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Speaking from his home in the Midwest on a beautiful spring day, singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin would strike you as a pretty relaxed guy. As he recounts his numerous accomplishments without any bravado, it would be understandable for McLaughlin to feel like he could coast a little as he prepares to release his third album, Promising Promises (Razor & Tie). Case in point: An aptitude for ... Read more in Amazon's Jon McLaughlin Store

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B007JU1RJC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Promising Promises
2. You Never Know
3. Summer Is Over feat. Sara Bareilles
4. The Atmosphere
5. What I Want
6. I'll Follow You
7. Maybe It's Over (feat. Xenia Martinez)
8. If Only I
9. Falling
10. Without You Now
11. My Girl Tonight
12. These Crazy Times

Editorial Reviews

Jon McLaughlin's new album Promising Promises embodies McLaughlin's irresistible songwriting style along with his sweetly melancholic approach to storytelling. As he explains, "It feels really good to have a record that I'm working on that I can really deliver wholeheartedly knowing that the fans are getting a piece of me." He continues, "There isn't a note on the record that I didn't spend hours scrutinizing over, or at the very least sitting with and playing over and over again. I feel like it's a real connection to me." Promising Promises takes flight on the album's first single, "Summer Is Over," (featuring Sara Bareilles) written for a friend in the throes of a crushing break-up. The track is the perhaps the most incendiary of Jon's career. Also at the core of Promising Promises are songs like "These Crazy Times,' (written after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill), "If Only I" (bearing a different take on loss, written from the perspective of a person deeply, madly in love with someone they've never worked up the courage to talk to) and the album's consuming title track, "Promising Promises," a piano tour-de-force.

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Great job, well done Jon.
J. Hathaway
I can listen to every single track on this album on repeat.
composinkid
He should be topping the charts!
Kevin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Johnson on May 25, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
Jon is the total package. This album is one amazing song after another. I find myself frustrated when I feel like I haven't been able to hear enough of the songs on my car ride to work. I have at least 7 favorites on this album (Only if I, Promising Promises, The Atmosphere, You Never Know, I'll Follow You, Summer is Over, Falling, My Girl Tonight...and every other song on the album...is that more than 7? oops :) . It is a perfect progression from his album 'Indiana'. And the bonus song accompaning Track #12 is a pleasant surprise. You will not be disappointed with this purchase. Love this man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By composinkid on January 16, 2013
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Simply amazing. You can tell so much work is put into each and every song, as they have instrumentations that are more complex than any top 40 song out there. Every song is catchy with gorgeous and fun melodies, and the lyrics have a depth to them that is rare to find on the radio nowadays. The songs also encompass many different genres. The track I'll Follow You is a gorgeous piano/cello ballad, and The Atmosphere is an incredible upbeat song that changes time meters for the chorus (from 4/4 to 6/8, which you never hear on the radio either; if you're a music major you'll know what I'm talking about). I can listen to every single track on this album on repeat. Buy this album, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on December 9, 2012
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Why isn't this guy a star? Great voice, great musician, great songs, great looking! He should be topping the charts!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hathaway on May 27, 2012
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I don't know how Jon does it, but somehow, I feel like he jumps into my soul and writes an album that my soul needs. His lyrical rainbow of sorts twists from one direction to another incapsulating you in an emotionally immersive musical experience. 'Promising Promises' is a close follow up to his independent album 'Forever If Ever' that was released last fall; reusing some of those extraordinary songs and adding some new ones. I couldn't wait to hear "The Atmosphere," having heard it at the Super Bowl Village when it was premiered live. "The Atmosphere" gives 'Promising Promises' a fresh touch, while "Falling" puts you in the mood to find your one and ONLY special someone. I think that he got his piano grove back while writing the music and lyrics of this album; and I love the refined restraint of Razor & Tie to keep that grove intact. Awesome album... 'Forever If Ever' has been playing non stop in my car since the 9th of September and this new 'Promising Promises' will certainly be my fall back for this summer. Great job, well done Jon. I love it. I can't wait to see you again live!!! Ok now... stop reading and trust me Amazon shoppers... BUY IT ALREADY!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KT on July 13, 2013
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I love this album soooo much!! I can listen to the entire thing over and over! Most albums have only a few good songs but I love every song on this one! I wish they were playing his music on the radio. The songs are so well written! They really make you want to sing along. And the piano playing...!! So awesome! There are two songs that are duets, one with Sara Barellies who is one of my favorite female singer-songwriters and the other with Xenia who I watched on The Voice and am so happy to hear her beautiful voice again! That made the album extra special, not to mention both duet songs are amazing songs no matter who is singing them. I went back and downloaded some of Jon's older music too and he has a lot of other really good songs. Still I think this is his best album to-date. I recognized the song Beautiful Disaster from his album Indiana. I remembered hearing it on the radio a long time ago and really liking it at the time, but somehow I kind-of forgot it existed. I'm so glad to have re-connected with this artist! And to think it only happened because of Pandora. I didn't know what I was missing!
My favorite songs are: Promising Promises, You Never Know, Summer is Over, Maybe It's Over, If Only I, Without You Now, These Crazy Times. But seriously just get the whole album because the rest of the songs are awesome too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By danbooke2001 on April 20, 2013
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Bought this album after running across the solo version of Promising Promises on YouTube and was so impressed by how he could make the piano sing, I decided I had to buy the album. There is not a single song on the album that I do not like. If you have heard his music and like it at all, you will not be disappointed in this purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi on February 11, 2013
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This CD does not have a single song on it that I want to skip over. They all have such a great melody and contain such a variety of emotions. It definitely holds up with Indiana, his first album, that made me fall in love with him in the beginning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LittleLady on October 14, 2012
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Each song seems so powerful and clearly written from the heart. Great beats. Great hooks. Great lyrics. I love the whole CD.
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