Burning in the Sun

Burning in the Sun

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by Blue Merle
     
 

Blue Merle's debut takes a couple listens to sink in, but even then, it just misses sinking in deep enough. The beautiful, earthy but driven sonic landscape of Burning in the Sun instantly lets the listener know this is something unique, even as familiar acts like Counting Crows, Toad the Wet…  See more details below

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Blue Merle's debut takes a couple listens to sink in, but even then, it just misses sinking in deep enough. The beautiful, earthy but driven sonic landscape of Burning in the Sun instantly lets the listener know this is something unique, even as familiar acts like Counting Crows, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and David Gray are coming to mind. Blue Merle share a lot with these poignant popsters -- wistful attitude, soft rock temperament, and that balance of weary and hopeful emotions -- but what separates them is their more mature, more rustic musicianship and their frontman, Luke Reynolds. As a lyricist, he relies on shards of thoughts, fuzzy memories, and impressionistic bits of prose that don't paint a clear picture. Combine this with the delivery of an unrestrained, fancy-free Adam Duritz and an exquisitely talented band -- an acoustic, front-porch version of Steely Dan -- and it sounds like a winner. The only problem is, Blue Merle are so impassioned and so impressionistic that Burning in the Sun feels like it's slipping through the listener's fingers at times. That doesn't mean it's a bad album, but there's a more solid, sober, and satisfying album somewhere underneath all this ardor. Tracks like "Places" and "Every Ship Must Sail Away" have their feet firmly planted on the ground, but elsewhere, things get dreamy to the point of "mood music" that works perfectly when you're feeling rather rainy-day, but is annoying when you aren't. Blue Merle sound spirited away by this unique sound they've created, and it makes one think that all the loose ends will be addressed on their next record. Here, they're a bit too in love with their filigree, but it's a heartfelt, genuine sound worth any acoustic rock fan's attention.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2005
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602498629307
catalogNumber:
000296102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Merle   Primary Artist
Susan Dench   Viola
Anne Lines   Cello
Ann Morfee   Violin
Leo Payne   Violin
Audrey Riley   Conductor
Juliet Snell   Violin
Janet Atkins   Viola
Joy Hawley   Cello
Peter Lale   Viola
Richard Bissell   French Horn
Harriet Davies   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Clare Thompson   Violin
Andrew Parker   Viola
Tim Lauer   Keyboards
Liz Partridge   Violin
Sophie Harris   Cello
Jason Oettel   Bass,Electric Bass,Upright Bass,Group Member
Beau Stapleton   Mandolin,Mandocaster,Guitar (Tenor),Group Member
Catherine Bradshaw   Viola
Billy Contreras   Fiddle,Soloist
Casey Driessen   Fiddle
Emma Welton   Violin
Helen Paterson   Violin
Jonathan Hill   Violin
Joan Attherton   Violin
William Ellis   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Djembe,Shaker,cowbell,Group Member
Luke Reynolds   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Mellotron,Soloist,Harmony,Piano (Upright),Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Billy Hawks   Viola
Christopher Tombling   Violin
William Ellis   Percussion,Drums
Jason Oettel   Bass Guitar
Andrew Fuller   Cello

Technical Credits

Jamie Hartford   Composer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Audrey Riley   Arranger
Stephen Van Dam   Engineer
Tim Lauer   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,overdub engineer,Loop
Stephen Harris   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Jason Oettel   Composer
Trip Faulconer   Engineer
Luke Reynolds   Composer
Andy West   Art Direction

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Burning in the Sun 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band sounds a lot like Coldplay, but uniquely different as well. This is one of the best I've heard in a very long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought at first I was hearing Chris Martin of Coldplay, but the more I listened I realized this album has its own feel, and I think it's really great, with room to grow on you the more you listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usually I don't like it when 2 singers sound too similar. But you can't have enough of a voice like Chris Martin's -- or in this case, Luke Reynold's. That voice, combined with the sweetest of all stringed instruments, the mandolin, is pure listening bliss. I can't wait to get my own CD. Hope Blue Merle keeps them coming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, it certainly would've been better if the frontman- and sometimes even the instrumentation - sounded less like a Coldplay knockoff. That said, it wasn't too bad...but the tracks do get a little hazy and blend together - the music is very atmospheric, almost mood music.