发行版本：Sellaband (YATRC 020-1)
专辑类型：folk / pop / guitar
发行时间：2008 Limited Ed.
LONDON-based singer songwriter Daniel Ward-Murphy is a testament to the idea that you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it, and are persistent.
Having built a name for himself on the live circuit, Daniel then set about recording and producing his debut album with the help of his fans.
Anxious for Daniel to record his debut album, they came together at www.sellaband.com to raise the necessary recording budget for him to enter the studio. Hence, with the backing of well over 900 “believers”, who invested a minimum of $10 (US dollars) each, Daniel raised the $50,000 budget required at sellaband.com to release his debut LP.
And the result is a strong collection of songs that have been put together with the assistance of acclaimed producer/engineer Tony Platt (Bob Marley, AC/DC) and a clutch of talented musicians, including Jennifer Delaney (vocals), Helen Twomey (violin), Milo Bird (cello) and Pravin Mukhi (drums).
So, what can newcomers expect from the LP? Well, if you like the style of artists such as Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, David Gray and, especially, Damien Rice, you may well find plenty to be impressed with.
Album opener She’s A Knockout is particularly good – boasting some impassioned lyrics, a nice set of boy-girl vocals with Delaney and an alluring combination of violin, cello and guitar.
My Beautiful Predicament and I Think I Made You Smile maintain the quality – the latter, especially, coming across as beautifully melancholy.
His rockier style is evident on the up-tempo The Queen Of Something New – a highlight – while Flame is one of the more instantly catchy, singalong efforts.
Sometimes, much like the songs of Rice and Adams, the subject matter and composition is a little too weighty (The Genius of Myra being a prime example), but on the whole, this is a strong debut LP that justifies the faith put in it by fans, and the hard work of Ward-Murphy and his team.
Indeed, the biggest compliment we can probably pay him is that, based on the overall quality of the songs on this LP, why didn’t the record companies put more faith in him in the first place?
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Original Release by Leffe.
01. She's A Knockout
02. My Beautiful Predicament
03. I Think I Made You Smile
04. The Queen Of Something New
05. The Sun Is In Your Eyes (Featuring Jennifer Delaney)
06. You Live Up In The Stars
08. The Geius Of Myra
09. In This Fair City (Featuring Jennifer Delaney)
10. Under The Wife
11. Ace Of Defiance
(Limited Edition Bonus Tracks)
12. Soldier's Song (Live)
13. The City Inside (live)
14. White Decay (Live)
15. I Think I Made You Smile (The Silence Remix)