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The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn TilbrookAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: What Are Records?
  • ASIN: B00005NC49
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Is Where You Ain't
2. Observatory
3. Parallel World
4. Morning
5. One Dark Moment
6. G.S.O.H. Essential
7. Up The Creek
8. Other World
9. Interviewing Randy Newman
10. You See Me
11. I Won't See You
12. We Went Thataway
13. One Dark Moment (Acoustic Version)
14. This Is Where You Ain't ('Now That's What I Call Now, Mate' Version)
15. Sunday Breakfast Treat

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glenn Tilbrook trying on Wings February 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
What happens when one half of an ace songwriting team takes a holiday from the band he co-leads -- a rock band at heart but with a famous knack for turning a pop hook like no one else? You get decent stuff -- overly sweet, half-thought-out, a tad Euro-pop influenced, perhaps, and somehow... incomplete.
But enough about Paul McCartney.
Tilbrook's solo effort is worth more than a listen. The familar Squeeze sounds are there in abundance, though without the edge and the variety. No jaw dropping songs, but many solid ones and few groaners. No new ground covered.
Squeeze fans will find it comparable to a middlin-quality Squeeze release, which means it's worth getting if you're already a fan, but not likely to turn you on if you're not. It also means it's likely to leave you hungry for a new Squeeze effort.
Bonus Review: And what's this with the "bonus" tracks at the end of the CD? That made sense when one could also buy a shorter LP release, but in this case it seems like a way to clear the vault of some alternate takes and songs that wouldn't make the cut on a shorter release. Note to label -- save 'em for the box set.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voice of an Angel December 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
An earlier review called this CD "endearingly sweet", and I would wholeheartedly agree. This is probably the most heartfelt, honest, and genuinely sweet CD I have ever heard.
I'm a fan of Squeeze, and I love Glenn's voice... so I thought I'd give this CD a listen. It is true that Glenn's songwriting style is much different than his partner Chris Difford's. The lyrics are much more straightforward and don't require much analysis.
However, Glenn stands VERY well on his own. His voice (and a completely angelic one, too) sounds better than ever, and there's not one "clunker" song in the bunch. All of the songs are very catchy and pleasant to listen to. Glenn combines wit and pathos in a song like no other.
So, if you're a Squeeze fan and haven't already bought this CD... although I can't imagine why, give it a listen! Glenn does not disappoint at all, and he does an excellent job. So, cheers Glenn... and I'll be looking forward to your future endeavors.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Completely Irresistible Glenn Tilbrook September 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Let me take a minute to recommend an endearingly sweet album to you. If you don't know who Glenn Tilbrook is already, you soon will. The former frontman of Squeeze ("Black Coffee in Bed" and "Tempted") has come up with a collection of mellow tunes that freeze you in your tracks and pull you into the world of musical bliss.
The first lines of the third track "Parallel World" tell you to stop for a minute and given the gentle yet pervasive nature of Tilbrook's songwriting coupled with the awesome melody produced from his guitar, that's sound advice. "Parallel World" is a story of letting go and what it's like to miss someone. While that may sound sad, the rhythm of the song is quite pleasing and the lyrics tend to make you think about your own life and the people who you treasure. To me, that's excellent songwriting.
"Observatory", co-written by Aimee Mann of "Magnolia" fame, tells the story of an affair leading to heartache. "Fun is fun but when push comes to shove / When it's done we deny it was love." I'm very fond of that kind of honesty when it comes to songs of passion.
There are many other tracks on "The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook" that are worthy of praise, "Interviewing Randy Newman" and "We Went Thataway", to name a few. This album is fun. It's the kind of music you yearn for when life puts you in a perpetual state of confusion. Hearing Glenn sing about self reflection and passionate romance puts your own life at ease and makes you appreciate his charming style of playful music.
One final note: When you pick this album up, compare the acoustic version of "One Dark Moment" with the regular one. I bet you'll agree they become two incredibly different songs when heard back to back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut solo album! September 18, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album because I have always loved Glenn Tilbrook's voice. (He sang in Squeeze for many years.) I wasn't sure what to expect without his Squeeze songwriting partner, Chris Difford, but I certainly wasn't disappointed! Compared to Squeeze the album sounds fresh and modern (no surprise, since the band's biggest hits were in the 80s!), and the lyrics are by turns funny, wistful, frank, and wry. His songwriting voice is as different from Difford's as his singing voice, but I find I like it very much. There are collaborations with other artists here, such as Aimee Mann (Observatory) and Ron Sexmith (You See Me). I loved Observatory so much that I bought Aimee's record, Bachelor No. 2, which is also excellent! If your on the fence, you should buy this album, or treat yourself to the import that has a bonus CD with nine of the album songs performed acoustically.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A for Effort, C for Execution December 30, 2004
By Craig
Format:Audio CD
Ex-Squeeze tunesmith Glenn Tilbrook ventures out into the vast wasteland of the "solo artist" on his solo debut from indie label Quixotic Records.

