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This deluxe CD edition is exclusive to Amazon and is limited to 500 copies worldwide. Presented in a notebook style format with a chipboard front and back cover, the release features Neil Halstead's handwritten lyric sheets as well as open space for your own ruminations as you listen to the album. This is Neil's third solo album after a storied career with Slowdive and Mojave 3. AllMusic has called Neil "one of Britain's most respected songwriters".
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I have listened to this album several times already and it was only released a week ago. There aren't too many albums out this year that I have listened to more than twice. The music is minimal: acoustic guitar, piano, upright bass and violin. Keeping it this simple allows the vocals to become the focal point, as they should, they are some of the best lyrics he's ever written. "Death runs deep in this family, writes a song for the left hand only. Lost my arm in the first great war, wish I never learned that piano before" he sings in Wiggenstein's Arm. "Don't worry if you don't hear nothing for a time, it's just my way" he laments on the closing track, "Loose Change."
It's difficult to write a song with such incredible sadness and beauty at the same time. Neil Halstead has written an entire album. It's as if he's telling us all, "It's ok to be sad, for a time, but it's also ok to stop being sad." I am in love with this album.
Key Tracks: ALL OF THEM