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Palindrome Hunches [ Exclusive]

Neil HalsteadAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Neil Halstead has so far released two solo albums. 2002's 'Sleeping on Roads' on 4AD records and the more whimsical 'Oh Mighty Engine" released 2008 on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire label, with whom he has toured extensively. Both albums expand and draw influence from British and American folk music, new and old ; from Nick Drake , Bert Jaunch and Townes ... Read more in Amazon's Neil Halstead Store

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Republic
  • ASIN: B008OM7A6I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Digging Shelters
2. Bad Drugs and Minor Chords
3. Wittgenstien's
4. Spin The Bottle
5. Tied To You
6. Love Is A Beast
7. Palindrome Hunches
8. Full Moon Rising
9. Sandy
10. Hey Daydreamer
11. Loose Change

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This deluxe CD edition is exclusive to Amazon and is limited to 500 copies worldwide. Presented in a notebook style format with a chipboard front and back cover, the release features Neil Halstead's handwritten lyric sheets as well as open space for your own ruminations as you listen to the album. This is Neil's third solo album after a storied career with Slowdive and Mojave 3. AllMusic has called Neil "one of Britain's most respected songwriters".

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Back in the pre-internet days--before one could look up anything faster than it took me to type this sentence--I was a heavy listener of both Slowdive and Mojave 3, without ever realizing that they were essentially the same band as far as the members were concerned. Each led by singer/songwriter Neil Halstead, the two groups could not have been more different musically. Both specialized in lush, melodic, dreamy songs, but Mojave 3 were the stripped-down and mostly acoustic--one could even argue country-ish--cousin to Slowdive's tripped-out walls of guitars.

With Slowdive being only a distant memory (though reunion rumors are getting increasingly louder) and Mojave 3 an on-again off-again venture, each subsequent release from Halstead has been more subdued and personal, and that trend continues with 'Palindrome Hunches,' his first album in four years.

Halstead's uniquely intimate yet alluring voice--accompanied throughout only by a gentle acoustic guitar, subtle piano, violin, and the occasional banjo or tambourine--is in top form here. He has a way of making me strain to hear every last word, as his songs are almost like short stories, with little nuggets of wisdom spread throughout, and always delivered with an interesting turn of phrase that, when combined with the beautiful musical arrangements, makes it seem more profound than it would be otherwise. A good example is the dark, haunting "Tied to You," one of the fuller arrangements on the album. When he sings "There's a heart that beats, but you don't show it," it's very powerful--almost ominous--when backed by an eerie violin and hypnotic, minor chord guitar picking.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFUL KIND OF SADNESS September 19, 2012
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One who has never listened to a Neil Halstead record before (this being his 3rd solo venture) might listen to this and think he's trying to be Nick Drake. To do so would be a mistake. To do so would be to ignore his efforts with the bands Slowdive and Mojave 3. All of the records he made with those bands, and the two previous solo albums, has led him to create the most intimate, articulate and heartbreaking album of his unimaginably amazing career.

I have listened to this album several times already and it was only released a week ago. There aren't too many albums out this year that I have listened to more than twice. The music is minimal: acoustic guitar, piano, upright bass and violin. Keeping it this simple allows the vocals to become the focal point, as they should, they are some of the best lyrics he's ever written. "Death runs deep in this family, writes a song for the left hand only. Lost my arm in the first great war, wish I never learned that piano before" he sings in Wiggenstein's Arm. "Don't worry if you don't hear nothing for a time, it's just my way" he laments on the closing track, "Loose Change."

It's difficult to write a song with such incredible sadness and beauty at the same time. Neil Halstead has written an entire album. It's as if he's telling us all, "It's ok to be sad, for a time, but it's also ok to stop being sad." I am in love with this album.

Key Tracks: ALL OF THEM
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Neil Halstead has and continues to be one of the best singer/songwriters on the planet and on his new record, Palindrome Hunches, he continues to showcase his talents. The album has some similarities to his first two solo records, but Palindrome is a bit darker and his use of the piano and violin on many of the songs adds an interesting twist to the album.

The album does not jump out at you the way the previous two did and there are not a lot of catchy, upbeat songs on the record but having listened to it five times through I find myself enjoying it more and more everytime I listen to it. If you are a fan of Neil Halstead from his Mojave 3 and Slowdive days, this album is a must for you. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars so great February 15, 2014
By Jeff
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such a great album. this dude is amazing. definitely buy this cd if you like chill music. his voice just makes my heart happy
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4.0 out of 5 stars ok November 27, 2013
By tmac17
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its good for what it is. everything else he has done on his own reminds me too much of iron and wine. i like iron and wine but i dont need another one of him and its not something i can always listen too. really cool packaging though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album November 12, 2013
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The Excuses for Travellers was my favorite post-Slowdive album of Neil Halstead's projects, but I think this album really rivals that in terms of quality. Definitely one of my favorite buys this year. And, check out the new Black Hearted Brother! His new project goes back to 90s shoegaze/space rock. Reminds me of Spiritualized, but with more of a jam quality instead of orchestrated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! September 14, 2013
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More often than we'd like to admit. an album from a present day artist would appear and apart from the hit single or two, the rest of the album is mere filler or the songs are all disposable clones of each other. However, sometimes a rarity like this one will come along in which ALL OF THE SONGS ARE GOOD! and it becomes part of one's permanent collection, which will survive repeated purges of other albums as tastes and moods change. This one is a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
FABULOUS!!!! Over and over
Published 18 days ago by SUE B HERRING
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Halstead
Amazing throughout the album. A must listen. Definitely shows his ongoing growth as a songwriter. Super melodic and low-fi, it's a great rainy day album, or sunshine day. Read more
Published 13 months ago by A. Drosman
5.0 out of 5 stars Geniale CD
Absolut empfehlenswerte CD! Im typischen, verbessertem Stil von Neil Halstead. Es ist mir noch immer unklar, warum diese CD mit dieser erstklassigen Musik nicht auf dem deutschen... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mandy Binde
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasant listening
Soft, soothing sound with 10 nice songs and one masterpiece(Wittgenstein's arm). What I imagine Nick Drake(not quite up to Drake's level of song writing) might have sounded like... Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. K. Berg
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Tom McRae, Bon Iver, Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, etc.......
Easily one of the best albums of 2011. Mr. Halstead is formerly of Mojave 3 and that 90's ill-content thrives on this, his third solo record, It's dark, beautifu, full of hope and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by batcat22
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one Yet
This is my favorite Neil Halstead album so far. It's sweet, funny and quietly endearing. I keep going back to it. It's probably my favorite album of 2012.
Published 20 months ago by K. Rafalski
5.0 out of 5 stars My hunch was correct
I had a hunch after hearing his music on Bushfire Records that I would like this and I was right. I did try and buy this here in the U.K. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Heather Rhodes-Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great
This CD is the first I've heard from Neil Halstead's solo career. I love Slowdive and Mojave 3, so I bought this out of curiosity regarding Neil's adoption of the folksy... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ricky H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful melancholy finger-style guitar
This is a nice collection of beautiful, simple, melancholy acoustic guitar/piano songs that are not too earnest/emotional or sparse as others in the same style often are. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jeremy S. Lavine
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