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The Lights From The Chemical Plant

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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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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B00GYJD0D0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 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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By Jevon Daly on February 27, 2015
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Im glad people dont like this album {im talking about a couple reviews and things i have heard elsewhere on the 'hatenet"//// my first listen to the title track gave me such a good feeling...the pedal steel. the vocals sound real. not like some fake country muscle guy with a coupel tattoos who got signed and is trying to be 'nashville'....i dont really even know what that means anymore ...nashville.

These long tunes...Lies..........Houston....wow.....it'sl like Quicksilver Messenger service in the middle of the desert or something. I love Robert's voice on these tunes he wrote about his life. Sick writing....the bass playing and drumming are so interesting. It took me a while to really get what they were doing in the rhythm section alone. Then u have the fingertstyle guitar melding with the other guitar player {who kills it} and the sneaky steel. Its very cool---Im gonna say this. When u hear Sturgill Simpson you immediatly hear Waylon. and yes, hes easier to peg as country .

But what Robert Ellis and his band have created here is something totally new. Closer to New Riders of the Purple Sage ......mood music with a side of twang. Some 'folk' will never get this album. But for me, it is a breath of fresh dusty air much needed. I think "Pride" is the sleeper tune here....wow......So sick....the intro----all of it...great drum sounds.......unison steel guitar stuff.......and RObert singing like he lived it, cause he probably did. It was written by him...90% of the album. Organic American Music.
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4 of 6 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 3 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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2 of 3 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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Heard Robert Ellis for the first time after one of my friends shared a song from this cd, "Only Lies". I'm not into C&W, but sometimes an artist or group does songs that can easily crossover to Pop, and this one did that for me. I've been known to buy a cd for one song, but Ellis has several songs that have caught my interest, and I am sure the longer I listen to it, the more I will like.
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By Dave on March 14, 2014
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Very mellow. A folk rock with a taste of his country roots. If your looking for rock this is not the one. Good song writer
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By hd on October 21, 2014
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Living in a city, traffic is bad to and from work. Robert Ellis is great for making me forget the time spent on the highway and making the trip enjoyable instead of stressful.
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