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listen  1. For Your MoneyDaniel Merriweather 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. ImpossibleDaniel Merriweather 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. ChangeDaniel Merriweather featuring Wale 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. ChainsawDaniel Merriweather 4:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. CigarettesDaniel Merriweather 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. RedDaniel Merriweather 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Could YouDaniel Merriweather 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Not Giving UpDaniel Merriweather 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Getting OutDaniel Merriweather 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Water And A FlameDaniel Merriweather featuring Adele 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Live By NightDaniel Merriweather 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Giving Everything Away For FreeDaniel Merriweather 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. The ChildrenDaniel Merriweather 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 

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You may already be familiar with the powerhouse pipes of Daniel Merriweather, the 27-year-old Australian who lends his old-soul voice to “Stop Me” — an ingenious mash-up of The Smiths’“Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” and The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’On” that appears on DJ/producer Mark Ronson’s ... Read more in Amazon's Daniel Merriweather Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B002DHSH1W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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U.S. pressing of the debut albumm from the Australian singer/songwriter. Already an enormous hit in the UK, Love & War, debuted at #2 on the British album chart and the album's first single, 'Red', was #2 most-played song in the UK and features stellar guitar work from Sean Lennon and Harper Simon (Paul's son). Though Merriweather may be best known in the U.S. as the remarkably soulful voice behind 'Stop Me' (a standout track from DJ/producer Mark Ronson's album Version), the 27-year-old Melbourne native firmly establishes himself as a solo artist in his own right on Love & War, which pulses with '60s Soul keyboards and horns, warm textures of acoustic and electric guitar, and cinematic string arrangements, all anchored by Merriweather's combustible vocals.

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'Red' is richly constructed pop drenched in keening romantic regret. ...a soulful voice of the Otis Redding/Al Green/Marvin Gaye variety and lushly arranged songs that channel an array of influences from early Elton John ("For Your Money") to vintage Holland-Dozier-Holland ("Impossible"). -- Billboard February 27,2010

Does the world really need another twentysomething blue-eyed-soul upstart? If it's Daniel Merriweather, then the answer is yes, please. The solid pop hooks and gritty-sweet, unabashedly nostalgic arrangements on the Aussie singer/songwriter's debut rival any R&B-flavored imports of recent years. And Merriweather's precociously grainy vocals make Justin Timberlake sound like, well, a boy-band alum. - 3½ stars -- USA Today,February 23,2010

The retro-soulful singer gets his much deserved close-up on the year's best debut... Love & War feels like the male answer to Back to Black. 3½ stars- "Critic's Choice" -- People, March 1, 2010

There was no doubt that a new star was born... Merriweather wowed a packed house at the Troubadour, where such legends as Elton John broke in the U.S. And if the strength of Merriweather's debut disc, Love & War -- long on stylistic ambition and old-school instrumentation -- is any indication, Merriweather's West Coast maiden voyage could achieve similar historic significance. -- Daily Variety January 21, 2010

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Such a good listen!!!!
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The songs he sings just melt your heart.
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His work is varied and intense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne on March 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I absolutely love Daniel Merriweather! Listening to his voice is addictive, and I can't stop listening to this CD! He has a voice comparable to Stevie Wonder, and that says a lot! He deserves more praise and attention for his amazing voice! My favorite songs are "Giving Everything Away for Free", "Red", "Water and a Flame" featuring another amazing vocalist, Adele. Everyone should buy this album! You won't be able to stop listening to it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on March 1, 2010
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One might argue that to some extent, the traditional R&B album is a thing of the past. Only few exceptions to this have occurred in recent times that have evoked both commercial and critical success. The most notable of 2008 was Anthony Hamilton's exceptional The Point Of It All; in 2009, it was Maxwell's Grammy-award winning BLACKsummers'night. In 2010, it seems as if true, more traditionally conceived R&B albums are the trend, with chart-topping, critically praised efforts from Sade and Jaheim, who in particular has refined his 'ghetto-R&B' into more adult leaning territory. Daniel Merriweather's U.S. debut Love & War is yet another traditional R&B and one of 2010's very best albums, period. Sure, we're early into the year, but Merriweather's album will certainly be remembered by fans and critics by the year's end. Merriweather, indigenous to Australia, brings his A-game on this retro-/neo- soul masterpiece. Sure, there are some infusions of soft-rock/pop, but predominately, this is an outright, soul album. Sad to say, so many of the U.S. R&B artists are more concerned with the infusion of hip-hop into the R&B, often times convoluting it into the 'same song'. That isn't to say that retro-soul artists sometimes dabble to much in the past, but there is something to be learned from the past that delivered classic hits and a signature sound.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 2, 2009
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Looking for some retro Soul Motown/Philly style? Look no further than Daniel Merriweather's solo debut "Love & War".

