 2, 2010

  Song Title
The Black Rats Of London
Prairie Dog Town
Continents Drift
Here We Are Again
Space Is The Place
Michael Raphael
Simple Prayer
In The Low Country

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 50:54
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  • ASIN: B003A7PM58
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,218 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This disc balances "Big Swing Face" and "Halcyon Days" September 15, 2009
By T. Cole
Format:Audio CD
Bruce and the Noisemaker's newest disc, Levitate, is a very solid cut that seems to incorporate the adventurism of 2002's "Big Swing Face" with the more mainstream sound of 2005's "Halcyon Days" and continues the band's tradition of strong songwriting. Ever evolving as an artist, Hornsby's albums all have a distinct sound from the preceeding one, and even between album songs themselves. (This attribute may alienate some fans of radio tracks, but it keeps Bruce and the band relevant to the world, and treasured by fans craving music inspired by the ear rather than the focus group, and makes each live show an unforgettable, near religious experience.)

"Levitate" is no different. Bruce's signature lyrics that span between cringing and inspirational. 'Prarie Dog Town' is the most catchy song on the disc, but 'Black rats'. 'Cyclone', 'Continents Drift', 'Here we go again' will have you wearing out the repeat button on your player. Most importantly, the entire disc just seems to work as a whole album if you listen to it a few times. In these days of a la carte song marketing, this is a rare feat.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stand still for the turkey. Stay loose for the squirrel. September 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Normally I give Bruce four or five stars per album, but "Levitate" is the first album of his (well, second, along with 2002's "Big Swing Face") that I just can't give that many stars. I liked "Levitate" as a whole, but only half the album really grabbed me. I will always give Bruce five stars for experimentation, originality, innovation, and pushing his audience to broaden their horizons. To me, that makes a great, legendary artist. Yes, legendary, because, in my not so humble opinion, Hornsby smacks down Elton John and Billy Joel as far as popular pianists goes (and I like John and Joel, mind you).

"Levitate" starts off great with the pestilence history lesson of "The Black Rats Of London". It stomps its way into your brain with infectious drum patterns and 'hoorah, hooray' for the black rats of London. But it's "Prairie Dog Town" that really shines here. Not afraid to rap it and hip hop it with the help of Snoop Dogg and The Neptunes, Hornsby shows he is truly fearless (and humorous as well). After the furry critters comes "Cyclone". I tried to like this song about virility and youth as one ages, but musically it did not strike a chord with me. However, "Continents Drift" is as beautiful a metaphor for a long loved relationship as anything he has written. "Paperboy" is just weird. About a serial killer perhaps? It sounds like a Steely Dan leftover, and musically it just didn't fit for me. "Invisible" is a great 'ignoring stupid people' song with a catchy beat and melody line.

The title track, "Levitate" is another great 'stand up to challenges to be successful' song from Hornsby. And then things fall apart. "Here We Are Again" is just okay, nothing special. The worst track here is by far "Space Is The Place"--this just might be my least favorite Hornsby track of all time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss, But Generally a Winner September 17, 2009
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Speaking as more of a fan of the "old" Bruce Hornsby (the Spirit Trail and earlier releases), I have been disappointed in many of his more recent ventures. As such, I ordered "Levitate" with great hesitation. While I have to admit that many of the tracks that others have mentioned being the standouts were not as much so for me, I *loved* the title track, and also found tracks like "In the Low Country," "Invisible" and "Prairie Dog Town" to be rather catchy. It is nice to see Bruce et al return to fine form on most of the album. While there were some less than stellar tracks, I think on the whole this fan is a happy camper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornsby's journey continues ... September 26, 2009
By J. Read
Format:Audio CD
For the first time, on this album Bruce Hornsby (and The Noisemakers) have blended all the themes of previous albums - the rock, the funk, the soaring ballads, the challenging jazz themes, even the hints of Celtic folk styles - into one visionary set. It is not that easy - you will need to use your brain to listen to it - but if you do, this journey with Hornsby gives a new vista at every turn and will enrich your Fall 2009. If you need help getting into it, start with 'Space if the Place' (track #9) - and turn the volume up up up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Hatin' January 27, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have follwed the brilliant career of this man since High School. His first album came out when I was in 11th grade. I remember he was up against Glass Tiger for best new artist of the year. This slob of a girl told me no way was Hornsby going to beat out Glass Tiger. I'm quite sure she ate herself to death at some point later on while Hornsby has gone on to be respected in the musical industry like not too many other people. When he changed his style, which to me was after Harbor Lights, it took a long time for me to get used to it. Swing Face was the first CD I struggled to love, and still do though it has it's moments.

I liked Levitate immediately. I am surprised at some of the negative reviews I have read. It's those that liked the last 2 releases and did not dig this one that baffle me. It's very much in the same vein but has a little more variety to it.
I believe someone was offended by the serial killer aspects of paper boy. Why? He has always been a quirky lyricist. The ONLY thing that irrates the hell out of me is his boys rapping on Space is the Place. Rednecks (and I mean that with the upmost respect) should not rap. I'd rather no one did but especially southern boys.

long story short, if you have found something enjoyable in most of his work, this one should provide the same. I think this is a fun and well written/performed piece of work and just adds to my admiration for Bruce.

The man is most likely a musical genious of some sort, damn it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leviate your mood with Bruce Hornsby
Husband likes Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and he often listens to this one on his car trips. There are favorites on this CD.
Published 4 months ago by Jo Ellen Lear
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
A very very good CD. Incredible variety and musicianship. I didn't know Bruce had it in him but this CD is musical perfection. One of the best CD's I've every heard. Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by Jesse111
5.0 out of 5 stars some good some very good some great
Bruce and his excellent band The Noisemakers do not know how to produce a bad track. I love this album.
Published on October 1, 2011 by DAVID E KLABOE
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid. Full sound.
This record has really grown on me. Thinking about the 1st track (Black Rats) makes me want to pull up the whole thing to play. Some great arrangements and bass lines. Read more
Published on April 14, 2011 by lunarch
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Interesting & Enjoyable Bruce Album
Maybe more like a 4 1/2-star album, but lots of good stuff on this one: "Cyclone", "Continents Drift", "Invisible", to name just a few. Read more
Published on March 12, 2011 by John G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
"Hoorah Hooray" for this CD. Wishes or future predictions: Play Sick Bastard (The Stranger) is taped and sold on DVD boosting sales for this CD and music from this CD becomes part... Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by EH from Virginia
4.0 out of 5 stars Livin' It Up in the Low Country
Bruce Hornsby's new album opens with a boisterous bit of fiddle-inflected folk-rock called "The Black Rats of London. Read more
Published on December 27, 2009 by Jim Newsom
3.0 out of 5 stars From Levitation To Boring.......
First of all, I have everything that Bruce has ever recorded. So I would consider myself to be a fan. But this CD is just plain a complete bore. Read more
Published on November 7, 2009 by GALLI
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Hornsby Still At The Top of His Game!
What a great album. I've been a fan of the incredibly talented Mr. Hornsby for a long time. "Black Rats of London" starts the album well and "Cyclone" has a kind of upbeat but... Read more
Published on October 30, 2009 by Pambo
2.0 out of 5 stars What's going on
I am finding it more & more difficult to like what Bruce is doing now, not the best, just got keep playing it, perhaps it will make sence then
Published on October 14, 2009 by Will of Wells
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