The Philosophy Tree [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]by Ellie Lawson
Despite an initial push for her single "Gotta Get Up from Here" in late 2004, Atlantic Records declined to release Ellie Lawson's debut album, The Philosophy Tree. Shortly after being dropped by Atlantic, Lawson picked up the pieces and got herself an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' successful daytime talk show. Following that appearance, Barnes & Noble came to the rescue, arranging an exclusive release of the album through its retail stores, and in August 2005 Philosophy Tree finally appeared. And it's weird that Atlantic passed, because Lawson's debut is a dead ringer for Unwritten, the debut of similarly blonde, similarly British Natasha Bedingfield that blew up the U.K. charts. On Philosophy as on Unwritten, strong melodies and empowering lyrics guide programmed beats puttering lightly under strummed acoustic guitars, and samples and swirling string effects fill out the mix. For her part Lawson tries out some boho rapping on "Bigger Than You Ever Imagined," and "Why the Fighting" is urban-savvy, street-level pop. "Gotta Get Up from Here" really is a great single -- DJ Lethal's production meshes the organic and electronic sides ably as Lawson sings about a life crisis at 25 -- and "Down with You" blends R&B flavors with beguiling pop jangle. William Orbit also contributes to "Inside Out" and "LA," perhaps accounting for the latter sounding a lot like Beth Orton. All of this music is on a descending line from Alanis Morissette to Nelly Furtado to Dido. But that doesn't make it bad in the least. Lawson's The Philosophy Tree might be sort of calculated, but like Bedingfield, she has a vocal charm that's hard to fake.
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Performance CreditsEllie Lawson Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Jeff Phillips Bass,Guitar
Leor DiMant Keyboards
Oliver Goldstein Keyboards
Technical CreditsWilliam Orbit Composer
Franne Golde Composer
Bridget Benenate Composer
Matthew Gerrard Composer,Producer
Jeff Phillips Composer
Mark Rutherford Composer
Beth Orton Composer
Leor DiMant Composer,drum programming
Mark Obriski Art Direction
Ellie Lawson Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Concept
David Mantel Producer,Executive Producer
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I saw Ellie on the Ellen (Degeneres) show a few months back, and so when I saw the album in B&N the other day I thought I'd pick up a copy. It is really very very good. What with iTunes and iPods, i can't remember the last time I really got into an album, as a full thing-- but this is for real. Bit of advice. Buy it. Put it on repeat. Give your iShuffle a rest. Its got a good mix of styles and rhythms, and she can definetely sing. I really like the harmonies and lyrics too- very original. How the heck did Barnes & Noble get an exclusive on this?? well done!!
Ellie Lawson's album is full of pure wholesome songs that just make you want to keep listening to it. Its not like the usual albums that only the single is worth listening to..the entire album is SOLID! Definitely worth buying.
Ellie Lawson is one of those musicians who actually has talent - something that is rare in this age of overhyped studio pop. Ellie has an awesome voice which perfectly complements her amazing lyrics and wonderful music. Don't let this one slip by!
I downloaded the single Gotta get up from here in January and wondered what had happened to this artist. This is now my favourite album of 2005. It has everything that you need, inventive lyrics, sweet catchy melodies and all 12 songs are fantastic. Its addictive.
Just happened to be roaming around my local Barnes and Noble recently when I heard Ellie Lawson playing over head. I had to go into the music department and ask the person working what was playing. I wasn't even looking to by a CD that day. But I had to get this one. I bought it immediately and listened to it non-stop for an entire weekend. Ellie Lawson is in the same vein as Beth Orton, Anna Nalick, Toby Lightman, Sophie B. Hawkins. She reminded me a little of Alannis. She's got her own sound though. You won't be disappointed with this purchase. Get it while you can! I'm really suprised that Atlantic records wouldn't pick this up. I'm glad I found this gem!
I bought this c.d. only a few weeks ago and I am still listening to it repeatedly. The fresh style of music Ellie gives and the wonderful charm the album gives off will draw almost anyone to her. She sounds a lot like Alanis Morissette- but indeed has her own style as I said. Many of her songs are insanely catchy and many others are beautiful. Her voice is strong and many of her songs speak just as strong. Best songs- LA, Gotta Get Up From Here, Down With You, Open Up The Door, Bigger Than You Ever Imagined, Get What's Mine and Why The Fighting. The two I find the most beautiful are Never Be The Same and Inside Out- two of her strongest on here. People who want smart pop/ rock and some fresh talent needs to know Ellie Lawson.