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2009 album from the singer, songwriter and keyboardist best known for '80s hits like 'What Is Love?', 'No One Is To Blame' and 'Everlasting Love'. This is the album that fans have been waiting for. Written and recorded over the past two years, Ordinary Heroes is being regarded as Jones's best album in 20 years. The album features a string quartet on every track and focuses on Jones as a songwriter. 10 tracks.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B002P3KRXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on December 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Let me start by saying that Howard Jones was the first artist I bought with my own money, at age 11, back in 1984. He started me on this journey of collecting music over the last 25 years. I saw him open for the Eurythmics at Red Rocks in August 1984. I saw him again at Red Rocks as the headliner in June 1985, and once more as the headliner at Red Rocks in May 1987. Absolutely great shows that are forever etched in my memories.

However, after 1984's "Human's Lib" and 1985's "Dream Into Action", Howard deviated from his strengths as a musician. I learned to appreciate 1986's "One To One" and 1989's "Cross That Line", but they weren't as strong as his first two albums. 1992's "In The Running" was a further departure away from Howard's strengths, going virtually acoustic and adult contemporary. Since 1992, Howard had struggled to reconcile his music with his hardcore fans like myself. Each album amounting to bits and pieces of genius rather than an entire album's worth like his first two albums.

So with this in mind, I listened to "Ordinary Heroes" multiple times searching for something to like, but this cd is just dull. I know Howard is 54 now with grown children and all, but come on. Where's the old spirit? His last album, 2005's "Revolution Of The Heart" was supposed to be a return to his roots, but something fell flat, and now "Ordinary Heroes" is a re-tread of "In The Running". Dull. This isn't to say terrible, but I am annoyed that Howard sees fit to continually use songs he's already recorded on his new albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By that other guy on January 14, 2012
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I love the songs on this CD. The music leaves you humming the tunes after you have turned it off. The lyrics will inspire you to seek out the good qualities in people. Howard Jones truly highlights and celebrates the dignity that we all share as humans regardless of our lot in life. Although I am a fan of Howard's ealier, more elctronic sound; he has fashioned a masterpiece with this album. If you are on the fence wondering whether it is worth buying a CD from an artist who has seen more popular days in his past, you will be pleasantly thrilled with this music's quality.
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What you're going to find on "Ordinary Heroes" is not what you're used to getting from Howard. He made a conscious choice to ditch the trademark synths for this album, and that must have led to a change in composition style.

Missing are the hooks and grooves you tend to associate with Jones' electropop music; you'll have to look deeper under the surface of his work for those signature musical touches, through the strings and piano. The uplifting character of his lyrics may be more upfront for fans' tastes, without the electronic pulses that pull us through his earlier music, some of this may make you think he's going for the "Gray's Anatomy" crowd or worse, Katherine Heigl rom-coms. But the earnestness of his subjects has always been there, just not in such 'ordinary' settings.

Don't let it frustrate you, I suspect it will grow on open-minded fans. Just think of it as Howard stretching his boundaries, rather than selling-out or "maturing" - for my taste, HoJo's been pretty mature and vital in his songwriting since "Human's Lib". If this is too adult-contemp for you, I suggest you try "People" if you haven't heard it.

So I'll give him his due here, but...he better not let those keyboards get too dusty...!
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