Levitate

March 2, 2010 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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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: #139,839 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

One of the best CD's I've every heard.
Jesse111
It just ruins what could have been a good, if not great song.
jw
I have really enjoyed listening to this new CD.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. Cole on September 15, 2009
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 By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on September 25, 2009
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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 By David R. Seid on 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 By J. Read on September 26, 2009
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 By Bryan M. Tucker on 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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