The Here And The Now

August 11, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 10, 2009
  • Release Date: August 10, 2009
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • Copyright: 2009 Combustion Music 2/Sam & Ruby.Manufactured & Marketed By Rykodisc,Inc.Under Exclusive License.
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  • Total Length: 45:40
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  • ASIN: B002KQ13TO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,458 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

He sounds too much like he's stepping into her footsteps.
Richard A. Tucker
Seriously, this album is an instant classic: beautifully written lyrics, catchy melodies, and heartfelt sentiment.
A. Robinson
I think those who enjoy folk-pop and/or easy listening music in general will enjoy this album.
M. M.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Williams VINE VOICE on September 13, 2009
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When I popped this into the CD player in my truck I was all smiles and bopping along to the wonderful beginning of the album, a very cool Jazzy R&B vibe, that unfortunately for me didn't hold all the way throughout.

The beautiful Ruby has vocals which work very well at the cool jazz genre' can't quite hold up under any kind of power. The middle of the album kind of melts into a Country Vibe, and Ruby comes off as Dolly Parton's weaker sister. In the future, I hope they play more to her strengths.

But.... Here's the deal.

What works well on this album really works well. For starters, the musicians playing on the album are amazing, really from start to finish, all the music is remarkable, especially the Cello, which I don't normally associate with pop music, but here it adds such an amazing richness, I was really pleased. Another thing is the songwriting; it is really very good, for instance "Chillin' with you" towards the end of the CD, is destined to be a popular theme song for a future movie or TV show, it is a pop master piece(at least to me).

So...

This is an album that starts out great and ends great with some less than great stuff in the middle, but overall it is an album I am happy to have, and I think you will be as well.

3 ˝ *
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Niedt on August 26, 2009
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You have to wonder whether Sam Brooker and Ruby Amanfu have a Tuck-and-Patti thing going on - they'd be a cute couple, and certainly are that at least musically. Unlike the jazzy Tuck and Patti, though, they work more in a country/pop framework, and they have sweet-as-honey voices that harmonize very well. Their songs, while sometimes simplistic and clichéd lyrically, are melodically polished and get their point across effectively, with their often bittersweet love themes. There aren't any real "standout" songs, though - I don't see any of them becoming a big radio hit. It's all very sincere and heartfelt, if not groundbreaking music, the kind you could play for your mom on Sunday morning. I don't mean to sound snarky, really - it's well-done, romantic, and easy on the ear, and we all need a bit of that once in a while.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Cady VINE VOICE on August 25, 2009
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If I were a friend of Sam and Ruby's and saw them in a club, I'd probably like them well enough to think, "These guys are good, they should have a recording contract." But then I'd also probably be under the influence of a beer buzz. In the sober light of day, their music -- while certainly accomplished -- isn't particularly distinctive. The melodies are often simple (sometimes simplistic), the lyrics undistinguished...when they're not downright cringeworthy. "I need more than a casual dating life" has to be one of the clunkiest lines I've heard in a long time (there has to be a more poetic and/or simpler way of expressing the thought); and in "The Suitcase Song" (a song narrated by...well, a suitcase), the lyric "I'll carry on," while meant to be clever, just lands with a precious thud. Sam & Ruby sing just fine: he's a Teddy Geiger/Adam Levine blend, she's Norah Jones meets Corinne Bailey Rae -- but come on, I'd much rather listen to any one of them any day of the week.

Ultimately stultifying and bland, "The Here and Now" is unlikely to establish Sam and Ruby now and forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2009
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Amazon categorizes this CD as "Pop" but really it's a mixture of Norah Jones productions with a young Reba McEntire impersonator on vocals. Which, generally speaking, sounds like something that would be right up my alley. And the first two tracks are. "What Do I Do Now?" and "This I Know" are two brilliantly sung and expertly delivered tracks that I enjoyed very much. They have a breathy country air to them behind soft beats that soothe the body into a peaceful place.

Unfortunately after that the tracks turn so bland that your mind tunes them out like the constant hum of the air conditioner. "Need Me Less" is beyond boring, while the title track "The Here and the Now" is the highlight of the worst songs, with an everywhere production and vocals that never quite make the right pitch.

Save your money, buy Tracks 1 and 2 from the mp3 store but don't bother with the whole CD.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Antoine D. Reid VINE VOICE on August 25, 2009
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After listening to Sam & Ruby's "The Here and the Now" I have to say that it was just okay. It's easy listening, a mix between country, folk with a dash of acoustics. It's coffee shop music; very light, background music that isn't very distracting but isn't very distinctive, either. With so many artist today relying too much on special effects like auto tune and synthesizers and other tricks to spice up their music, it was nice not hear that on 'The Here and the Now'.

The Good: I enjoyed the simplicity of the music. The instrumentals are simple guitars, piano and some strings, making the entire release a rather laid-back, easy going, good vibes release. Sam and Ruby's voices do not sound as if they've been overly processed, giving the music a more authentic feeling.

The Bad: All of the tracks have the same sound. To me, it made everything blur together and no one track stood out amongst the others. It made the release just okay for me. In this case, I think some experimentation with styles could have benefited the release because in the end, I felt as if I was listening to the same song, simply re-worked and re-tweaked and placed to a slightly different musical track. This made the listening experience drawn out and a bit dull.

In all, it's okay, but I don't see any track on this releasing making this group a big hit. If you're looking for laid-back, easy listening music, this will suit your needs. Otherwise, I'd pass it by.

Tracks To Listen To: 'Too Much', 'The Suitcase Song', 'More'
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