Tuesday, May 06, 2008

More Reviews for "Miles from Today"

Some great reviews I found in the Google today from some good people out there. Here is what they had to say about, "MILES FROM TODAY";

Here is a killer review from a blog magazine in Toronto. Thanks guys!

I don't take Scott Orr to be a God fearing man, so when he asks the man above for help on Don't Want To See That Again, you wonder if it's because that's all he's got left. He's been to the bottom of the bottle, through the heartache and instead of looking up in prayer for hope, it's more like the one desperate option he has left. The desolation of his aching words is matched with a spare electric guitar and lap steel arrangement and you feel every desperate grasp he makes, trying to hold on to whatever he has left.

Orr's new record is a collection of songs, but more so a collection of emotions. He doesn't force depression on you, as he offers glimpses of hope and nostalgia. There is probably no better feeling in life than the first moments of falling in love, and he paints that picture perfectly on Other Thoughts. Everything seems bigger, bolder and gives you the confidence to do anything; even if that love is more one-sided. He wrestles with insecurities on Wondergirl, as he starts doubting himself, thinking even his best gifts will never measure up.

Scott Orr is able to strip the grime and edge of his hometown of Hamilton, offering smooth, soulful tracks that really channel the emotions we all fight or embellish on a daily basis and offers them up over a pretty diverse amount of sounds. After the country tinges that start the record, the touching piano duet, Take Them Home, is quite shocking (but very beautiful and a sure hit for fans of Glen Hansard's work on the Once soundtrack). Tracks like the Dan Magnan-ish You Know What This Song Is About or the folky, string laced Old Enough stop the songs from blending, but for me it's the roots numbers that really show Orr finding his stride, benefiting from the steel or mandolin that fills up the space (like on the What a Way to Go).

This record, which probably hasn't been heard by too many people, is actually free for anyone willing to spend the time to listen. Orr made the decision that it's better to offer give it away and hope the public gives back. I'm getting less and less optimistic that people still do buy records after reading about them online - although we can confirm that Shane's review of The Human Soundtrack led to at least one sale - but throwing a few bucks in the tip jar for this one is more than deserved. Orr's tracks are beautiful and his words hit home with any listener. Isn’t that what we look for in music?

And here is one in French, from France, Oui?
Source: http://flouz.info/index.php

C'est après que Taiki m'ai conseillé Scott Orr que j'ai foncé sur son myspace et avec les yeux remplis d'étonnement que je m'attarde sur 'Download Now for Free'. Tout est donc dit, Scott Orr offre son album Miles From Today en direct download et totalement gratuitement sur son site.
Ses raisons: "Le plus grand défi auquel sont confrontés les artistes d'aujourd'hui n'est pas le piratage, c'est l'obscurité." Mais attention son implication ne s'arrête pas à ceci, puisqu'il est contre toute forme de production affirmant qu'il est le seul à pouvoir réellement capturer sa vision de la musique, il nomme celà le do-it-yourself method. Etant exactement dans le même état d'esprit que nos chers SpeechWriters LLC, il ne pouvait qu'en ressortir du bon de ce canadien.

Miles From Today est du pure folk avec une ambiance très intimiste, il n'y a pas de grands artifices d'instruments qui viennent cacher sa chaleureuse voix: c'est élégant.
On entend même un peu de country comme dans What A Away To Go. Alors comme point de comparaison pour les connaisseurs, je dirais qu'il se rapproche pas mal de Josh Ritter en un peu plus posé.

Je n'en dirais que du bien ! et comme s'il ne me plaisait encore pas assez, il se paye le luxe d'avoir un blog avec de très bonnes recommandations musicales (dont Priscilla Ahn ahh on commence à m'écouter !)

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