Tilbrook, best known for his vocal stylings with England's 80s new-wave hipsters Squeeze, has toured solo on and off for several years. When Squeeze officially dissolved, Tilbrook made the decision to work on a solo recording. No stranger to song writing--He composed the music for Squeeze along with lyricist Chris Difford--Tilbrook takes his first crack at lyrics with mixed results.

There seems to be a marked attempt to duplicate Difford's narrative style on many numbers. These often fall flat. The most egregious example is the track, "Interviewing Randy Newman," in which Tilbrook relates in excruciating detail the experience of conducting an interview with his idol for the BBC. It's difficult not to cringe when he rhymes "Newman" with "clue man."

At other times the lyrics work better as on "G.S.O.H. Essential" and One Dark Moment. The former is an autobiographical plea for acceptance as a solo artist which acknowledges the difficulties obtaining success as a paunchy, middle-aged pop singer in the era of Britney and Cristina, as well as the challenges of "running a small shop in the age of a global superstore." Tilbrook also gets by with a little help from his friends, co-writing with indie darling Aimee Mann, Ron Sexsmith, Chris Braide and Kim Stockwood.

Fans of Tilbrook's soulful tenor will not be disappointed. His voice seems to get better every year. He is also one of the best guitarists in the business.

I do wonder why the best song from these sessions, By the Light of the Cash Machine, wasn't included on this album. It would have made a strong single, but instead is relegated to the B-side of a single. Oh well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars songs to make you smile
I was a huge Squeeze fan back in the 1980s and early 90s, but missed hearing this Glenn Tilbrook album when it first came out over a decade ago. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by how much I love this CD!
I purchased this CD on a whim as I was a Squeeze fan back in the day. Wow! What a great bunch of songs! Beautiful tunes...happy...sad...touching... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Terramoto
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
Glenn has one of the sweetest voices I have ever heard. Just heart-melting! Sigh.

I listen to this album over and over and over... Read more
Published on June 11, 2009 by LH
5.0 out of 5 stars Running a small shop in the age of global superstores
I bought this CD at a Denver show as part of Tillbrook's solo tour in 2001 and loved it. "This is where you ain't" is a great, catchy song, a great leadoff song to the album. Read more
Published on December 3, 2006 by Jerry Graff
5.0 out of 5 stars Glenn's First Solo album
Glenn's great voice that we are all familiar with from his Squeeze days is just as sweet and sexy as it always was, in this, his first solo album. Read more
Published on November 1, 2004 by Mrs. Toni Danchik
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the Difford solo CD...
it's simply much better and not a hit-or-miss attempt at writing 90s Squeeze songs.
Published on March 29, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely fresh and wonderful!
To say this is a fine collection by Glenn Tillbrook is grossly understated. I love Squeeze.....and I love this solo CD as much if not more! Read more
Published on March 17, 2004 by hOLLY
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Usually, with a good CD, it takes 3 or 4 listens to see the beauty of it. Not this one. It was amazing the 1st time I heard it. I loved squeeze, but thought they were a bit... Read more
Published on February 12, 2004 by M.k. Garside
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't stand this disc, and I'm a hardcore fan
wow. most of these reviews are positive- a real surprise- i've tried a number of times to "get" this record, but every time I've had a hard time making my way through it. Read more
Published on September 5, 2003 by F. Migliorelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Glenn on his own...
Glenn Tilbrook delivers a mature and challenging solo effort. At 43, his voice has never sounded better, and he is willing to take risks with melody and lyrics (such as an entire... Read more
Published on July 1, 2003 by North Idaho Dad
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