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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 (January 22, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • ASIN: B00005UCZQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Solo album from Slowdive/Mojave 3 singer & songwriter. Hushed, acoustic melodies & murmuring vocals with analogue synths, strings & layers of guitars all contribute to make a record which is as much about texture & slow-building grooves as it is about emotion. 2002 4AD release.

Given that Brit guitarist-songwriter Neil Halstead's work with both Slowdive and Mojave 3 is as sleepy as it is pretty, you'd think his first solo record would provide him the chance to stretch and maybe even break a string in pursuit of a bona fide rock moment. Instead, Halstead's Sleeping on Roads--basically, a home recording featuring a bunch of his friends contributing everything from "computer skills and technical stuff" to "funny noises"--dims the lights even more. While tracks like the chiming, trumpet-tweaked opener "Seasons" point to a keen sense of melody, Halstead wastes no time in shifting the mood, and gaslight weepers like "Martha's Mantra (for the Pain)," "High Hopes," and "Dreamed I Saw Soldiers"--all almost unbearably downcast ruminations--dominate the set. Still, Halstead's delicate touch with guitar and his barely-there vocals sustain the sense of quiet introspection throughout the album's nine tracks. Winsome, ethereal folk never sounded so good, or so haunted. --Kim Hughes

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This is, quite possibly, the most beautiful album I've ever heard.
The beautifully poetic lyrics of this song are only upstaged by the simple and heart-tugging melody that's gently propelled by an understated, tinkering piano riff.
P. Simonson
This is one album that I think I'll always want to listen to once in a while because it's just right for a quiet, relaxed mood.
Douglas McKay

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. Scott on January 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'd like to say that I've been following Neil Halstead's musical career since Slowdive, but I'm not that hip. My introduction was Mojave 3's first album, Ask Me Tomorrow. I immediately fell in love with that album's gentile, almost Leonard Cohenish songs, and cherish it still to this day. Later came Out of Tune, which was a noticable departure from the sound they had on the first(still just as excellent), and Excuses For Travelers carried on the sound of Out of Tune with a few nods to Ask Me Tomorrow. Up until Tuesday, I didn't think that it could get any better than Excuses For Travelers. I'm happy to say that I was very wrong.
Sleeping On Roads lies on a different plain than the Mojave 3 albums, yet still manages to coexist. The pace of the album is somewhere in between Ask Me Tomorrow and Excuses. It's very acoustic, with plenty of clean guitar, banjo, cello, glock, warm trumpet, piano and even some subtle electronic warbles that fill in the cracks perfectly. The songs are all dripping with beautiful melody and lyrics that are Neil's best yet. Noticably absent is any sort of slide guitar, which helps to set this apart from Mojave 3.
I'm no critic, so I can't think of any nuances that I should pick apart in an effort to make myself sound like a music expert. Sure, it doesn't break any new ground, there isn't anything revolutionary going on, but if you're a Mojave 3 fan you're probably not expecting it to be such a record. The sound throughout is very familiar, very comfortable, very peaceful and genuinely pure, which no doubt comes from the whole thing being recorded at Neil's and Nick Holton's homes, and mastered at Abbey Road. It really is a wonderful gift from Halstead, and I will treasure it for years.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on April 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've been digging into all the discography associated with Neil Halstead's artistic life in the past year. First, I listened to Mojave 3, and I loved what I heard. Then I went back to the music he did under Slowdive, at the beginning of the shoegazing movement, and I loved what I heard. I had a chance to listen to the free download Amazon offers from this album, "Two Stones In My Pocket", and I loved what I heard... so the natural thing for me to do was to get the album, and I did.

I didn't love what I heard. Not that the album was bad or anything remotely like that. But I found it to be monotonous compared to his work with Mojave 3. Most of the songs, all of them fairly folk-rock in nature, felt like they dragged longer than they should have, which is an issue I admit I even had with some Mojave 3 tracks. So, all in all, if you haven't heard any of Neil's previous work, I think you will enjoy the album, but if not, check out Mojave 3's "Ask Me Tomorrow" or any of Slowdive's albums first. I think you will find them far more enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The soundtrack to my most difficult breakup, Neil Halstead's Sleeping On Roads will always be entangled in my biography. I'm sure that years from now I'll happen to hear any one of the album's failed relationship songs, and instantly I will be back in that parked car by the side of the road, struggling to look into the eyes of my longtime girlfriend to say goodbye.Neil Halstead played in the car for us when things were ending, and, alone now, he plays just for me.Like a true singer-songwriter, many of Neil Halstead's songs deal with the dark dimensions of love gone wrong. And like a true masochist, I've been listening to these melancholy songs all the time (I should stick with the Buzzcocks), succumbing to their spare and drifting mood. Written with simple honesty and delivered with passion, Sleeping On Roads is loaded with the kind of brutally heartfelt love laments you'd find on an old Van Morrison or Nick Drake record. In song after song, Halstead pours out a broken heart's worth of feeling. Left homeless after splitting up with his girlfriend, Halstead started Sleeping On Roads while living (and yes, sleeping) in the studio. Out of that pain, these nine songs were born. When they weren't included on the last Mojave 3 record (his regular band), the idea for a Halstead solo album emerged and these orphaned songs found a home.Gently understated and distinct in sound, Sleeping On Roads stands solidly alongside Mojave 3's best output. The music mixes folksy acoustic and electric guitar rhythms and textures with piano, organ, bass, drums (played by M3 bandmate Ian McCutcheon), banjo, cello, glockenspiel, dobro, vibes and trumpet, all delicately layered to give the album its lushly hushed ambience.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Fiel Santos on January 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ever since his first band, slowdive, and his current band, mojave 3, neil has never wrote a song that wasn't, at least, excellent. Most of them are brilliant. And this record could only come from him. All of it's 9 songs are beautiful, enchanting melodies, with wonderful lyrics yet simple and relaxed. Slowdive usually makes you want to do some mind-altering substances and go into the furthest space, mojave 3 usually brings you down to earth after a long night and relaxes you more than you can imagine, and neil's album... well, just play it and you'll be taken to a desert beach, were it feels like you're alone in the world, and loving it! The songwriting's awesome, the guitars, drums, pianos and stuff are wonderful, but it's his vocals that keep on shining thru it all. It a must-have masterpiece! But anyway, so are all slowdive and mojave 3 records... wonder why...
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