Hand Built by Robots

Hand Built by Robots

by Newton FaulknerNewton Faulkner


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Hand Built by Robots is the debut album by British singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner, who has been compared to many of his peers whom he supported on their U.K. tours, including James Morrison and Paolo Nutini. The intentions of the album are made clear on "Intro," 34 seconds of acoustic guitar picking, and as he moves into the album proper on the tracks "To the Light" and the first single to be released, "I Need Something," there is more of the same: pleasant songs with a minimum of backing. "All I Got" reminds one of Extreme's "More Than Words" and on the second single, "Dream Catch Me," there is much more meat on the bones of the song -- and this finally propelled him into the Top Ten for the first time. For just over a minute, one really is wafted away to an Indian restaurant on the mini track/interlude "Sitar-y Thing," and there are several of these short interludes scattered throughout the second half of the album, including "Face Her" and "She's Got the Time," which wouldn't sound out of place on one of Paul Simon's world record albums. A cover of the Massive Attack ethereal song "Teardrop" is stripped bare and translated to an acoustic version with none of the power of the original, but possibly more feeling. The album entered the charts at number three and, surprisingly, climbed to the very top several weeks later.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2008
Label: Tombstone Records
UPC: 4988017663134
catalogNumber: 24143
Rank: 201598


  1. Intro
  2. To the Light
  3. I Need Something
  4. All I Got (Everyone Is You)
  5. Dream Catch Me
  6. Feels Like Home
  7. Teardrop
  8. Gone in the Morning
  9. Sitar-Y Thing
  10. Uncomfortably Slow
  11. Straight Towards the Sun
  12. People Should Smile More
  13. She's Got the Time
  14. U.F.O.
  15. Face (Her)
  16. Ageing Superhero
  17. Lullaby

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Newton Faulkner   Primary Artist,Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Sitar,Vocals,Washboard
Mike Spencer   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Crispin Hunt   Guitar
Andy McKim   Keyboards,fender rhodes
Crispin Robinson   Percussion
Ross Hamilton   Bass
Ben Thomas   Bass,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Tommy Dunn   Viola
Adam Argyle   Acoustic Guitar
McKim Singers   Choir, Chorus
Matthew Truscott   Violin

Technical Credits

Elizabeth Fraser   Composer
Robert "3D" del Naja   Composer
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles   Composer
Mike Spencer   Programming,Producer
Crispin Hunt   Composer
Grantley Marshall   Composer
Andy McKim   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Steve Stacey   Art Direction
Newton Faulkner   Composer,Engineer
Adam Argyle   Composer

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