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Sean Rowe - Salesman and the Shark -OFFICIAL FULL PROMO- (CD 2012) 24HR POST
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Sean Rowe - Salesman and the Shark -OFFICIAL FULL PROMO- (CD 2012) 24HR POST
Sean Rowe - Salesman and the Shark -OFFICIAL FULL PROMO- (CD 2012) 24HR POST
Sean Rowe - Salesman and the Shark -OFFICIAL FULL PROMO- (CD 2012) 24HR POST

Sean Rowe - Salesman and the Shark -OFFICIAL FULL PROMO- (CD 2012) 24HR POST

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ALL ITEMS IN STOCK. ALL ITEMS POSTED WITHIN 24 HOURS OF RECEIVING PAYMENT [MON -FRI]LIKE NEW - UNSEALED / UNPLAYEDSean Rowe - Salesman and the Shark -OFFICIAL FULL PROMO- (CD 2012) IN GLOSS SLIPCASE [ SEE PHOTO ] Official promotional Advance release by ANTI Records 1st Class POST Available tooTrack Listing1. Bring Back the Night2. Flying3. The Lonelymaze4. Joe's Cult5. Signs6. The Wall7. The Ballad of Buttermilk Falls8. Horses9. Old Shoes10. Downwind11. Thunderbird12. Long Way HomeDetailsNumber of CDs:1Recording Type:StudioAlbum NotesSinger and songwriter Sean Rowe is possessed of a truly singular voice. On Magic, his Anti debut in 2011, it seemed to rumble straight up from the depths of the earth to shake the listener's ground. Though the stark guitar and voice production were a bit rigid, Rowe's songs, even when a tad clumsy, carried within them a singular vision of the natural world and an experiential poetry that was easily communicated to listeners through that powerful voice. The Salesman and the Shark stands in contrast to its predecessor. Produced by Woody Jackson, Rowe is backed by a band on most tracks, as well as various backing singers (who include Petra Haden and Isobel Campbell), and an occasional string section (Octetto Magnifico). The supporting cast is warranted; Rowe's grown immensely as a writer. His melodies are tighter, his lyrics and cadences sharper. Likewise, that voice, which seemed already perfect, is even more disciplined and expressive. Opener "Bring Back the Night" is a waltz ushered in by a halting electric guitar, a skeletal piano, and a simple bassline. Rowe gets through the first verse about broken love then delivers the killer couplet the tune turns on: "The jungle has built its own plans/And I was born obsolete, though I'm not an innocent man...." His voice digs inside those words as if they were from his marrow. A backing chorus joins him, sliding in from the margins and carrying it to the heavens as a prayer. On "Elsewhere," the band shimmers in the backdrop; they give his vocals free rein on top, bringing the tune's simple melody and weighty lyrics to the listener like a shot. Inara George duets on "The Wall," introduced by the strings with restrained dissonance. They create a sense off quiet drama before Rowe calms them as he begins to relate a broken love song; George plaintively answers him from the other side of the divide. "Horses" is one of two rock songs here with its driving organic percussion, hyperactive strings, and kinetic acoustic guitars. The other is "Downwind," which successfully employs surf music to further its ends. In terms of production there are a few songs here that rely too much on Tom Waits ("Joe's Cult") and Leonard Cohen ("The Lonely Maze"). That said, they don't feel like missteps because Rowe actually possesses the chops to deliver the songs, which are strong regardless. The Salesman and the Shark is head and shoulders above the work of most of Rowe's peers, and he possesses a strong identity as a songwriter, even if he doesn't feel confident completely relying on it yet. ~ Thom Jurek
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