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White Moth

Xavier RuddAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Much like the ascending Koonyum Sun ushers in a new day in New South Wales, the record of the same name by world son Xavier Rudd carries a similar aura of refreshment, of rebirth.

From 2002’s To Let, his first studio album, through to 2007’s White Moth, Rudd gradually refined his globally-influenced collage of world music – a matchless mixture of reggae, funk, blues, ... Read more in Amazon's Xavier Rudd Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B000PSJCU6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Better People
2. Twist
3. Stargaze
4. Choices
5. Come Let Go
6. White Moth
7. Footprint
8. Land Rights
9. Anni Kookoo
10. Message Stick
11. Set It Up
12. Whispers
13. Whirlpool
14. Come Back

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Product Description

On his fourth album in five years, Australian Xavier Rudd continues to blend indigenous music of his homeland with a wide swath of sounds that have delighted and excited him throughout his life. Folk, pop, ska, reggae, world-beat rhythms, and more all are handily unified by Rudd's inviting and expressive vocals. The songs are imbued with human concerns, ranging in scale from small, private familial connections to society's responsibilities towards justice and equality. In particular, the plight of Australia's native people informs some of the lyrics. Rudd protects his heartfelt sentiments with personal and poetic phrases that avoid reducing the matters to sloganeering. Additionally, Aboriginal singers make a guest appearance, adding a timelessness and underscoring Rudd's own musical inspirations. After a series of infectious grooves and celebratory ensemble interplay, the set closes with the introspective "Come Back," a quiet plea that addresses the inner and outer worlds of this musical explorer. --David Greenberger

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beam Down in Moonlight February 22, 2008
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The review of "White Moth" in the magazine "Dirty Linen" peaked my curiosity. This is my first Rudd disc. It is worth repeated listenings and close inspection. As a vocalist, Rudd's voice is strong, but not overpowering. The opening track "Better People" is a mellow melodious midtempo number with a catchy chorus and a positive upbeat lyric, "giving food to the hungry, giving hope to the needy, giving life to a baby, giving care for free." "Twist" adopts a light reggae grove with a mystical lyric, "Can you sing to your creator, give tobacco to a tree or some flowers to your mother cause she gave you what you need?" While I'm clueless why one would give tobacco to a tree, it's a nice sound. The title track is a 2-minute ray of sunshine, "We're all here together on this beautiful day." The 7-minute "Footprint" rolls like a lost Led Zeppelin. "Anni Kookoo" is a soft acoustic gem that really brings Jack Johnson to mind. The instrumental "Message Stick" is unusually offbeat with its traditional sound and has become one of my moody favorite tracks on the CD. "Come Back" is a lovely lament, "I see your face when I'm staring out the window beaming down in the moonlight; The winter is colder without you by my side." "White Moth" is a varied, creative set. It has depth unified by a unique artistic vision. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful, underrated album February 10, 2008
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I'm really surprised that considering how well "Solace" has been received by the Amazon community, "White Moth" only earned a single five star vote that was attached to the one review before mine. It's baffling because this album is equally as strong. The song writing is just as compelling. As with Rudd's "Solace," the obvious comparison is Jack Johnson. True, they're both surfer dudes turned musicians. While I enjoy both performers, I prefer Xavier Rudd. I find Rudd's music to be far more dynamic. While Jack Johnson has a great sound, his music tends to get old quickly. In addition to the mellow solo acoustic guitar songs and occasional reggae vibes, Rudd rocks out every now and then. "White Moth" features some serious cookers like 'Footprint.' The man can play some mean slide guitar! Xavier Rudd also brings in the aboriginal elements from his Australian homeland. Whether it's the didjerdoo in 'Star Gaze' or the aboriginal chanting in 'Message Stick,' there's undeniable substance here that goes beyond typical beach culture. In this sense, a more accurate comparison with Xavier Rudd may be Keller Williams. Beyond this, Rudd's music features a passionate and enlightened sense of environmentalism. His social consciousness is inspiring. I was fortunate enough to see Xavier Rudd on tour for "White Moth" and the album is as good as his rockin' live performance. If you're one of those listeners who was wooed by "Solace," go for "White Moth."
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rudd for World President August 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
An amazing performer with deep love for the Earth.
His mix of reggae and folk and aborginal music is beautiful
and haunting .
I loved this cd so much I bought the rest of his music.
His vocal qualities remind me of a young Paul Simon.
Would vote him for World President because of his love of Mother Earth!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars White Moth Xavier Ruud February 25, 2008
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An awesome disc. Xavier Rudd plays slide guitar, percussion, australian aboriginal instruments.Overall the music is joyful and uplifting. It is inclusive incorporating contemporary with indigenous, musicians and singers including a Cree singer and aboriginal children. In addtion the lyrics celebrate the earth and speak of its need for our attention.
It is an album that uplifts social consciousness stimulates awareness
of our common bonds on the earth. Bravo to Xavier Rudd and his happy
collection of musicians!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome September 27, 2010
By Ben
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I'd describe Xavier Rudd as a reggae Paul Simon. This album is on the laid-back side although some tracks do pick it up a bit. His voice is clear, strong and melodic and didgeridoo is always really cool. There's an indigenous/tribal feel interspersed with some more main-stream sing-able tunes. I can listen to this CD over and over again and feel great doing it. If you've ever enjoyed Xavier Rudd's music, you can't go wrong with this album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if you dont Know Xavier Rudd February 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album is fine is you are new to Xavier Rudd. It gives you a nice showcase of his talents without much deviation from older material. The addition of indigenous vocals is a very nice touch though. Overall, a good album but not my favorite Rudd album. (See Food in the Belly)
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