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"I want this record to be more about the Paul Simons and the Randy Newmans and the other half of my upbringing,
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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B00GYJD0D0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings Of Leon), The Lights From The Chemical Plant , Robert Ellis's 2nd album continues his journey into folk music he began 3 years ago. The songs on the new album, which range from the majestic string-adorned title track to noir pop rock and somber confessionals, both show Ellis' growth and the various sides of this multidimensional songwriter. Ellis recently told Rolling Stone The Lights From The Chemical Plant is "stylistically ambiguous," as he is inspired by a wide variety of artists. "On this record I was trying to channel everything from Paul Simon

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An amazing songwriter with a great voice.
John L. Garth
His voice is excellent and clear and some of the guitar licks (like the start of TV Song) are very interesting.
Elliott George
What's worse is, the songs seem to get progressively slower and slower, even though they really don't.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dinah Massie on March 9, 2014
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Robert Ellis has a sweet, slightly nasal tenor twang that could, if not cut entirely through glass, at least give it a good scratch. His lyrics are intelligent, poignant and sweet, and the musical lines are a cut above today's predictable (boring) commercial C&W tunes. He's an old-style country crooner. My favorite song on this album is "TV Song," about a young man whose heroes were television stars, probably because his character's father was absent in his childhood. I also enjoy "Still Crazy After All These Years," a completely different rendition than Paul Simon's original.

I may be biased because I met Robert at Houston' International Festival a couple of years ago, and found him pleasant and polite toward his elder fan. But there's just something outside the box about this young man's music that captivates me even though I'm not at all enamored with today's C&W artists or music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2014
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I honestly don't know anything about this fella, I was only told of him from a friend. Thank goodness.

I don't know who writes the lyrics - whether it's himself or someone else - but, what I do know is that he tells the stories with a beautiful voice accompanied by wonderful electric/steel/slide guitar and soft percussion. If I was to compare him to any other artists, I would travel back to the early 70's and say Lobo, Harry Chapin, and possibly Gilbert O'Sullivan.

I can only suggest to 'not let this pass you by!'. Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Lloyd on April 24, 2014
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This album is quite a departure from his earlier straight-up country efforts. Like a cross between Danny O'Keefe and Blaze Foley this mix of original songs and covers sounds new and original throughout, with catchy tunes and thought-provoking lyrics that each evoke a different mood and place and story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Smith on February 26, 2014
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I purchased this on a whim after reading a review in a local newspaper. What a great set of songs, especially the title track. Mr. Ellis's lyrics are heartfelt, and the songs cover all the various styles of Americana. And the cover of Still Crazy After All These Years is an absolute killer. This disc is in constant play in my car. Absolutely recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Music Addict on August 10, 2014
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It's a scientifically recognized logical fallacy that we defend what we have purchased. So nobody likes the negative reviewer, but methinks he speaks the truth. 35 years of living in Texas hasn't brought me much, but it does allow me to detect an inauthentic accent. The only time anyone I know requires three syllables to enunciate a single vowel is when my eldest daughter is rubbing my face in the fact that despite my best intentions she will forever be born and raised in the Lone Star State. Then she reverts to standard English. So if Mr. Ellis genuinely wishes to trend towards pop (or, less believably, folk), he would be well served to drop the whine and the drawl, and then take a few steps back. See, I knew you could.

I was really determined to listen to this all the way through... well, at least I made it to the much touted Paul Simon cover. Seems that cover is very important to Bob, he keeps referring to it in his attempts to tell us what we should be hearing on his record. But I have to put "Still Crazy..." in the strategic failure category. Perhaps an interim stop somewhere west of Manhattan would have been a better idea.

You see, covering a famous and beloved tune can illuminate your talents, or just open a can of worms. Improvement is admittedly unlikely, but one can at least hope to add a little flavor of one's own. Sure, I've always known that Paul's song was in 3/4 time, but I swear the word "waltz" NEVER popped into my mind until Mr. Ellis attacked it. I compared instrumental breaks: in the New York version crystalline saxophone erupts from a brief muddle of strings. In the Houston version things just stay muddled.

And it's not just the hick cover version that set me off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol M. Cash on April 18, 2014
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Living in SE Texas, but a California transplant, this just wrecks my brain. If you squint at night or the wee hours, you can almost pretend you're in a big city.....but then, there is the odor. You know you are somewhere very different.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cubedweller on February 11, 2014
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Robert Ellis and his fantastic band were wonderful when I saw them open for Jason Isbell on 2/9/2014. I was impressed by so many aspects of their performance. He is a professional with a story to tell and the talent with which to do it.
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I loved his previous record and like this one pretty well, but will say that it is the type of things that grows on you. You have to put it on in the car or in your house and just let it play all the way through to truly get something out of it. If you skip around looking for catchy songs you won't really find it. His voice is excellent and clear and some of the guitar licks (like the start of TV Song) are very interesting. It is not at all country, like the last, but it is true Robert Ellis.
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