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Solace [Enhanced]

Xavier RuddAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Much like the ascending Koonyum Sun ushers in a new day in New South Wales, the record of the same name by world son Xavier Rudd carries a similar aura of refreshment, of rebirth.

From 2002’s To Let, his first studio album, through to 2007’s White Moth, Rudd gradually refined his globally-influenced collage of world music – a matchless mixture of reggae, funk, blues, ... Read more in Amazon's Xavier Rudd Store

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B0009NZ3KK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shelter
2. 3 Degrees
3. Let Me Be
4. Solace
5. G.B.A
6. In Transit
7. Chances
8. Journey Song
9. A 4th World
10. Yirra-Kurl
11. No Woman No Cry
12. Partnership
13. Silence
14. Green Spandex
15. The 12th Of September
16. Yirra-Kurl

Editorial Reviews

Hailing from Torquay on the Southern Victorian coast in Australia, 26 year old Xavier delivers a unique and harmoniou combination of lyrics, vocals, instruments and energy that is warm, powerful and emotive. As he begins you are immediately drawn into the warmth of his sound. His bare feet work the rhythm on the stomp box as he glides his Weissenborn guitar though fluid melodies. Effortlessly switching between and tying in a myriad of instruments including 12 string acoustic / electric guitars, banjos, didgeridoos, slit/Aztec drums, and the Djembe, Xavier weaves a truly unique performance that lifts the spirit and captivates the imagination. Universal. 2005.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Xavier Rudd - australian June 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When I first saw Xavier Rudd at the House of Blues, I had no idea who he was or what his music sounded like. So when I saw him come out on stage with long shaggy blonde hair and a surfer's physique, I knew I was in for a treat. His setup was by far the oddest cumulation of instruments I had ever seen on one stage, including the didjs, foot pedals, cymbals and percussion instruments, as well as lap guitars and 12 string acoustics. As I watched Xavier play, my soul was moved by his soothing voice and the ryhtmn of his playing. I found myself dancing to his beats, to his smooth Australian didj tinted grooves. As soon as Xavier left the stage, I was off with a couple of my friends to but his cd, Solace. With an artist of Xavier's caliber, one can only fully experience his talent and improvosation when he is seen live. But nonetheless, Solace is a great CD that showcases Xavier's talents wonderfully and does justice to the power of his songs and words. The CD is compiled of live studio performances with one or two live performances. The enhanced options on the CD include two videos, both of which are not featured on the Solace CD itself. Solace would be the best CD to get if you have never heard Xavier before, being that most of his older songs are redone and put on this CD, along with newer ones. Words cannot accurately describe the sound of Xavier's music, so don't waste any more time and get this CD, you will not be dissapointed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true undiscovered talent... November 2, 2005
By j.
Format:Audio CD
Imagine if Jack Johnson were as well-versed in aboriginal instruments as he is in island-beach-bum culture, and you'll have a starting point for the music of Xavier Rudd, the acoustic singer-songwriter from East Australia.

Xavier's voice isn't hard to categorize -- at times a mirror of Ben Harper and at other times it's a little more soothing, almost like a young Paul Simon. The music, however, is a little more abstract. Rudd's album is heavy on bluesy acoustic slide guitar and clicking and stomping percussions, but it's the use of the digeredoo (and aboriginal wind instrument, sort of like a cross between the bagpipes and a basoon that gives a haunting, rolling womp of a sound) as a folk/rock instrument that makes the album undoubtedly unique, fresh, and somewhat groundbreaking.

The stand-out track is undoubtedly the no-nonsense hobo-anthem, "Shelter," but other highly addictive tunes include the funky "Let Me Be" and the mellowly acoustic "Solace." A few of the songs lack a "catchiness" in melody, but they're sung so emmotionally and arranged so uniquely that the listener doesn't mind. And Rudd's cover of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry," while not quite as catchy as Marley's soulful version, is still poignant in a naked acoustic way.

