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  • Audio CD (February 13, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000EGDD36
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Two Step
2. Another For The Darkness
3. Happy Sad
4. Easy On The Eye
5. Keep Me Here
6. Undercover
7. Nothing Can
8. Helen
9. Something In My Way
10. Horses
11. Tomorrow (Includes Hidden Track 'Pull Me In')

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One of the best albums of 2005, The Roads Don't Love You is the follow-up to her Mercury-nominated debut Night On My Side. This re-issued copy features new artwork. Source. 2006.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Doig on November 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Gemma Hayes' debut album Night On My Side revealed her to be a complex, mercurial talent with a gift for making inspired music, and the album itself proved to be a considerable critical success. For those, like me, who've been waiting patiently for her new album to drop, and wondering whether it could live up to her brilliant debut - it's finally arrived, and the answer would appear to be a definitive YES.

The Roads Don't Love You is a slightly more conventional singer/songwriter album, less mind-bending than Night On My Side, but no less beautiful in execution. Recorded in L.A, Gemma has surrounded herself with a crack team of musicians including renowned drummer Joey Waronker, bassist Cedric LeMoyne from the sadly missed (well, by me at least) Remy Zero, and a disciplined, demanding producer in Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Travis, Pavement, Beck) who has a way of extracting excellence out of whoever he's involved with. Apparently, Gemma suffered from writers block leading up to this album - but you wouldn't know it from the consistently lovely results here.

Gemma Hayes' songs inhabit a world of beautiful strangers, undeniable attractions, deep longings, lost chances, unresolved feelings and fleeting glimpses of happiness. She addresses all of these themes in the chorus of album opener 'Two Step' - "...stop chasing every little thing that sparks, you carry all you ever need in your heart". This song is Gemma Hayes personified. So too, the bittersweet first single 'Happy/Sad', which, like so much of her work, straddles the line between being happy/sad, calm/on edge, beautiful/ugly with intoxicating ease, and builds to a beautiful climax.
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Format: Audio CD
If you're a Gemma Hayes, you already tracked this 2005 sophomore CD down in the import bins - why? Because the her label didn't see fit to warrant a domsestic U.S. release for this, one of the best albums of 2005. I'm not kidding. Hayes is a superb singer/songwriter with a lilting, warm, yet haunting voice and a clutch of delicate, insightful tunes, really not a bad cut in the bunch. One of the few recent albums you can put on and never skip ahead until to the end, ROADS is a modern classic, it's that good. But few will ever hear it, since it looks like it's already OOP?! Pick it up while you can - she's one of the most overlooked, underrated performers out there.
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I read pancake repairman's review and I can't agree with him more. I waited and waited for this album to be released. I listened to 'Night on my side' over and over again when it came out - it became the soudtrack of that year for me and I was hoping for more of the same.

Instead I was horribly disappointed when I heard this album first. It seemed overproduced and lacked the originality of the first album.

However recently I listened to it a few more times and it seems to improve each time I hear it. It seems to always be on my ipod these days.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful By pancake_repairman on November 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First listen: This first song, Two Step, is pretty horribly disappointing. It sounds like an outtake from a Michelle Branch album. It's so commercial and overproduced and super conventionally structured and not guitary at all. I can't believe Gemma would let record company producers or songwriters ruin her music like this, but I can't believe she actually wrote a song this weak and boring by herself. The next track is totally more of the same. The basic slick commercial drumbeat and electronic texturing is in the forefront of the production. Her unique vocals are still intact, but that seems kinda inconsequential at this point. This one sounds more like it should have been on Marion Raven's new substanceless commercial trash album. The electronic sounding percussion is again the dominant element in Happy Sad. The guitar sounds almost equally as processed and inorganic. I can still detect a trace of a real song under the overproduction. I just can't believe any of this is her creative work. Easy On The Eye is the first good song on the album. The lack of percussion and other extraneous elements gives the guitar and vocals some much needed breathing space. Even so, it treads closer to predictable coffehouse folk songwriting than any of her older slow songs. Keep Me Here is another upbeat song, and even though it's still more stiff and commercial that what I expect from Gemma, it is much better than the first three songs, the drumming isn't as processed and pervasive, I can kinda dig it. On Undercover the drum machine beats are back again to ruin everything. It's not quite as objectionable as the first three songs, but it's just so bland, all the chord changes and melodies are buried under the commercial gloss.Read more ›
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