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This Empty Northern Hemisphere

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This Empty Northern Hemisphere is Isakov s latest collection of songs in which he conjures the miracles and heartaches of day to day living then transforms them into melodies, with a serious commitment to songcraft and musicianship. Isakov composed the songs for This Empty Northern Hemisphere following his relocation from the Colorado wilds to the town of Boulder. The period also marked the beginning of a new creative cycle for the 28-year-old singer songwriter, who combines his personal past with poetry to create a musically visceral present. Isakov co-produced the album at various locations with Jamie Mefford who also engineered and is credited with God Noises. He s accompanied throughout by his band, the Freight: Jen Gilleran (drums), Jeb Bows (violin) and Phil Parker (cello). Isakov plays guitars, banjo, piano and harmonica, among other instruments. Brandi Carlile (Columbia) sings on 5 of the tracks. The pair also cut Leonard Cohen s One of Us Cannot Be Wrong, as a duet.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gregory Alan Isakov
  • ASIN: B002APNGJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first song I ever heard from this guy was "That Moon Song" and I heard it on The Wake Up Sets on SiriusXM's station The Loft. The host of that morning show has a penchant for playing what has been termed "sad b@st@rd songs."
Gregory Alan Isakov has made an album full of these songs. This is most definitely a headphone album. The songs just glow and wrap you up in emotion. Strings, acoustic guitars, softly tapping drums and Gregory's gentle voice all blend together nicely to create one fine album.
I don't know if this makes any sense, but the songs on this album sound exactly like what the album cover looks like. If it doesn't make sense now, it will once you listen to the album.

If you're a fan of Doug Burr, then you'll probably like this album.

Key Track: That Moon Song.
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By CLou on May 5, 2013
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This album is so relaxing and so enchanting that I use it to massage my clients to. My customers are always asking "who is this"? I'm sure I completely butcher his name, but... I then have planted a beautiful musical seed. Enjoy!
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I heard "That Moon Song" on the radio a couple weeks back. When I hear a good song, I typically write down the name of the artist and song so I can go back later to download it. Often times I lose interest, forget to go back, or get the one song I like and move on to newer and greener pastures. After I got this one song, I got curious what the rest of the album was like. I had been burned before by artists who had one or two good songs and I had taken a chance on their album and made the big purchase, so I was skeptical. I went to the artists website and I listened to each song in his set. I immediately loved this album. It is slow and melodic. His style reminds me a bit of a modern Bob Dylan, without the weird inflection in voice. If you have heard 'That Moon Song' and really enjoyed it, you won't regret getting the rest of the album.

I agree with the other commenter above me as well. Every song, on the album, sounds like the album cover looks.
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His best album yet. Isakov's album features brilliantly composed lyrics that haunt you and sweep you off your feet. They are original and heartfelt. Brandi Carlile really adds a lot of depth to the several songs she provides background vocals. Together they create a whirlwind of beauty that will carry you afloat to pure bliss.
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The title is aptly chosen for Isakov's music. If you are looking for something to rock on down the highway with this is not what you are looking. If you are looking for finely crafted music then you have found it. I have been listening to this at night as I wind down for the day. I find that I am humming many of the tunes periodically during the day...get one in my head and away i go. As I am writing this I am silently singing Big Black Car which prompted me to write this review. In a nutshell I have been listening to this for several weeks now and like it more with each listening. I will be learning a few of these on the guitar when I can find the chords, I do not have a good enough ear to pull them out while listening but it will be worth the hunt. An added bonus is a subdued Brandi Carlile provides backup on half the songs. Great stuff.
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One of my favorite albums of all time. Normally I could only listen to an album this mellow if I was in the right mood, or if I had definitely had plenty of sleep-- but I find this album so captivating that I can always find myself singing along. Once you really listen to it, it just seems to engage all of the senses. Beautiful music, and beautiful words.
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With his second full album Gregory Alan Isakov continues to display his impressive songwriting skills and his voice just seems to get better. Everything on here is worth listening to. You owe it to yourself to see this guy in concert.

And note the lack of 1- and 2-star reviews for this album.
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He seriously has such a great voice and I love listening to him. I even introduced my students to him, because he is THAT good! I would give you a list of the best songs on this album, but then I would just be listing every song on the album. Get this!
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