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Postby albinodwarf27 » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:41 pm

Thanks for the update, Lou!
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Postby ludovica64 » Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:42 pm

albinodwarf27 @ October 27, 2008 11:41 am wrote: Thanks for the update, Lou!


You're welcome Nancy! :D ;)
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Postby Al's Homeboy » Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:15 am

Alridey then! I'll check it out!
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Postby ludovica64 » Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:52 am

Ok well I just wrote a review for I-Tunes for this album.. any comments?

Stalking through a rich mindscape

This dark, dense jungle of an album is the perfect place to begin to explore the music of Stephen Jay for the first time. Exploring is a perfect metaphor here, as we are taken on a journey, both physical and spiritual, in the company of a warm and funny companion whose lively mind is full of questions and curiosity about the world, and everything that is in it.

The mellow warm bass-driven richness of the music is full of surprises at every turn. It makes no attempt at commercialism and consequently is able to reflect closely Jay's magpie like interest in a vast palette of different colours and shades of music from all over the world. This "World Music" feel gives the album an almost "live" feel in places, so it luckily escapes the heaviness of over-production, and despite the lavish many-layered musical textures, it manages to retain a sparse spacious vibe to it which excites the curiosity.

Physical Answer is an exploration of the relationship between simplicity and complexity, the physical world and the spiritual dimension. It examines everything with the openness of a child looking for that answer, and I feel, concludes that spiritual enlightenment comes from understanding our physical world more fully, and preserving it, rather than living our lives as events incidental to, or conflicting with our spirituality or religious impulse.

Jay is not just a musician credited on three Grammy Award Winners, nine Grammy Nominees, nine Gold and five Platinum Albums, he is also an accomplished and thought-provoking poet who throughout this album takes us along with him on his expedition, acting as a rookie guide showing us the wonder of everything he sees in the world around him; asking us to take a second look at what we take for granted.
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Postby catanddogdoctor » Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:33 pm

ludovica64 @ November 24, 2008 03:52 am wrote:Ok well I just wrote a review for I-Tunes for this album.. any comments?

Stalking through a rich mindscape

This dark, dense jungle of an album is the perfect place to begin to explore the music of Stephen Jay for the first time. Exploring is a perfect metaphor here, as we are taken on a journey, both physical and spiritual, in the company of a warm and funny companion whose lively mind is full of questions and curiosity about the world, and everything that is in it.

The mellow warm bass-driven richness of the music is full of surprises at every turn. It makes no attempt at commercialism and consequently is able to reflect closely Jay's magpie like interest in a vast palette of different colours and shades of music from all over the world.  This "World Music" feel gives the album an almost "live" feel in places, so it luckily escapes the heaviness of over-production, and despite the lavish many-layered musical textures, it manages to retain a sparse spacious vibe to it which excites the curiosity.

Physical Answer is an exploration of the relationship between simplicity and complexity, the physical world and the spiritual dimension. It examines everything with the openness of a child looking for that answer, and I feel, concludes that spiritual enlightenment comes from understanding our physical world more fully, and preserving it, rather than living our lives as events incidental to, or conflicting with our spirituality or religious impulse.

Jay is not just a musician credited on three Grammy Award Winners, nine Grammy Nominees, nine Gold and five Platinum Albums, he is also an accomplished and thought-provoking poet who throughout this album takes us along with him on his expedition, acting as a rookie guide showing us the wonder of everything he sees in the world around him; asking us to take a second look at what we take for granted.


Fantastic...... I think it is just perfect, you are a very good writer!

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Postby BabyBoolie27 » Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:20 pm

Excellent Louise! You really have a way with words! :good:
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Postby algonacchick » Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:57 pm

That is excellent. I think someone who didn't know anything about Steve's music at all might be swayed to buy this cd based on your review. I so need a copy of this.
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Postby ludovica64 » Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:21 pm

Thanks so much Maria. I don't know if UK reviews will appear in the US i-Tunes store though, the US ones certainly don't in the UK store. Maybe "someone" will have to repost it there

Thanks Tori :)

Thanks Patti, well that's good news :) thats what a review ought to make you want to do :great:
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Postby Eithne » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:24 am

listened to this again today twice through - and it could repeat again :) Just like his other albums there's all these nooks and crannies where notes, sounds and words seem to be found or jump out... it's different every time yet the 'world' of his music is always a comfortable place to be.
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Postby Yankomaniac » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:01 am

Really wicked album, Broken String and Running Thru The Forest are probably my favorites. Guys a genius.
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