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But I would wager there is not a single ( open minded ) Guitar freak out there who would not sit back and be humbled by the brilliance of this album, nor one that does not find the outstanding beauty and emotion in this music. I have only just received my copy from Amazon, and I dont think since "Casino" by Al Di Meola there has been an album that has hit my emotions in the same way.
Perfect acoustic guitar playing and( perhaps more importantly ) song writing. Thank you Tommy Emmanuel ... someome below said it ... a masterpiece. Expect more business from me pretty soon !
The general tone of the CD is cheerful and uplifting, with a variety to the rhythm and tempo that keeps my attention from drifting. There are a couple of more introspective passages, such as "Questions" and the truly beautiful "The Robin" with its fair sampling of Spanish and classical guitar. There are also some more raucous songs thrown in for good measure, such as the bluegrass-tinged "Biskie," "Train to Dusseldorf" and the jazzy "Ol' Brother Hubbard." Among the brighter moments is "Mombassa" which was written while on a trip to Africa where the Emmanuel family met the young boy they had been sponsoring for years. It's a happy, knockin' around kind of song that will cheer you up no matter your mood. All of these tunes sound lyrical enough to conjure up images of tales being told.
I have become an early riser in recent years, and Tommy Emmanuel's "Only" has become my constant companion at the break of day.
Tommy spends a lot of time barnstorming the globe, usually in solo acoustic shows filled with music of the style presented here. Don't pass up an opportunity to see him pick, pluck, strum, brush and beat on his guitar. It's unforgettable! To boot, he's a very personable fellow, making the audience feel like he's playing for his friends in his living room.
I originally wrote this review after hearing the Australian release, and the Favored Nations release is identical. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I highly recommend for any TE fan. The album is only songs that he wrote.Published 15 months ago by Justin Case
This is the best of his releases! I am so glad that I was able to pick it up through Amazon!Published on July 11, 2010 by Oly-E
One of the CD's that is always in the player. No matter the mood there is always a match. Truly a master player Tommy E. never bores me.Published on May 27, 2010 by Rod Chatfield
Love the talent of this guy - purchased it for my father for Father's Day; he's a professional musician and he was impressed with his style.Published on June 25, 2008 by Marindi Coward
Not only holds up to repeat listening, but becomes richer with familiarity. Beautiful playing and compositions - hard to believe it's a solo guitarist. Read morePublished on May 19, 2008 by JCJB So-Cal
The album is a marvelous, enjoyable example of the uncanny abilities of Tommy Emmanuel. He must be heard to be appreciated; this album allows him to be appreciated over and over... Read morePublished on March 11, 2008 by R. Edson Porter
I was in search of a great instrumental guitar CD and happened upon the name Tommy Emmanuel during my search; I'm sure glad I did. Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by Acoustic T.
Only a handful of recordings demonstrate the level of musicianship that Mr. Emmanuel provides here. He accomplishes the rare feat of communicating true emotion with his... Read morePublished on January 5, 2008 by Jenny Sequois