A Solitary Man

A Solitary Man

by Jonathan Jeremiah


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With the likes of Rumer, Nerina Pallot, and even Ronan Keating bringing orchestral '60s pop back into fashion, singer/songwriter Jonathan Jeremiah's debut album, A Solitary Man, couldn't have been timed any better. Indeed, the London-born vocalist may cite the likes of Nick Drake, John Martyn, and Cat Stevens as his main influences, but while its 11 tracks are undoubtedly steeped in the sounds of the late '60s/early '70s, it's the timeless lounge-pop of Burt Bacharach that draws the closest comparison. Making full use of his impressive array of guest musicians (the Heritage Orchestra, James Brown's brass section the J.B.'s, Roots drummer ?uestlove), the likes of opening track "If You Only," the ironically titled "Happiness," and the gorgeous "Lost" are all drenched in the kind of warm layers of strings, gentle horns, and shuffling brushed percussion that defined the songwriting legend's heyday, while Jeremiah's deep gritty baritone is the perfect foil for the sweet soulful melodies and contrasting tales of relationship woes. The barroom blues of closing track "All the Man That I'll Ever Be" (written at the last minute after his girlfriend became upset that there wasn't a song dedicated to her), the pastoral folk of the title track, and the soothing fingerpicking acoustics of "How Half-Heartedly We Believe" show glimpses of the serious singer/songwriter vibes hinted at through his choice of musical idols. But the album works best when it's in full-on lounge lizard mode, particularly the swaggering soul-blues of "Heart of Stone," which wouldn't sound out of place on a Vegas-era Tom Jones set list, and the big-band swing of "See (It Doesn't Bother Me)." A big voice on young shoulders, A Solitary Man's occasional shifts in direction suggests Jeremiah hasn't quite yet figured out exactly what to do with it. But in a scene littered with ten-a-penny acoustic troubadours, he would be wise to stick with its more charming and prevalent multi-layered sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2011
Label: Island Uk
UPC: 0602527127057
catalogNumber: 2712705
Rank: 241585

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Performance Credits

Jonathan Jeremiah   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Pee Wee Ellis   Saxophone
Billy Skinner   Drums
Bernard Butler   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Nat Jones   Violin
David Preston   Electric Guitar
Patrick Roberts   Violin
Fred Wesley   Trombone
Tom Richards   Saxophone
Amy Wilson   Viola
Gary Winters   Trumpet
Makoto Sakamoto   Drums
Jonathan Cottle   Cello
Graeme Flowers   Trumpet
Kate Marsden   Violin
Ruston Pomeroy   Violin
Gavin Broom   Trumpet
Tim Smart   Trombone
Heritage Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jennymay Logan   Violin
Greg Foat   Piano
Tim Anderson   French Horn
Tom Mason   Bass
Ben Lee   Violin
Rhian Porter   Cello
Sarah Chapman   Viola
Sam Bullard   Clarinet
Jules Buckley   Conductor
Amy Stanford   Viola
Juliet Lee   Violin
Chris Kelly   Double Bass
Alan Hardiman   Trombone
Oliver Langford   Viola
Marianne Haynes   Violin
Sam Aylward   Violin
Penny Ainscow   Violin
Nozomi Cohen   Viola
Nicki Davenport   Double Bass
Kit Massey   Violin
Ben Trigg   Cello
Lucy Railton   Cello
Joe Zeitlin   Cello
George Philips   Saxophone
Emilie Hornlund   Viola
Rosie Tompsett   Violin
Katharina Scheld   Violin
Jossy Lightfoot   French Horn
Hannah Ashenden   Cello
Daniel Davies   Bass
Anna Smith   Viola
Amy Greenhalgh   Violin
Alistair Mitchell   Violin
Tony Coote   Drums
Steve Watts   Piano
Poppy Walshaw   Cello
Tom Skinner   Drums

Technical Credits

Bernard Butler   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Danton Supple   Vocal Engineer
Andrew Sherriff   Engineer
Jimmy Hogarth   Composer
Desmond Lambert   Engineer
Antonio Feola   Engineer
Jonathan Jeremiah   Composer,Producer
Jules Buckley   Arranger,Orchestration

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