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Somethin' In The Air [Import]

Mike YoungerAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: October 12, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Beyond
  • ASIN: B00001T3IL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Autumn Wind
2. Little Taste Of Heaven
3. Somethin' In The Air
4. If By Chance We Meet Again
5. Francho's Lullaby
6. In Restless Dreams
7. Where The Wild Horses Run
8. Hardball
9. Keep The Candle Burnin'
10. Eatin' My Heart Out
11. Keep Comin' Back

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Younger,Mike ~ Somethin' In The Air

Before "Autumn Wind," the plaintive solo-acoustic opener, winds down, Mike Younger has already captured your attention. Younger literally came out of nowhere with this debut: after traveling from town to town, guitar in tow, he ended up in New Orleans, where a spot on WWOZ parlayed itself into a label deal, and now this stunning record. Producer Rodney Crowell dexterously fills in the sonic landscape with help from the Dead Reckoning crew, but focuses attention squarely on Younger, his soulful, pinched whine of a voice and his world-weary (at age 27) songs. The centerpiece here is the six-minute title track, a vivid summary of his days on the street, when "the steel benches and the pavement get harder by the minute" and where "Santa Claus is havin' a heavy conversation with himself, he won't be comin' 'round this year, he's lost all his elves." Mostly, though, his songs are reflective, introspective analyses that both question and defend his choices in lifestyle and relationships. With his vibrant harmonica and his effortless adaptations of classic blues and folk structures (not to mention his cover pose), he's sure to remind people of a young Dylan. He also calls to mind other "new Dylans," with the Southern-soul affinity of Steve Forbert, the streetwise rants of early Springsteen, and the absolute assertiveness and vocal potency of Steve Earle. Ultimately, like all of those touchstones, he's his own man, a confident and unique artist who produced one of the great overlooked gems of 1999. --Marc Greilsamer

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, passionate folk/rock songs... September 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I don't like putting music into catagories, but I really like this guy's style. First of all, he's authentic - sure, he's originally from New York or where ever and sings with a country/folk/bluesy twang, but when he talks about dusty roads, and hope in the faces of the down-and-outs, he means it - he's been there. His music talks about travelling the hard way, learning about the real world, and about people's dreams and fears. How many of us seeker/adventurers have the guts to get out there and do that, and how many of us could come away with these beautifully crafted songs?
I guess I should talk about the others artists who he could compare to: Well, maybe Dylan...Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers - but without the fortune or the name), Townes Van Zant, Lucinda Williams, Richard Buckner, Vic Chesnutt, Wilco and so on. I won't compare him to Dylan (Sr) but there are some moments on the album that make me think.
Great debut album, buy it for the song "If by chance we meet again" if nothing else. I happened upon it in a coffee shop mixed sampler that someone gave me. The rest of the sampler was throw away material, but this guy's music is NOT.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rising of Singer/Songwriters July 19, 2005
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Although this LP is several years old, it holds a longevity that a lot of the music that plays on the radio today does not. Mike Younger is still rising in this business and I think that as long as he is writing songs, there are those of us who will always be listening. My favorite songs on this LP are 'If By Chance We Meet Again" and "Somethin In The Air" (Poetic Genius). If you have not heard his new record, it is worth a buy. Mike Younger has matured in his singing and playing, he is tougher and more determined than ever to do the music business his way. Keep writing and singing Mike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my essential Fall album. August 28, 2006
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This stunning album stirs my soul. Glad I was exposed to this record through WRNR in Annapolis back in 99, cannot imagine the years that have followed without it. This record goes with October and November like the World Series and football.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of Mike Younger July 23, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first saw Mike Younger when he opened for a concert at Earth Day in Virginia. I had never heard of him until then and when he started to play, I literally stopped in my tracks to listen to him. Mike Younger is truly an artist and a talent to be recognized and appreciated. "Somethin in the Air" is one of those CDs that prompts the listener to play it over and over again and never tire of the beautiful poetry and music woven from his life experiences. My favorites on the CD are "Autumn Wind", "If by chance we meet again", "Franco's Lullaby", "Keep Comin Back" and of course, "Somethin in the Air". When Mike Younger is discovered by new fans, they hold on tight because they know this man and his music are honest to the core. BUY THIS CD and ENJOY.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real music. November 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Go see him live or buy this cd, this is real music that is as good as it gets.
He has squatted in NYC, played the streets down in New Orleans and it really comes through in his music.
Reminds me of Willis Alan Ramsey a bit. Hope he puts out more albums than Willis though.
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