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Yours to Keep [Enhanced]

Albert Hammond Jr.Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Watertower Music
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cartoon Music For Superheroes
2. In Transit
3. Everyone Gets A Star
4. Bright Young Thing
5. Blue Skies
6. 101
7. Call An Ambulance
8. Scared
9. Holiday
10. Hard To Live In The City
11. Postal Blowfish
12. Well...All Right

Editorial Reviews

If it took a solo album for Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. to make sure his songs were finally heard, file this one under "their loss" for those egocentric East Siders. The first in the group to make his own record, Hammond (son of the triumphant '70s singer and composer) comes up big, hammering out 10 songs brimming with beatific melodies ("Call an Ambulance"), sugary harmonies ("Scared"), and the same rampant guitar ("In Transit") that he wields with the big band. Though he recruits prominent pals Sean Lennon and Ben Kweller for the ride, it's unnecessary, as Hammond's voice--both capable and charmingly unkempt--is a step above the monotonous murmur of Strokes singer Julian Casablancas (who also appears). Hammond's far-reaching influences drift from AM pop to punk rock, but the mop-topped musician mostly keeps it close to the vest, blending shades of the Beach Boys ("Cartoon Music for Superheroes," complete with toy piano), John Lennon ("Blue Skies"), and the Pixies ("Back to the 101"). Now he just has to make sure his band gets a copy of the record. --Scott Holter

Product Description

US pressing includes two bonus tracks, 'Postal Blowfish' and 'Well... Right' along with an enhanced video to '101'. This is the solo debut from The Strokes' guitarist. Featured artists include Julian Casablancas, Sean Lennon, Ben Kweller, and many others. The core trio is Albert on guitars and vocals, joined by Matt Romano on drums and Josh Lattanzi on bass. Look for Hammond on the Incubus tour, solo, at SXSW, and as support for Bloc Party through March. New Line Records. 2007.

Customer Reviews

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ear candy for the soul....that rocks March 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I dragged my wife to see Albert and company here in Portland OR, tempting her by telling her that he would surely play a Strokes tune or two. Well, by the end of the evening, the only non-original song played was a Frank Black ditty, and we never even noticed that every other song was off of his album.

My wife was so smitten, she made me buy the album yesterday - the first day in stores - to have on her iPod at work. His work is definitely more melodic and thoughtful than the Strokes. - (think sweet and sticky - but just enough to you keep you consuming, not caring that your teeth are rotting out of your head), yet there are enough Strokesy guitar riffs, staccato drum beats and rhythms that are just as difficult to shake out of your head as Strokes stand-bys "Someday", "Hard to Explain", "When it Started", "12:51", and "You Only Live Once".

While I don't take the 5 star rating lightly, this album will get plenty of play on my ipod as well and definitely deserves the stature that befits an outstanding solo debut - especially one that could easily be overshadowed or dismissed in favor of the genre defining Strokes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Free from the world March 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Albert Hammond Jr. is best known as as a valuable member of the Strokes. But don't let that influence your expectations for his solo debut "Yours To Keep." On his own, Hammond turns out a totally different album: a shimmering, creative little pop collection that dips into lean rock'n'roll and vintage sunny pop.

It starts on a note that's very Beach Boys -- sunny, psychedelic-edged, and slightly sleepy. "Goodnight, I said to you goodnight/Dream of all the impossible/And you wake you see/That all these dreams aren't fake/They're real/Not impossible," Hammond croons in a slightly sleepy voice.

All that changes with "In Transit," the most Strokesian of all the songs -- a peppy, uptempo guitar number with slightly rebellious lyrics. But with "Bright Young Things," the style switches back to a circling guitar melody and a sunny musical edge, some folksy ballads, catchy rockers that bloom into peppy pop, toe-tapping acoustic plucks, and ringing songs about vacations in Jamaica.

Despite the variety of styles, Hammond actually does a pretty good job keeping a signature "sound" in these songs -- something a bit happier and slightly wistful than the Strokes. It does have a bit of a split personality, between rock and sunny pop, but I suspect it's something that Hammond will iron out in future albums.

The music has plenty of guitar -- both acoustic and bass -- both in lean sinewy riffs and in circling melodies. But Hammond and a variety of musicians (including Sean Lennon, Julian Casablancas, Ben Kweller, and Sammy James Jr) wrap the songs in a thin layer of other instruments -- tinkly melodica, ukelele, rippling keyboard, and some brass. There's even whistling at one point.

