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Gary Jules, best know for soulful remake of Tears For Fears "Mad World" from the Donnie Darko soundtrack, is one such artist. He plays, writes a sings a folky form of mellow rock that is infectious. Once you start listening, you're hooked. Everyone I've played this CD for evidenced suprise they hadn't hear it before and found it really good. These were people across a broad age group too, from 17 to near 50.
If you enjoy quality, thoughtful music, then Gary is your man. Be aware that if all you've hear from him is the Mad World remake, then his style is a bit different...more "rocky." I'm happier with this purchase moreso than any other in a long while. Oh, I picked mine up at CDBaby.com...non-import version.
Listening to the CD, one is no longer in their car or their living room but in a small venue filled with the smells of cigarette smoke, an old bar and a floor worn from decades of use. Jules' music creates the environment of an intimate concert venue through the absence of an overly studioed sound. Clearly this is a professional recording, but Jules' talents and style make it feel as if it's a private concert.
Jules' work is very mellow. The least mellow song is DTLA (DownTown Los Angeles) and yet it flows smoothly and at a relaxed pace. Even the short (1:45) Unlucky stands out as a memorable song for it is mostly guitar until the end when there is a verse and it's over, leaving the listener wanting more. Currently, my favorite song is Mad World, which I feel bad saying because it is the only song on TS-OFW-T not written by Jules. It appeared on the Donnie Darko soundtrack, so if you have that and are thinking you might like all of Jules' CD, you may. I got the CD because of Jules' Mad World perofrmance on Conan O'Brien and figured I would like the rest, and I was right. Even though the songs given for samples on Amazon are not the best of the CD, give them a listen as they are representative of the rest of the CD's style.
For those of you who like mellow rock, folksy, indie-style rock, give this CD a look, or at least listen to the Amazon samples.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
dissappointing that there's only one song on the entire album that I likePublished 11 months ago by laurieabd
Song done well by Gary Jules. Loving piano music makes this song worth listening to over and over. Gary Jules sings this one well also. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by LHoose
Like many people, my introduction to Gary Jules was his version of "Mad World" used on the "Donnie Darko" soundtrack, so I listened to the album expecting to hear... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Matthew
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Awesome! Love it! I recommend this to everyone because it is awesome! It is a very cool item to have!Published on May 5, 2013 by Reuben Gregorian
I liked "Mad World" a lot. The rest was just so-so. Didn't make me want to get anything else by him or listen very deeply.Published on April 2, 2013 by Keith M. Hamm
The exposure Mad World got with the release of Donnie Darko has probably past now so if you're reading this you probably want to know what the album has to offer. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Roger Software