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Bookmarks (2006)

Artist: Roddy Hart
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Format: CD
Sku: 202947331
UPC: 766397444024
UPC 14: 00766397444024
Release Date: 1/30/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Life And Times Of Joseph Rowe, The ~ Roddy Hart
2. She Is All I Need ~ Roddy Hart
3. Temperance Of Peace ~ Roddy Hart
4. My Greatest Success ~ Roddy Hart
5. Flames ~ Roddy Hart
6. I Will Not Fear The Dark ~ Roddy Hart
7. Suffocate ~ Roddy Hart
8. Rain In December ~ Roddy Hart
9. Nothing Is Broken ~ Roddy Hart
10. One Thousand Lives ~ Roddy Hart
11. Time Is A Thief ~ Roddy Hart
12. Home ~ Roddy Hart
13. Journey's End ~ Roddy Hart

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Composer: Roddy Hart.
Muze PNote Personnel: Roddy Hart (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, piano, harmonium, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron, glockenspiel); Roddy Hart; John David Martin, John Martin. (electric guitar); Dave McGowan (pedal steel guitar); Paul McGeechan (piano); Michael Mcdaid (bass instrument); Seamus Simon (drums); Marco Rea, Yorick Cormack, Kris Kristofferson (background vocals); Paul Livingston (electric guitar, E-bow); Geoff Martyn (piano, background vocals); Stephen Douglas (drums); Frank Reader, Niall Holmes, Eddi Reader (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Paul McGeechan; Roddy Hart.
Muze PNote Recording information: Cul Du Sac Studios, Maui, HI (2005); Park Lane Studios, Glasgow, Scotland (2005); Paw Paw Studios (2005).
Muze PNote Photographer: Simon Murphy .
Muze PNote Scottish singer/songwriter Roddy Hart might only be in his mid-twenties, but he reveals himself to be something of an old soul on his debut disc. In the opening tune, "The Life and Times of Joseph Rowe," he offers a moving portrait of an old man looking back at his life and observing: "As the years went rushing past/I let some things slip from my grasp/Too proud to let the moments last." While his lyrics display an impressive perspective for a twenty-something songwriter, it's the lovely melody that sweeps up the listener. By the second track, the twangy pop gem "She Is All I Need," Hart invites comparisons to the critically acclaimed tunesmith Ron Sexsmith through his skilled songcraft as well as his gentle, slightly trembly vocal style. Throughout the disc, he exhibits a mature musical sense without coming across as overly precocious. He combines a bit of young Dylan with a Costello croon to convey a sense of melancholic regret on "My Greatest Success" while the romantic tale "One Thousand Lives" suggests a stripped down "For You" with a touch of Jeff Buckley. These nods to his influences, typical of a young performer, don't diminish Hart's accomplishments here. Another attractive feature is the disc's rich but not overly fussy arrangements created by Hart, who plays a variety of guitars and keyboards, and his co-producer, veteran Scottish rocker Paul McGeechan. All of their elements coalesce wonderfully on "Flames," a glorious up-tempo love story about "young Jack and sweet Marie" built around a catchy little guitar lick, a wash of Hammond organ and some lush backing vocals. It's the type of tune that Van Morrison might have done back in his "Brown-Eyed Girl" days. This disc, however, is not a flawless effort. The middle section bogs down slightly with one too many piano ballads but the songs never succumb to becoming bland and glossy. The album wraps up strongly with the spare, wistful "Journey's End," another tune that demonstrates Hart's wiser-than-his years skills. The highly memorable Bookmarks marks an impressive debut from Hart, and sets the bar high for his future efforts. ~ Michael Berick

Producer: Paul McGeechan; Roddy Hart; Paul McGeechan; Roddy Hart

Engineer: Roddy Hart; Chris Gordon; Ian Graham; Lain Graham; Roddy Hart; Chris Gordon

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/12/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 74440
Music Label Name Label : Compass (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00766397444024

Professional Reviews

No Depression (p.92)
- "Tough, sentimental and straightforward, the songs collected on BOOKMARKS, his surprising debut, bear all the hallmarks of classic Americana."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Hart,Roddy
Product attributeLabel:   Compass Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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