A Solitary Man

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
With the likes of Rumer, Nerina Pallot, and even Ronan Keating bringing orchestral '60s pop back into fashion, singer/songwriter Jonathan Jeremiah's debut album, A Solitary Man, couldn't have been timed any better. Indeed, the London-born vocalist may cite the likes of Nick Drake, John Martyn, and Cat Stevens as his main influences, but while its 11 tracks are undoubtedly steeped in the sounds of the late '60s/early '70s, it's the timeless lounge-pop of Burt Bacharach that draws the closest comparison. Making full use of his impressive array of guest musicians (the Heritage Orchestra, James Brown's brass section the J.B.'s, Roots drummer ?uestlove), the likes of opening ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
With the likes of Rumer, Nerina Pallot, and even Ronan Keating bringing orchestral '60s pop back into fashion, singer/songwriter Jonathan Jeremiah's debut album, A Solitary Man, couldn't have been timed any better. Indeed, the London-born vocalist may cite the likes of Nick Drake, John Martyn, and Cat Stevens as his main influences, but while its 11 tracks are undoubtedly steeped in the sounds of the late '60s/early '70s, it's the timeless lounge-pop of Burt Bacharach that draws the closest comparison. Making full use of his impressive array of guest musicians (the Heritage Orchestra, James Brown's brass section the J.B.'s, Roots drummer ?uestlove), the likes of opening track "If You Only," the ironically titled "Happiness," and the gorgeous "Lost" are all drenched in the kind of warm layers of strings, gentle horns, and shuffling brushed percussion that defined the songwriting legend's heyday, while Jeremiah's deep gritty baritone is the perfect foil for the sweet soulful melodies and contrasting tales of relationship woes. The barroom blues of closing track "All the Man That I'll Ever Be" (written at the last minute after his girlfriend became upset that there wasn't a song dedicated to her), the pastoral folk of the title track, and the soothing fingerpicking acoustics of "How Half-Heartedly We Believe" show glimpses of the serious singer/songwriter vibes hinted at through his choice of musical idols. But the album works best when it's in full-on lounge lizard mode, particularly the swaggering soul-blues of "Heart of Stone," which wouldn't sound out of place on a Vegas-era Tom Jones set list, and the big-band swing of "See (It Doesn't Bother Me)." A big voice on young shoulders, A Solitary Man's occasional shifts in direction suggests Jeremiah hasn't quite yet figured out exactly what to do with it. But in a scene littered with ten-a-penny acoustic troubadours, he would be wise to stick with its more charming and prevalent multi-layered sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2011
  • Label: Island Uk
  • UPC: 602527127057
  • Catalog Number: 2712705
  • Sales rank: 108,402

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If You Only (2:55)
  2. 2 Heart of Stone (3:25)
  3. 3 Happiness (3:01)
  4. 4 Lost (3:38)
  5. 5 That Same Old Line (2:33)
  6. 6 How Half-Heartedly We Behave (2:42)
  7. 7 See (It Doesn't Bother Me) (5:11)
  8. 8 A Solitary Man (3:23)
  9. 9 Never Gonna (2:59)
  10. 10 Justified (3:13)
  11. 11 All the Man I'll Ever Be (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jonathan Jeremiah Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Pee Wee Ellis Saxophone
Billy Skinner Drums
Bernard Butler Bass, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Nat Jones Violin
David Preston Electric Guitar
Patrick Roberts Violin
Fred Wesley Trombone
Tom Richards Saxophone
Amy Wilson Viola
Gary Winters Trumpet
Makoto Sakamoto Drums
Jonathan Cottle Cello
Graeme Flowers Trumpet
Kate Marsden Violin
Ruston Pomeroy Violin
Gavin Broom Trumpet
Tim Smart Trombone
Heritage Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jennymay Logan Violin
Greg Foat Piano
Tim Anderson French Horn
Tom Mason Bass
Ben Lee Violin
Rhian Porter Cello
Sarah Chapman Viola
Sam Bullard Clarinet
Jules Buckley Conductor
Amy Stanford Viola
Juliet Lee Violin
Chris Kelly Double Bass
Alan Hardiman Trombone
Oliver Langford Viola
Marianne Haynes Violin
Sam Aylward Violin
Penny Ainscow Violin
Nozomi Cohen Viola
Nicki Davenport Double Bass
Kit Massey Violin
Ben Trigg Cello
Lucy Railton Cello
Joe Zeitlin Cello
George Philips Saxophone
Emilie Hornlund Viola
Rosie Tompsett Violin
Katharina Scheld Violin
Jossy Lightfoot French Horn
Hannah Ashenden Cello
Daniel Davies Bass
Anna Smith Viola
Amy Greenhalgh Violin
Alistair Mitchell Violin
Tony Coote Drums
Steve Watts Piano
Poppy Walshaw Cello
Tom Skinner Drums
Technical Credits
Bernard Butler Composer, Producer, Engineer
Danton Supple Vocal Engineer
Andrew Sherriff Engineer
Jimmy Hogarth Composer
Desmond Lambert Engineer
Antonio Feola Engineer
Jonathan Jeremiah Composer, Producer
Jules Buckley Arranger, Orchestration
Tim Young Mastering
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