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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: #282,066 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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It was amazing the 1st time I heard it.
M.k. Garside
It's time to recognize Glenn Tilbrook as one of pop music's most consistently brilliant artists.
M. S Swanson
It's the kind of music you yearn for when life puts you in a perpetual state of confusion.
Chad Baker

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Noonan on 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 By Carrie Margulies on 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 By Chad Baker on 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 By Craig on December 30, 2004
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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