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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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: 2/15/2005
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498629307
  • Catalog Number: 000296102
  • Sales rank: 187,375

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Burning in the Sun (4:07)
  2. 2 If I Could (4:57)
  3. 3 Lucky to Know You (4:18)
  4. 4 Stay (3:41)
  5. 5 Every Ship Must Sail Away (4:25)
  6. 6 Boxcar Racer (3:27)
  7. 7 Made to Run (4:47)
  8. 8 Seeing Through You (5:16)
  9. 9 Places (4:45)
  10. 10 Part of Your History (4:03)
  11. 11 Either Way It Goes (4:44)
  12. 12 Bittersweet Memory (3:25)
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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
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, 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
Andy Parker Viola
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Burning in the Sun

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Start

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great New Band

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best of All Time

    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.

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