Produced by Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Adele, Kaiser Chiefs), there are horns, organs, and harmonies a plenty. Daniel was the vocalist on Ronson's 2007 hit "Stop me", and if you liked that, there's more where that came from.

Opening cut "Impossible" is a horn drenched soulful number that sounds like some lost Motown classic. "Could you" is a beautiful sunny song that cleverly nicks its chorus from The Mamas and The Papas "California dreaming" to very good effect. My favourite!

Lead-off single "Change" is a groovy upbeat Hip Hop tinged song with a rap from Wale and lyrics taking a look at the state of the world. "Not giving up" is a bouncy Motown-style number, while the bonus track "You don't know what love is" is funky.

For ballads, we have the piano driven "For your money", the absolutely incredible "Water and a flame", a Jazzy duet with a very Amy Winehouse-sounding Adele (and my other favourite). Others are the acoustic "Red", the soulful "Live by night", the Gospel-tinged "All of the people" with wonderfully layered harmonies ("Invade them then cheat them, talk about freedom, and that's how the West was won" go the lyrics in part), and the beautifuly wistful "Giving everything away for free".

Daniel is definitely one to watch!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tadpole on March 7, 2010
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Cuz Amazon only goes up to 5! This guy sounds like Marvin Gaye meets Teddy Pendergrass - for real. And the songs - this kid has songwriting chops that match his pipes. Absolutely top-notch 60's soul with a touch of Beatles and The Band thrown in for good measure. Fresh, amazing, and so far, unspoken. Call me an instant fan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Hill on August 6, 2010
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I'm totally late on this guy. I happened to download his CD today and was instantly blown away. I know when a CD is good or not within the first listen and this CD grades at an A+. When I heard the first song " For Your Money", I knew he was quite special. Daniel's voice is so soulful and he did a good job of selecting the right song writers (he is one himself) and producers. The album was put together very well. I pretty much like 12 out of the 13 songs, which is excellent. My favorites are:

Getting Out
Water and A Flame
Red
Live by Night
Could You

Please buy this one and share with your family and friends. It's such a good listen. Such a good listen!!!!
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May 10th, 2010

I'll keep this rather short. I just downloaded this album 2 nights ago and I'm not disappointed overall. Daniel has a voice almost unlike any other. It's really soulful displayed rather well on songs like 'For Your Money', 'Cigarettes' and 'Chainsaw'.

'Change' featuring the new and upcoming rapper Wale is instantly catchy while maintaining a soulful vibe. 'Giving Everything Away For Free' is an underrated track. The vocals are beautiful, it starts out almost optimistic-sounding and then floats into obscurity and pain. 'Water And A Flame' is a pretty neat duet with Adele, but it can be a bit dreary after a while.

My main complaint about this effort is that although it has very few tracks that are very average, many of the tracks that don't quite stand out a lot are right after another, in the middle of the album.

The disc starts out very strong with possibly my favorite track, the rocky 'For Your Money', then the catchy 'Impossible', the unforgettable 'Change' (Feat. Wale) and 'Chainsaw', my former favorite track. It also ends solid with 'Giving Everything Away For Free' and the inspirational and almost lulling 'The Children'.

All in all it's solid, but I just thought there could have been more outstanding tracks added to the mix.

4 stars or an 8/10.

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'For Your Money'
'Giving Everything Away For Free' &
'Change' (Feat. Wale)

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'Cigarettes' (it's sung beautifully, but the song itself is lifeless)
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