Hammond's voice is kind of scratchy, but it's still pretty pleasant to the ear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Surpass Your Expectations December 10, 2006
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I thought this was an excellent album. I am a big Strokes fan, but don't expect Strokes songs. Hammond Jr. goes out in a completely different direction than his efforts with the Strokes, and I feel he succeeded in Yours to Keep. I'm glad it's being released in the U.S. and not just the UK or Europe, as I feel it's definitely worth introducing to a wide audience. The only reason I know about the album is from being hooked on the songs from the rare Strokes DVD "In Transit", with the soundtrack written by Mr. Hammond himself.

It's a simple, melodic album, that isn't trying to prove anything. Some nice harmonies and hooks. It's hard to explain what's so good about it, just because it is so unimposing - in a good way. But you'll have the choruses in your head all day. Hammond's voice is surprisingly good, too - here he sounds exceptionally tender.

I also enjoyed the cameo from Sean Lennon in "Scared" [Julian Casablancas is also featured on this song, but you can barely hear him, although it's fun to try]. My personal favorites are "In Transit", "Everyone Gets a Star", "Hard to Live in the City" and "Scared".

The only complaint I have is the production is a little shoddy; once again I wonder why someone who has done time in a mega successful band didn't have the cash to fund a side project!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Albert is the new Julian :) January 18, 2007
By jasmin
Format:Audio CD
I listen to the Strokes religiously, and I am such a huge fan. -This album was so not what I had excpected. It is a lot softer and more mellow than the strokes. Albert has such a great voice, again, not what I had expected. It's sort of "the Strokes meets the Shins" but better!! If you love Indie, buy this album! If you love the Strokes, buy this album and support the fellow bandmate Albert Hammmond Jr!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Strokes 2.0 June 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I mean, I love Julian Casablancas, but Albert Hammond Jr was the musical genius behind the Strokes. This album is him basically doing whatever the hell he wants with whoever the hell he wants. Lots of lyricists came in to help him out. He may have had several different session drummers. Sean Lennon sang on one track (that really popular one you always hear on streaming radio stations after thumbing-up only Strokes songs on your Strokes station until the program finally gives up and meets you half-way). Anyway, it's a great CD, and I;ve enjoyed it immensely.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Purchase
The shipping was perfect and the album was in great condition. And the best part was the sound quality was good, I really enjoyed this purchase.
Published 16 months ago by Olivia Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Albert Hammond Jr has an amazing solo, the songs are great and the design is cute. Everyone should try it.
Published on May 29, 2012 by Ourocard International
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I thought it would be.
Kind of hard to expect an album of this quality when the Strokes have been spiraling downward for a while, but it's a token of a songwriter hidden behind Julian Casablancas for... Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Zach Ashworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I really love this album. It's got a lot of really catchy songs on it. You can definitely hear the Strokes influence, or rather, Hammond's influence in the Strokes.
Published on February 1, 2010 by RKJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Yours to Keep
Yours to Keep being the solo debut for the Strokes guitarist and was released 2006 is a very good indie pop album that has elements from the Smiths and the Cure. Read more
Published on September 24, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Yours To Keep
The debut from guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. proved to be quite different from his previous work with the New York post-punk band The Strokes. Read more
Published on April 9, 2009 by Mark Twain
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre but still better than most of the new stuff going on.
This album is good but it's unfortunate that it comes from a Stroke in the sense that there have been many a band that do this sort of thing way better and the best of the lot (The... Read more
Published on July 24, 2007 by The Ox
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the unexpected surprises of the year
Albert Hammond Jr. is "that other guy" to the Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas, Hammond being the capable guitarist (and son of ... Read more
Published on June 8, 2007 by Paul Allaer
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm yours to keep
Albert Hammond Jr. is best known as as a valuable member of the Strokes. But don't let that influence your expectations for his solo debut "Yours To Keep. Read more
Published on May 16, 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
Who knew that Hammond jr. had such an incredible voice?! A few of the songs are reminiscent of the strokes sound...which is not a bad thing! All in all, a great find!
Published on May 13, 2007 by Ashlee Hicks
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