Welcome to My Century

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Despite its imperfections and shortcomings, Bob Hillman's first album, Playing God, was a promising debut. That 1999 release meandered at times, and Hillman demonstrated that he could be overly self-indulgent. But overall, Playing God showed Hillman to be an interesting, clever storyteller. And the New York-based folk-rocker originally from California lives up to that CD's promise on his second album, Welcome to My Century; in fact, this disc is slightly more consistent than its predecessor. Like before, Hillman sings in a deadpan vocal style and brings a dry sense of humor to the table -- so dry that some listeners may not realize just how clever and insightful a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Despite its imperfections and shortcomings, Bob Hillman's first album, Playing God, was a promising debut. That 1999 release meandered at times, and Hillman demonstrated that he could be overly self-indulgent. But overall, Playing God showed Hillman to be an interesting, clever storyteller. And the New York-based folk-rocker originally from California lives up to that CD's promise on his second album, Welcome to My Century; in fact, this disc is slightly more consistent than its predecessor. Like before, Hillman sings in a deadpan vocal style and brings a dry sense of humor to the table -- so dry that some listeners may not realize just how clever and insightful a lyricist he can be. But Hillman's lyrics have a lot of meat on their bones. "Games" finds Hillman examining his own securities, while "Too Bad for You" has a good laugh at the expense of an ex-lover who is full of herself. And perhaps that ex-lover is the woman who Hillman is singing about on "Greenland," which describes that country's geography and icy climate and concludes that she is "twice as cold." But the CD's standpoint track is the brilliant "Bolted Down." This tune is about life in Hillman's adopted home of New York, a city that has been both praised and bashed mostly praised by songwriters -- the not-so-favorable odes to the Big Apple have ranged from Buck Owens' "I Wouldn't Live in New York City If They Gave Me the Whole Dang Town" to Fear's "New York's Alright if You Like Saxophones." Well, "Bolted Down" neither praises nor bashes New York; the song lampoons the neurotic, paranoid tendencies of some Big Apple residents but still gives the impression that Hillman generally likes his adopted home despite its problems. Overall, Hillman's sense of humor serves him well on this memorable sophomore effort.
Minor 7th
A purveyor of intimate, wry, and nakedly honest autobiographical pop songs cloaked in a folk-rock context, Hillman's second release is an engaging journey through the emotional highs and lows of human relationships and not-so-simple twists of fate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: BRAVE NEW WORLD
  • UPC: 616892174226
  • Catalog Number: 1742

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Welcome to My Century (2:47)
  2. 2 Valentine's Day (3:45)
  3. 3 Games (3:07)
  4. 4 Greenland (2:35)
  5. 5 The Latenight (3:39)
  6. 6 Movie Star (2:42)
  7. 7 I Need You (4:08)
  8. 8 Anywhere (2:43)
  9. 9 Las Vegas (4:25)
  10. 10 Too Bad for You (2:58)
  11. 11 Tolstoy (2:34)
  12. 12 Bolted Down (2:39)
  13. 13 Secret Masterpieces (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Hillman Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Tommy West Synthesizer, Vocal Harmony
Mark Bosch Electric Guitar
David Hamburger Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Sal Maida Bass
Brian Mitchell Organ
Dave Schramm Electric Guitar
Mary Wooten Cello
Billy Masters Electric Guitar
Dan Vonnegut Percussion, Drums
Lisa Burns Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Tommy West Producer, Engineer
Nick Blagona Mastering
Marianne Osiel Cello Arrangement
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