The Madding Crowd

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nine Days references Thomas Hardy in the title of its major-label debut, The Madding Crowd, but beyond the literary association the group is also making a point about its songs, which are embedded in modern life, not, as in Hardy, far from it. Co-leaders John Hampson he of the smoother voice and the somewhat perkier attitude and Brian Desveaux whose throaty singing usually expresses more desperate feelings have written an album's worth of songs about personal relationships that are often rocky, but always involved and involving. The "I" who is addressing a "you" most of the time frequently is trying to get back into her good graces, while admitting mistakes, though ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nine Days references Thomas Hardy in the title of its major-label debut, The Madding Crowd, but beyond the literary association the group is also making a point about its songs, which are embedded in modern life, not, as in Hardy, far from it. Co-leaders John Hampson he of the smoother voice and the somewhat perkier attitude and Brian Desveaux whose throaty singing usually expresses more desperate feelings have written an album's worth of songs about personal relationships that are often rocky, but always involved and involving. The "I" who is addressing a "you" most of the time frequently is trying to get back into her good graces, while admitting mistakes, though sometimes "you" isn't in such great shape, either. "If I Am," for example, begins with the line, "So you're standing on a ledge," but pledges, "I will not let you down," an assurance with a double meaning. You don't have to listen for the Hammond organ wail to realize that these guys have been influenced by Bob Dylan, and they erase any doubt in "Bob Dylan," for which they have received permission to sample excerpts from the master's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." But fans of more contemporary rock will be reminded more of Pearl Jam and They Might Be Giants, with the catchy "Absolutely Story of a Girl" suggesting Barenaked Ladies. The alternating and harmonizing voices of the two lead singers often are reminiscent of BoDeans, though the group's music is usually more complexly arranged. Hampson and Desveaux still need to work on their songwriting, which can get too wordy and occasionally trips over itself "If I Am," for example, employs the awkward line "Have in me a little faith" for the sake of a near-rhyme, just as their music can be a little dense at times. But The Madding Crowd is a promising debut by talented musicians who are headed in the right direction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074646363423
  • Catalog Number: 63634
  • Sales rank: 150,829

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So Far Away (3:56)
  2. 2 Absolutely (Story of a Girl) (3:09)
  3. 3 If I Am (4:18)
  4. 4 End up Alone (3:57)
  5. 5 Sometimes (5:14)
  6. 6 Bob Dylan (4:35)
  7. 7 257 Weeks (4:04)
  8. 8 Bitter (6:21)
  9. 9 Back to Me (4:00)
  10. 10 Crazy (4:14)
  11. 11 Revolve (3:54)
  12. 12 Wanna Be (6:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nine Days Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Nick DiMichino Bass
Jeremy Dean Organ, Piano, Keyboards
John Hampson Guitar, Vocals
Yi-Huan Zhao Violin
Marek Szpakiewicz Cello
Brian Desveaux Guitar, Vocals
Vincent Tattanelli Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Nick DiDia Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
David Russo String Arrangements
Karl Egsieker Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this cd!

    This ablum is great! My favorite songs are 'So Far Away', 'If I Am', 'The Story of Girl', 'Resolve'. I listen to it a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth every cent!

    This is one of the best CDs i've ever owned.You can listen to it over and over again and not get tired of it. I highly reccomend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Madding Crowd will rock any CD player

    Nine Days is deffinatly always blasting in my bedroom... I am totally serious when I say that EVERY SINGLE SONG on the album is totally awesome. My favorites are Bitter and So Far Away... as a matter of fact, Bitter is my all time favorite song. Nine Days is my favorite band and Madding Crowd is a perfect eample of terrific music! It deserves about 5,000 stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not all that...

    the album has some pretty good (too) soft rock music, but non of thesongs live up to the expactation created by story of a girl...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best new group!!!!

    Nine Days has to be the best new group out there! After seeing them live at a small venue and meeting the band I had to run out and buy the CD! All of the songs kept repeating in my head! It is also easy to relate to their songs! Their lyrics are catchy and fun to sing along with. Please go and buy their CD and if you have a chance go see them in concert, it is well worth the money! ''Bob Dylan'' is my personal favorite song on this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    - GREAT BAND -

    I first borrowed this cd from a friend because of ''Absolutely(Story of a girl).'' When I was listening to it, I liked every song. So I had to buy it. You are getting your money's worth if you buy this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely (Fabulous)

    Has the Sensational, totally underated song ''Absolutely (The Story of a Girl)'' and the other songs like ''I Am'' and ''So Far Away''. I'm a Rap fan, but these soft rockers brought me to buy there album and give it 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nine days rox

    this cd was amazing. 257 weeks and revolve are the best. definitely worth the $

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good modern rock band

    it's worth to buy, you will not thinking your money,If you like modern rock (just like third eye blind...)

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