The Rock And The Tide (Amazon Exclusive Version)

October 12, 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Label: Mom + Pop Music
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  • Total Length: 50:14
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  • ASIN: B0045NACYM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,048 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The CD came in the re-assured time and I was very happy to receive it.
Lauren Treacy
Simple Times, though different, had some very high points, such as Sky, I'd Rather Be With You, Brand New Day, Friend Like You, and so on.
Big Daddy Gadzooks
You can't go wrong with any of Radin's albums - all are worth a listen and show an evolving artist.
Jeffrey Rickel

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Big Daddy Gadzooks on October 26, 2010
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Okay, here's the thing ... I love, love, LOVE Joshua Radin. His style is (or was) unique, his voice quiet and thoughtful, his lyrics emotional and deep. We Were Here was such a groundbreaking album for me. It is largely responsible for my being a fan of acoustic music. Winter, Star Mile, Closer ... These were classics that have been stuck in my head since the first time I've heard them. Simple Times, though different, had some very high points, such as Sky, I'd Rather Be With You, Brand New Day, Friend Like You, and so on. The Rock and the Tide, at least upon first listen, seems to be so far out of the range of what Mr. Radin is known for, what he does best, and what got him where he is, that it's like he's going in a direction I'm not really willing to follow. He was once a subtle voice in a noisy world. Now he's just part of the noise. I understand artists have to progress. I'm a recording artist myself so I understand that all too well. But you can't go so far beyond where you came from that you can't see home anymore at all, and it feels like that's where Joshua Radin is heading, as if the acoustic stuff he wrote was only out of necessity because he wasn't big yet and couldn't afford his own band and so he'd settle for acoustic songs for now until he could do what he really wanted to do. I mean, there's only like two songs were the acoustic guitar is the main instrument it seems like. There are no female vocals -- that's part of his sound! Where's Priscilla Ahn? Where's Ingrid Michaelson? Now, I'll listen to this CD again and see if I think differently. It may just be that I'm refusing to accept his new direction because I'm too fettered to the old one. It happens. And sometimes, I'll re-listen in a few weeks and go, "Wow! What was I thinking?! This is GREAT!Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 12, 2010
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This is a great album. The first few tracks are a bit peppier than Joshua Radin fans are accustomed to, but I think they are well executed and really enjoyable. The last half is pure (and well done) Joshua Radin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ecclecticenthusiast on January 27, 2011
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I am one of the people who argues for artists evolving and changing as they grow, but this is just awful. I love Joshua Radin because he was unique in a sea of sameness. His music used to make me FEEL. I think all of this noise is drowning him out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Buckley-Golder on October 19, 2010
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I don't like this CDs as much as I did his previous CDs.

It's difficult to know what to say. He probably had to progress somewhat to avoid sounding the same -- we didn't really need another Joshua Radin CD just like his others -- but it seems as if his attempt at progress has buried what was unique about his sound. He comes out of it sounding like no-one-in-particular on many tracks.

There are some tracks reminiscent of his previous albums, and the first couple of tracks that dress up his sound with more energy than we're used to are pretty good, but are not timeless as some of his earlier songs are.

If I'd heard this one before I bought it, I probably wouldn't have bought it. But, I'll keep my ears open for his future work to see if anything comes of this change in direction once it's had a chance to settle.

UPDATE 03/24/2011: as an example of what this album could have been, check out William Fitzsimmons's "Gold In The Shadow".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erock on March 22, 2011
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Generally, I read reviews when purchasing most things. I depend on real people with real opinions to guide my purchase process. Music is definitely more subjective- that is for sure. But, I truly believe that many a reviewer has caused an egregious offense to Joshua Radin's new album, The Rock and the Tide.
**This is an awesome album.**
People evolve. Artists change, advance, grow, mature. Think of more synonyms and that is this album. If you like his acoustic, mellow, "stripped down" sound then stick to his prior releases. If you're looking for another "We Were Here" stop looking. Listen to We Were Here. If you want to listen to Joshua pushing his own boundaries into a more cohesive sounding album with an extra bit of flare then listen to "The Rock and the Tide". He still is an astute lyricist. He still has a few languid ballads. He just added more instruments and production.
Give the man a break. He's no Lady Gaga-- pumping out monotonous hits. But he is allowed- and encouraged to progress. I, for one, am thankful he has grown.
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If you've listened to Josh Radin before, this album will be a different experience. Radin goes mostly with a harder sound throughout, though the lyrical depth and his voice still carry the songs. He might lose some fans along the way, but he's following his creative impulsive and has likely found that where he was going was a dead end. In doing this, Radin breathes more life into his music and engages the listeners on another level.

Still plenty of great hooks and melodies here. You can't go wrong with any of Radin's albums - all are worth a listen and show an evolving artist.

The songs here will get stuck in your head, just as the songs on the last two albums did. Be prepared for a fun and thoughtful trip with songs you will identify with and tap your foot to.
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With this new release, Joshua Radin issues a collection of "heavier" compositions in contrast to the more contemplative and sedate songs on his first albums (not to say that there are not a couple thoughtful and reflective pieces here). He is making a natural growth (and hopefully to more popular recognition). I just returned from Toronto and the album was on the charts there and being played in a few stores and stations. The dvd is a nice addition for fans who have been unable to catch the quiet and assured young man in live performance. I highly recommend this fine and varied song set.
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