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On the song “Night,” from Sean Rowe’s forthcoming ANTI- debut, Magic, the singer turns his rich, unnerving baritone to a moment of childhood innocence. Back then, he muses, you could fall “like a floating leaf,” and the earth would “look up at you and smile.” Rowe's deep, magical voice is nothing if not wise and experienced; he knows full well that ... Read more in Amazon's Sean Rowe Store

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ANTI Records
  • ASIN: B008C401YG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bring Back The Night
2. Flying
3. The Lonely Maze
4. Joe's Cult
5. Signs
6. The Wall
7. The Ballad of Buttermilk Falls
8. Horses
9. Old Shoes
10. Downwind
11. Thunderbird
12. Long Way Home

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Sean Rowe's ANTI- debut, Magic, turned a lot of heads, as press and fans discovered a distinctive new singer-songwriter. That album, recorded by Rowe himself and rereleased by ANTI-, served as a great introduction to his talents, but now on The Salesman and the Shark, with full recording budget and time to hone his craft, Rowe has delivered the album he has always envisioned. With ambitious arrangements check out how the thundering churn of Horses neatly channels Desire-era Dylan and beautiful songwriting the duet Old Shoes finds Rowe harmonizing with Inara George over an almost unbearably lovely melody The Salesman and the Shark will establish Rowe as an artist to be reckoned with. At its center is Rowe s astonishing voice, the instrument that has already earned him comparisons to masters from Van Morrison to Leonard Cohen. The Salesman and the Shark is an album made the old way, with a range of writing styles that showcase Rowe's intensely spiritual interaction with the modern world, and is sure to seal his reputation as a singer and writer for his generation.

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Rowe's baritone is one of those rare singing voices that will leave you forever changed. Like Al Green, Van Morrison, or Gil Scott-Heron at their best... --Metroland

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What a voice and great lyrics.
D. Brooks
Madman sounds a little rushed in the arrangements, although, again there are many fine songs on that album especially the last 3.
M. Northuis
If you like John Lee Hooker, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits you will love Sean Rowe.
Maria D'Alessandro

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 28, 2012
Format: Audio CD
When I heard that Sean Rowe his passion and connection to nature, it didn't really come as a surprise. While many of his songs don't handle the subject directly, there's something about Rowe's organic, heavily acoustic, warts-and-all approach that feels wild. His music sounds alive -- like it hasn't been preprocessed or touched by studio hands. His debut, 27 was released in 2004, the followup (MAGIC) in 2009, and now, in 2012, the next installment, THE SALESMAN AND THE SHARK, is here. Rowe's brand of songwriting feels natural; it's unpretentious but smart; it's not overwrought but heartwrenching. With his songwriting built around Rowe's tendency for instinctual decisions, THE SALESMAN AND THE SHARK never feels too thought-out or contrived.

Rowe's voice falls somewhere between the deep croon of Leonard Cohen and the lived-in baritone of Tom Waits. He has a deep voice (compared to most of today's music), and it often booms throughout his record. When the female vocalist appears in "The Wall," it's a pleasant surprise. It's a quiet duet, and while the two vocalists don't have the same chemistry as say a Isobell Campbell & Mark Lanegan, it's quite beautiful. There are a few times when vocal accompaniements come up on this album, ("Signs" and "Old Shoes"), but Rowe completely overpowers others here.

This album is honest and introspective, and while some of it does reflect back on modern living, most of the lyrics seem to come from Rowe grappling with mortality, health, and his own weaknesses. Particularly revealing is the refrain "I'm getting older, I'm getting older," in "Signs." After the 1-2-3 punch of ballads previous to it, the uptempo "Horses" is a welcome change of pace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria D'Alessandro on December 13, 2012
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Sean Rowe's knock out baritone voice is matched only by his songwriting. Beautiful. Dark. Seductive. Echoes of nature and a mistrust of all things conventional triumph on this album as they have on Sean's previous albums. The energy on tracks like Downwind and Joe's Cult bring to mind Sean's live show. Sean Rowe is a must listen and a must see performer. If you like John Lee Hooker, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits you will love Sean Rowe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Northuis on September 27, 2014
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I have copies of all three available Sean Rowe albums, from Magic
to Madman and I find this to be his best, most consistent and
most powerful batch of songs. Magic sounds like Mr. Rowe is
still finding his voice, still there are deep, heartfelt and sometimes
quite dark songs on that album. Madman sounds a little rushed
in the arrangements, although, again there are many fine songs
on that album especially the last 3.
The Salesman And The Shark is consistently brilliant, Mr. Rowe's
powerful baritone (at times sounding like Tom Jones on a mission
from God) is an instrument of gruff beauty. The writing is stunning,
I don't think there is a song on this recording without a memorable
line or twelve--the song Flying lyrically sounds like something Leonard
Cohen could have written and is as good as the Maestro! Joe's Cult
sounds like a Tom Waits song and again is as good as Tom's best.
Downwind sounds like an out-take from the Boss's Darkness On The
Edge Of Town but ends in a blazing "surf guitar" solo. But all here
is not merely spot the influences, songs like the soulful Lonely Maze,
Horses, and The Ballad Of Buttermilk Falls are true originals and
place Mr. Rowe's songwriting at the top of the heap (IMHO). The only
weak spot on this album is that after Joe's Cult the pacing slows a
bit much, with Signs and The Wall, but after a few listens one finds
that both songs are well written and when Horses kicks in all is forgotten
and forgiven. Buy all three albums and decide which you like best all,
are great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raleigh, nc on July 12, 2013
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I love the resonance is Sean's voice. I listen to this CD over and over again. I had heard the review on NPR. It was spot on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank Camm on March 1, 2013
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At the core is a deep bass voice with raw, quiet, deep emotion. It can float in a psychic well of solitude, calling out and calling in. Rowe's voice carries strong hints of Greg Brown, but is smoother and somehow more penetrating (!). He somehow always feels honest and unselfconscious. Some songs *demand* attention. One minute, Rowe is an old soul man, the next a 1950s pop singer, the next a man raging against the storm. Perhaps he is more a voice of the earth than a singer-songwriter. Around the voice are varied, simple, apt pop and folk arrangements, from voice+guitar or piano to cheery Jersey power pop to subtle chamber folk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buckshot on February 14, 2013
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The album exceeds expectations. Not only is "old shoes" on it, it also has Thunderbird, and Going Home, which I like as much, or better. The rest of the album is not what I would call "fill-ins" but are all good songs in their own right. His lyrics are as deep as Leonard Cohen, (although his voice isn't), and many of them talk to me in a way I can't describe. Thanks Again!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Brooks on February 6, 2013
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What a voice and great lyrics. Heard 'Flying' in a Starbucks and had to find out a little more about the artist. Definitely liked what I heard, although 2 months later and i still can't get enough of 'Flying'. Something about that song really hits somewhere inside of me. Can't quite figure it out -- maybe it's the melanchoy that I get from it. forget the critics and analysis -- if you like a raspy baritone, something like you would expect in a 60s or 70s coffee shop, on stage with an acoustic guitar, you might like this.
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