Tom McRae

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I’ve been a fan of Tom McRae for three years, ever since “Just Like Blood” came out, and I was pleased as punch to hear of a new album coming out at the end of April. McRae has a signature voice and a real talent for putting phrases together — he can be melancholy by turns, but also has a pop sensibility. His music never sounds canned; it’s always sincere. Think of a pop, English, Rocky Votolato (though he doesn’t reach for those high-flying & often useless metaphors like Rocky).

On the whole, I don’t think “King of Cards” is as good as McRae’s third album, “All Maps Welcome,” but it’s quality fare. The subject matter ranges like it should, from “Houdini and the Girl” to “The Ballad of Amelia Earhart,” to “Got A Suitcase, Got Regrets.” McRae’s voice soars on “Bright Lights,” and the straight-up harmony on “Lord, How Long” is enough to make an American Idol contestant weep.

I recommend that you buy the album, and then that you rectify your ignorance, if you are ignorant, by purchasing “Maps,” and “Just Like Blood,” and “Karaoke Soul,” and if you’re hooked by then, and you will be, get his self-titled album. Do it! For your own good. I promise.

Tom McRae – Site | Myspace | Label (V2 UK)

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Tom McRae – Lord, How Long
Tom McRae – The Ballad of Amelia Earhart

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  1. Stefan’s avatar

    dear bon ton,

    could you maybe send me the “lord, how long” song?

    would be awesome, thank you!

    all the best from munich, germany,
    stefan

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