Are You Lookin' at Me?

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Colin Hay wrote and recorded steadily since his departure from Men at Work in the mid-'80s, but he never quite managed to break out of cult status. He good-naturally resurfaced in sitcoms and videos of covers of Men at Work tunes, so he never totally disappeared from pop culture consciousness, but his albums appealed to an ever-more selective audience as he released them independently throughout the '90s. Released in the spring of 2007, Are You Lookin' at Me? is his ninth solo album, but there is a difference in his approach on this record. Here, he sounds relaxed, comfortable with his status as a cult singer/songwriter, so he's not trying to have hits or sound ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Colin Hay wrote and recorded steadily since his departure from Men at Work in the mid-'80s, but he never quite managed to break out of cult status. He good-naturally resurfaced in sitcoms and videos of covers of Men at Work tunes, so he never totally disappeared from pop culture consciousness, but his albums appealed to an ever-more selective audience as he released them independently throughout the '90s. Released in the spring of 2007, Are You Lookin' at Me? is his ninth solo album, but there is a difference in his approach on this record. Here, he sounds relaxed, comfortable with his status as a cult singer/songwriter, so he's not trying to have hits or sound hip, he's simply lying back and writing songs that are wry, easy, and quite charming. There are some echoes of mortality that ring throughout this record -- from the title track, which looks back at his childhood, to passing references to death, or even his acknowledgement that he doesn't think there are better days to come on "Land of the Midnight Sun" -- but this is hardly a dour, depressive album. It's the opposite: it's warm and witty, tuneful and engaging. Even when he's mining a sad vein, he tempers it with his mildly cynical humor, which gives this a distinct lyrical world view, but what really sets Are You Lookin' at Me? apart from his other solo albums is that it gels as a singer/songwriter album. He's no longer trying too hard to be either commercial or introspective; he's letting his music flow easily, and supported by a very good road band, it makes for his best solo album to date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397445328
  • Catalog Number: 4453
  • Sales rank: 53,436

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Colin Hay Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Concertina, Drums, Vocals, Vox Organ
Larry Goldings Organ, Piano
Kiki Ebsen Keyboards
Lenny Castro Percussion
Eric Jorgensen Trombone
Cecilia Noel Piano, Kazoo, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Vocal Harmony
Lee Thornburg Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Alan Deremo Bass Guitar
Chad Fischer Percussion, Drums
Jeff Babko Organ, Piano, Trombone
Rob Clores Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Paul Inder Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Danny O'Donoghue Background Vocals
Kaveh Rastegar Bass Guitar
Charlie Paxson Percussion, Drums
Carlitos Del Puerto Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Dave Dale Composer
Colin Hay Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Randy LeRoy Mastering
Cecilia Noel Choir Arrangement
Chad Fischer Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Paul Inder Programming, Engineer, drum programming
Tony Bruno Composer, Programming
Edwardo McKinley Engineer
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