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March 18, 2008

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Label: Majeski Media
  • Copyright: 2008 Majeski Media
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0013TW52I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,723 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Once again great lyrics.
Geekdomo
The sound is as flat as a pancake - no transparancy whatsoever.
Beaver Bay
After several listens, I really like the music.
David Evans

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Damon A. Schmidt on March 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The other review isn't entirely wrong. This album finds Stuart in a fairly polished pop mode, but thats on first listen. The subversiveness of the subject matter underneath the candy coating comes through on repeated listening. Its the same Stuart you've always loved (or will love), at a turning point in his development as an artist. You find this with truly progressive artists every few albums. "What" is definitely my favorite album, and I was initially ever so slightly wary of the shiny sheen of this disc, but... all becomes clear on repeated listens. Some old favorites get remade and some new classics are born. The whole album fits his recent mission statement - sneak deeper philosophical and developmental discussion into the language of modern pop music. Deep thoughts hidden in a big candy Trojan horse. Love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Will Bueche on April 18, 2008
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A decided attempt to be more radio friendly, Stuart pulls some of his punches -- or does he? On the surface, these tunes are radio friendly but within the lyrical brilliance for which Stuart is known there are still the sharp, honest observations (this time, about spirituality and love) than would normally ever get play because his insights are just too darn true. Yeah, you can rock at his shows but there's something sacred about his music -- it is no surprise then that his street teams are known as "punk monks". Stuart worried he might lose the literati (Kevin Smith era, give or take a gen or two) that have helped fuel his decade-plus independent career, but I think there's no worry about that -- this album may not explore the dark side of human nature as much as the "silver album" or be as taboo shattering as "Bell", but what "Something Simple" says about love and connection is just as insightful. Don't think of it as a radio-friendly Stu album, think of it as Stuart's love album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zen Druid on July 6, 2008
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I know, I know that Stu is trying to work a new audience. I have all of Stu's CD and this is probably my least favorite becouse I hate pop music. That being said, I know Stu is trying to make the Dharma accessable to the pop crowd and I respect him for that. The folks that are going to like "Already Free" or "Sky God" (amusing!) are probably not going to dig "Immanance" or "Only Echos". But Stu is the only person I know who could do this, so I have to support what he is doing. So 5 stars for the effort, 1 star for pop music gives us 4 stars ( I throw an extra star just becaue Stu is to great! and that Diety Freek is very cool!). Go Stu, I'll always love you, you are the most amazing dharma musician! I want to love this but I just hate pop!

Edit: OK OK this album grew on me. I've been badgered by Jonah and his goddamn dogs but I'd have to give this thing 5 stars now. It's just really good. OK, now leave me alone!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Evans on April 19, 2008
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My first response was catchy, but, where's my copy of What?

This album is only pop on the surface, and, remember, Stuart's original label was Dharam Pop. Beneath the surface, this music transmits the depth and love of creation that's willing to tear you apart to wake you up.

With each of Stuart's albums, my nervious system has had to make some adjustments. Something Simple is no different. After several listens, I really like the music.

If you just can't bring yourself to listen to pop veneer, then buy it and give to friend who can.
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Ok those of us that have every album of Stuart can look at this latest iteration and think. "he sold out" or some other non-skillful thoughts. Instead be open to the fact that he is one of the rare artists that feel ok with singing about the Dharma's infinite mystery and simple beauty. For that we, as faithful listeners, should be accepting of him as he goes and brings these wonderful songs out into the populous.

1. Already Free - This song is catchy and is very accessible. You could hear this on just about any college station.

2. The River - Starts out a bit melancholy and quickly picks up. Has a great hook.

3. Deity Freak - Really has a cool middle eastern overtones with a fantastic hook. Great dance beat in the background.

4. Wand - One of my personal favorites, great lyrics and cool rhythm.

5. Twisted Mystery - Kind of a country feel to this song. Once again great lyrics.

6. Fear of Light - Slow, swelling orchestral arrangement. Kind of reminds me of Silent Lucidity Queensryche - Greatest Hits.

7. Nothing In Between - Another song with a poignant message. Has a John Denver Country Roads sound to it.

8. Sugar Bullets - Classic shock Stuart. I love his fearless attack on the "better" sensibilities of common America. Don't we all just want Jesus Christ without the Christians? Incidentally this is the title of his new book due out this year. You can get an advance copy on Stuart's website.

9. Sky God - Yea, he did go there. Of course this is what helped bring Stuart to the front of the punk/Dharma/pop scene. Very catch lyrics.

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By Mama on the Go on January 28, 2010
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Yes, it's true that this is Stuart's most "mainstream" album to date in terms of style and production, but it is still the luminous, incisive, lyrical/musical genius Stu at work. I love this album more every time I hear it, there is a joyousness that radiates from it, especially in "Already Free", "The River", "Wand", "The Miracle" and "In Between". "Deity Freak" is an awesome, danceable package of freakalicious fun, and there is also plenty of Stu's classic pervy humor and grit in the wonderfully revamped "Sugar Bullets", "Twisted Mystery" and "Sky God". My only kvetch, as a longtime fan, is that I just like some songs such as "Fear of Light" and "Universe Communion" much better as acoustic numbers--the versions on this album are a bit overproduced in my opinion. The cure for this problem for new listeners is simply to get themselves to a live Stu show and hear them in their naked glory!

I also have to applaud Stuart for taking the artistic risk of going for a more "mainstream-friendly" sound, one of the things I love most about his work is his willingness to evolve and try new things rather than just sticking with the same sound that has won him fans in the past. Each new album is always a surprise. Can hardly wait for the next!
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