Millionaire

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Backed by a Copenhagen-based band he dubs the Danes, Kevin Welch rocks out a little more than usual on his fifth album, Millionaire. This unit has mastered the kind of rock shuffle for which the Rolling Stones are known; you get the feeling they could encore with a good version of "Honky Tonk Women." The arrangements make a good basis for Welch's songs, a typically high-quality collection of tunes that reflect on life and love. Welch's characters, who usually speak in the first person, are among life's losers, particularly the unhappy participant in the Witness Protection Program who narrates "Witness," but many of them are redeemed by love. Indeed, there are quite a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Backed by a Copenhagen-based band he dubs the Danes, Kevin Welch rocks out a little more than usual on his fifth album, Millionaire. This unit has mastered the kind of rock shuffle for which the Rolling Stones are known; you get the feeling they could encore with a good version of "Honky Tonk Women." The arrangements make a good basis for Welch's songs, a typically high-quality collection of tunes that reflect on life and love. Welch's characters, who usually speak in the first person, are among life's losers, particularly the unhappy participant in the Witness Protection Program who narrates "Witness," but many of them are redeemed by love. Indeed, there are quite a few outright love songs, including the title song, "Choose to Believe," and "I Can Sure Love You," with an excellent cover of Van Morrison's "Queen of the Slipstream" joining them. It's good there's so much true love, since life seems desperate without it, especially on "Killing Myself." These songs are more impressive than the symbolic ones, such as "Long Cold Train" and "The Sun King and the Winter Moon," but the band's performances make interesting listening even of tunes with somewhat muddled lyrics. Welch, meanwhile, is becoming a better and more expressive vocalist, which also helps put across his material. On earlier records, you yearned to hear what a real singer could do with his compositions, but on Millionaire he has come into his own as a performer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/2009
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397444222
  • Catalog Number: 4442
  • Sales rank: 89,340

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Millionaire - Kevin Welch & the Danes (4:00)
  2. 2 Blanket of Snow - Kevin Welch & the Danes (2:53)
  3. 3 Long Cold Train - Kevin Welch & the Danes (6:24)
  4. 4 Witness - Kevin Welch & the Danes (5:15)
  5. 5 Choose to Believe - Kevin Welch & the Danes (3:33)
  6. 6 Glorious Bounties - Kevin Welch & the Danes (3:29)
  7. 7 Killing Myself - Kevin Welch & the Danes (4:28)
  8. 8 The Sun King and the Winter Moon - Kevin Welch & the Danes (3:54)
  9. 9 I Can Sure Love You - Kevin Welch & the Danes (2:57)
  10. 10 Queen of the Slipstream - Kevin Welch & the Danes (4:17)
  11. 11 When the Sun Shines Down on Me - Kevin Welch & the Danes (4:00)
  12. 12 Stray Dog - Kevin Welch & the Danes (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin Welch Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Mando-Guitar
Kieran Kane Mandolin
Frank Marstokk Synthesizer, Drums, Maracas, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Moog Bass
Frederik Damsgaard Bass, Background Vocals, Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Charlie White Background Vocals
Emil Carlsson Violin
Frank Birch Pontoppidan Banjo, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Moog Bass, Guitar (Baritone)
Claudia Scott Background Vocals
Gustaf Ljunggren Synthesizer, Mandolin, Piano, Trumpet, Hammond Organ, Saxophone, Background Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar, Wurlitzer, Mini Moog, Mando-Guitar
Technical Credits
Kevin Welch Producer
Jan Eliasson Mastering
John Hadley Cover Painting
Frank Marstokk Producer
Frank Birch Pontoppidan Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kevin Welch hits it big with Millionaire

    I just bought the new Kevin Welch cd, Millionaire, and it is outstanding! If you like any kind of alt-country type stuff, you have to get this cd. I¿m a huge fan of Willie Nelson and Wilco, but this guy is just as good as them. Not only is it alt-country, but it has a real blues driven feel that is very catchy. This is definitely one for the collection and I encourage you, if you like this type of music, check it out! It¿s great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Choose To Believe" in Kevin Welch

    I just picked up Kevin Welch¿s new CD `Millionaire¿. I particularly like the title track, ¿Blanket of Snow¿, and his cover of Van Morrison¿s ¿Queen of the Slipstream¿. ¿Killing Myself¿ caught my attention with its bluesy dobro. There is a good mix of ballads and tight rockers. The Danes are a powerful backing band on ¿Choose To Believe¿, ¿I Can Sure Love You¿, and ¿Long Cold Train¿, and have a gentle touch on ¿The Sun King and the Winter Moon¿. The arrangements are very tasteful, but still break out with some searing guitar work. I would highly recommend this to any fan of singer-songwriter and Americana genres.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rockin' alt-country

    I just picked up the new Kevin Welch cd after seeing his video and it is fantastic. I love this alt-country scene that is coming out. It has a little bit of a blues edge mixed in with the roots of the alt country theme. So if you are a fan of this stuff go get his new music.

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