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Together Were Stranger: 5.1 Mix Enhanced, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Snapper UK
  • ASIN: B00180OT7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Traks on January 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The first time I sat down and listened to this album was on a trip to work. By the end of the first song I was mesmerized in a trance.. about 2 minutes into the 2nd song my eyes started to water.

The music on this album is so incredibly beautiful--and heartbreaking. This is one of the finest works of art in music. I was thinking of giving this album 4 stars because it's not something that could be listened to all the time and it's lack of any kind of catchy beats or rhythms would definitely deter many a listener. But the sheer brilliance of it deserves 5.

If you decide to get this album.. be warned: it is very slow and many of the things musically is happening in the background, a place most listeners of pop music don't really pay attention to. That said--sit down, relax, close your eyes and enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on July 26, 2006
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Its a pity few have ever heard of No Man, but that's the way it is with quality music these days because that's just the kind of music that rarely receives airplay. I'd never have heard of them myself had it not been for the fact that I am already a fan of Porcupine Tree and Steve Wilson and was interested in exploring some of Wilson's other projects.

It took me quite a few listens in a variety of environments to develop a taste for this CD. That's because what it needs is your full attention, and I wasn't always able to give it mine. After you listen several times, I think you'll agree that its best enjoyed when there are no distractions.

Together We're Stranger is purely sonic stress relief. The music is mellow and entrancing while the vocals are often reminiscent of the style and texture of jazz vocalist Michael Franks. My favorites here are Photographs In Black and White and Back When You Were Beautiful.

If you enjoy thoughtful, mellow and well-crafted songs or are already a Porcupine Tree or even a Michael Franks fan, then you should find a lot to like on Together We're Stranger. I did and I will explore further the music of No Man.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on March 28, 2008
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Since I am a sucker for "enhanced" and "special" editions, I was intrigued by this when it appeared on the market recently. Though I already own the original, hearing the much better mastering on this has made me appreciate Together We're Stranger all the more.
The music on this CD can best be described as ambient prog. It is great for just kicking back, closing your eyes, and relaxing. Though its a Steve Wilson project, its not Porcupine Tree, so its certainly not for the peripatetic who just can't relax. The patient listener will be rewarded by ethereal soundscapes that carry you deep into the world of the mind.
I think that staring at the static image that accompanies the music on the DVD while the music plays enhances the listener's experience by inducing the necessary feelings of relaxation. My favorite cut is Photographs In Black and White which becomes extremely intense as it progresses. I also really enjoy Back When You Were Beautiful and The Break-up For Real.
The DVD contains all the songs on the CD plus two bonus tracks. In addition, there is an arty, minimalist video of Things I Want To Tell You.
Like the first reviewer, I was tempted to give this four stars just because its not for everyday listening. But I became mesmerized after several listens and viewings and now agree with him that this is a work of genius.
I have several other No-Man recordings, but hearing/viewing the enhanced edition of Together We're Stranger has made me eager to go back and revisit those with new ears. If you need a little relaxation in your life and are open to new and interesting music, then this set may be for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By IRate on April 24, 2007
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This indulgent piece of mellow progressive manages to squeeze off a gentle hypnosis in better moments from the floating production and circular structure. Even though the songwriting feels pretentious, a certain studio competence, no doubt perfected through the psychedelic articulation from Porcupine Tree's Wilson, overrides much of the repetition. Much of the sparse, hypnotic styled melodies do not get as much potential mileage because of the overly airy vocal delivery from Bowness. In effect, much of this album's strengths lie in extended intros and outros that frame the precious vocalizing, making the purchase a mixed outing. Fans of minimalist acoustic work from bands like Low, mixed with the unabashedly sincere ballads the gentler progressive leanings from Dream Theater would offer will be right at home with this underwhelming but accomplished disc, though I am told the band has offered up greater music before this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By V.D.M. on June 24, 2006
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Together We're Stranger is a big departure from "Loveblows and Lovecries", and "Flowermouth". This isn't as upbeat or as catchy as their previous albums, but it does feature some of their finest lyrics, especially on "Back When You Were Beautiful", and "The Break-Up for Real". The album kind is kind of rocky until the last three tracks, which are really brilliant (and some of No-Man's best). Track by track review:

Together We're Stranger: 7/10 - Not bad for a title track, but it kind of drags on and is overlong. Still good.

All the Blue Changes: 9/10 - Now this is such a pretty song. It is the most upbeat on the album and features some good lyrics and vocals.

The City in a Hundred Ways: 5/10 - A short instrumental piece that goes through one ear and out the other.

Things I Want to Tell You: 6/10 - Another decent track. Like the title track, it would be much better if it were shorter. Such great lyrics too.

Photographs in Black and White: 9/10 - The longest track on the album, but it does not drag on like some of the other lengthy works. One of the three best songs on the album.

Back When You Were Beautiful: 10/10 - My personal favorite on the album. Features beautiful vocals by Tim Bowness, and great acoustic guitar melodies. Very spacey too.

The Break-Up for Real: 10/10 - The perfect way to close this album. A sad song about break up...for real.

Overall: 56/70 = 8/10

Together We're Stranger is a quality album, especially the final three songs. Definitely recommended, but if you are new to No-Man, start with "Flowermouth", or "Loveblows and Lovecries".
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