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Trouble With Poets

Peter MulveyAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Over the past 20 years, Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician immersing himself in Tin Pan Alley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings. Relentlessly touring as a headliner his attitude is, When you love what you do, you can work all the time, he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani ... Read more in Amazon's Peter Mulvey Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 18, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 11, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00004SBXA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

In the early '90s Peter Mulvey was as a Boston subway busker, selling a pair of self-made CDs and making change out of his guitar case. But after garnering top honors in the 1994 Boston Acoustic Underground competition, his career rose above ground. An accomplished yet complex guitarist, and a dark, descriptive songwriter, Mulvey delivers it all with a charred, playful voice and in a variety of tempos and instrumentation (including a trademarked Tom Waits on "Bright Idea"). Jennifer Kimball and Chris Smither add vocal accompaniment along the way. The album's high points, however, remain the sparsely arranged numbers, such as the mandolin-accented "You Meet the Nicest People in Your Dreams," the Dylan-like "Wings of a Ragman," and the solo acoustic closer, "Home." --Scott Holter

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Almost two years ago I saw Peter Mulvey perform at an outdoor music festival and immediately bought this album. Never have I seen a contemporary singer-songwriter whose music was so rich, so full of original ideas and images, so devoid of cliches, and so full of mystery. Even after almost two years of listening, I never get tired of the songs because they still make me think and wonder. "Wings of the Ragman" is my favorite -- a dead man reaching out to implore the living to see what's around them. "Every Word Except Goodbye" is a most unusual will, an accounting of what should be given to whom. I love the lyrics, "Give my arms to your waist," and "Keep for yourself the thought of my favorite sin." Why, oh why is someone this talented -- as songwriter, singer and guitarist -- not more famous? Why are his songs not played on the radio? This is the kind of music I want to hear when I turn on the radio!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This music is magic ... May 2, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Peter Mulvey records only great CDs, and The Trouble with Poets is another winner. It starts with songwriting that is masterful, astonishingly wise and mature for a man just 30 years old, who only recently added musician/producer David "Goody" Goodrich to the songwriting mix. Though Mulvey's writing is often labeled dark, these songs vary in tempo, in instrumentation, and in mood. There is hope here, and compassion, in songs like Tender Blindspot, Wings of the Ragman, and Home. One also finds pain, introspection, paranoia, and flights of fancy (hey hey hey): just another walk in the park of these creative minds. The execution is equally fine. Mulvey's guitar playing is legendary, and Goodrich sprinkles effective instrumentals all over the album -- in addition to producing it with flare and skill. The result is the delicate acoustic Home, the special effects on Bright Idea, the flowing musicality of Ragman, and a delightful mandolin feature on the only cover on the CD, You Meet the Nicest People in Your Dreams. Guest vocalists make valuable contributions as well, but holding it all together is Mulvey's rich, soft, and very expressive voice. This is a hard-working musician with enormous talent. Buy the CD; discover a new obsession.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year! May 28, 2000
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It's hard to imagine a better album coming out this year. This latest offering is evolutionary from a musician who just gets better with each release. The production by sidekick David "Goody" Goodrich is amazing! This music is head and shoulders above the music that you hear everyday on the radio. I find this ablum inspiring and not dark at all as some have said. The lyrics are intelligent, poetic and insightful. The music, which is hard to classify, is both beautiful and powerful. This is sophisticated, semi-acoustic, rock. The two songs that I like the most are "Every word except goodbye" and "Wings of the Ragman" which are tracks 4 and 5 respectively. Both songs are so beautiful and inspiring that they leave me feeling filled and content. On the other end of the spectrum, "Bright Idea" just rocks me and the spooky, eerie mood of song is great. Peter's & Goody's ability to convey an emotion or feeling with each song is matched by very few artists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dance on the Dark Side April 14, 2000
By Dave
Format:Audio CD
To portray Peter Mulvey as one of the myriad under-recognized singer-songwriters is accurate, but insufficient. To describe the man and his music (which are inseparable) as Lou Reed meets Bruce Cockburn with a dash of American Music Club's laconia might give the unfamiliar listener a glimpse of Mulvey's edgy noir folk. This is risky, no-holds-barred, soul-bared, bardic wonderfulness. The album opens with the punchy title track, then meanders like a stream into an ever darkening and foreboding abyss. Kind of like Martin Sheen's upstream sojourn in "Apocalypse Now." Lyrically razor sharp and delivered with a twist here and a snap there, the man and his muse come through unfiltered and unadulterated. Highly recommended for those willing to take a walk on the edge, looking down all the way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Peter's latest outing is definitely among my favorites of the recordings he has released to date. "The Trouble With Poets" definitely represents his most mature work so far. His songwriting ability is unparalleled -- with his words, he echoes thoughts and feelings that everyone has but can never give voice to, from the whimsical to the fearful. Listen, and you will find something in his songs that will make you feel like someone understands, no matter what your mood is or where you're coming from. Particularly excellent tracks are "Words To Small To Say," "Tender Blindspot," and, of course, the title track, wherein he gives the poet in all of us pause. You'll never get tired of this one...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mulvey Minded November 15, 2000
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I have only seen Peter Mulvey in concert twice but it was incredible. He performed many of these songs live and I can only say the energy in the live show was so intense that the album could not reach 5 stars after seeing him really put his heart into it. Of all of Peter Mulvey's albums I would say this one is my second favorite, next to the first one I ever listened to which was Rapture. I do however, recommend that you purchase ALL of his albums because Peter Mulvey is the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable tunes.
Mulvey is a great artist with unique style. I liked this album.
Published 1 month ago by noah53
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant...
Peter Mulvey is truly one of the best songwriters out there today. His songs reach a level of musical brilliance that I have not heard since Leo Kottke; aside from musical beauty,... Read more
Published on October 1, 2000 by S.
5.0 out of 5 stars But anyway...
This is possibly going to be the finest folk/acoustic record of the year. There have been brilliant albums put out by such folk giants as ellis Paul, Richard Shindell and the... Read more
Published on July 23, 2000 by A true fan...
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprise
Ok, I had never heard of Peter Mulvey before. I went to the Winnipeg Folk Festival for the first time a couple of days ago, and I saw him play a couple tunes ("Trouble With... Read more
Published on July 10, 2000 by "mradyfist"
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you looking for that CD you can play over and over?
Every once in awhile, I am lucky enough to come across some music that takes over my world; I can listen to it over and over and just not get tired of it. Read more
Published on June 19, 2000 by Jill C.
4.0 out of 5 stars From Strength to Strength
Why 4, and not 5 stars? Because Peter Mulvey's growth as a songwriter, performer, and recording artist has been so dramatic over the last several years that I know that as... Read more
Published on June 2, 2000 by Stephen L. Garrison
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition to Peter's growing catalog!
Now you'd think that a man who ended up in the subways of Boston by way of Ireland would be a bit on the rough side muscially, right? Well, yes and no. Read more
Published on May 8, 2000 by
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songwriting, great playing, great singing, great album
Peter Mulvey's seventh album is my favorite of them all, at least until the eighth one comes out. The songwriting is excellent, and as I've heard Peter say in concert, the voices... Read more
Published on April 24, 2000 by Ryan Olsen
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