One could make the argument that Rudd is attempting, with this album, to modernize traditional Australian music in the way Paul Simon modernized South African music for his "Graceland" album. For the most part, Rudd does just that. But as groundbreaking as it is to mix the traditional digeredoo with modern rock, the record has a tendency at times to slip into familiar territory.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a surprise October 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Pleasantly unique certainly is a way to describe this. A mix of folk, blues, rock, and didgeridoos. . .all done with a nice creative slant.

Sadly, this sort of thing is not hitting the airwaves, because it is magnitudes better than most things you hear on the radio. Like the previous posters have said, if this intrigues you in the least, just buy it - it's under $10 for crying out loud!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review of Xavier Rudd's "Solace" September 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Zak Helenske


A Review of:

Xavier Rudd's "Solace"

Xavier Rudd's new album "Solace" is an outstanding show of his talent, vocally, acoustically, and of course is unreal abilities on the didgeridoo. Rudd who is from Australia writes in his songs about everything from political and educational problems in Australia to how gorgeous the country he lives in is. He uses a unique combination of acoustics, harmonica, assortments of didgeridoo's, and others instruments on his album.

The title song "Solace" is an awesome show of his writing ability. Talking about the wonders of Australia paying homage to his homeland. One other high point on the album is his cover rendition of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry". Before I heard Xavier's version I couldn't imagine somebody redoing this classic effectively. However when I heard the song on his album from the first cord on his guitar I knew he could pull it off showing nothing but respect for the late, great Bob Marley. You can hear and feel the passion behind the song when you hear Rudd's voice singing in perfect melody.

Something Rudd does insanely well is using his voice as though its its own instrument right along side his guitar and didgeridoo. Its an incredibly soothing voice but it jumps out at you with some insane sounds that are unique to him and him alone because the obvious its his voice making his own sounds that nobody can duplicate.

I was blown away when I heard this album for the first time and am rating it four stars out of four stars. The quality and musicianship is like nothing I've ever heard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Pass on it
Nowhere near as good as Spirit Bird or the other one of his I have. Pretty version of no woman no cry though
Published 6 months ago by TJay
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me!
Gave it away to another who loves it, so the taste here is highly personal. I thought the album disrespectful to his audience, i.e. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bibliophile
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
If you like real, homegrown music, then this is the cd for you. All CDs by this guy are great. I really don't have a favorite because they are all equally good. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Island Daddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great talent and album
I first heard of Xavier through a cousin and was hooked. Saw him live in Wis. last year right at the stage and its a sight to see him play and hear his music. Read more
Published on April 26, 2012 by dahlingz
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Satisfied
The CD I recieved, which indicated it was Used - Good Condition was damaged and would get stuck on Song 5. Read more
Published on March 22, 2011 by KCVC
1.0 out of 5 stars cd not what I ordered
The cd was in a cover which was titled correctly, and the cd, itself, was labelled correctly. However, the cd content did not have any of the songs on the "Solace" album. Read more
Published on October 23, 2009 by C. Burk
5.0 out of 5 stars Xavier Rudd never ceases to amaze me.
Using his didgeridoo and acoustic guitar, Xaver Rudd produces smooth beats with flowing lyrics.
This CD is a great example of the brilliant folk music he produces.
Published on April 24, 2008 by Amy Hojnacki
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful artist!
I ordered this album, and also "White Moth." Both are wonderful, and I would recommend them highly. I look forward to more of his music in the future.
Published on February 16, 2008 by Brook B. Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!
Finally a musician who wows you on every aspect, his skill, his song writing, his personal life, and just plain good grooves. Read more
Published on January 24, 2008 by Jeffrey Gehring
5.0 out of 5 stars Aussie Indie Rock
Xavier Rudd is by far one of the most engaging Aussie Male voices around. He incorporates stunning rifs and elogant locals to produce his sound. Highly recommended.
Published on May 16, 2007 by Wine lover
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