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Colin Hay — Fierce Mercy

Colin Hay — Fierce Mercy (March 3rd, 2017)

             Colin Hay — Fierce Mercy (March 3rd, 2017) Colin Hay — Fierce Mercy (March 3rd, 2017)↔★••→   “Hay’s voice could still stop traffic on Saltcoats High Street and the show in an exhilarating blast of moreish music and great laughs. Yes, we get Down Under, but you have never heard it played like this. And you want to.” — The Scotsman
↔★••→   FIERCE MERCY is a lovely, heartfelt album that will stand the test of time. If you stopped listening after the CARGO album, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do!Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.Birth name: Colin James Hay
Born: 29 June 1953, Saltcoats, Scotland, United Kingdom
Origin: Australia
Genres: Rock, pop rock, new wave, acoustic, country
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, banjo, lap steel
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Album release: March 3rd, 2017
Record Label: Compass Records
Duration:     51:08
Tracks:
01. Come Tumblin’ Down     4:00
02. Secret Love     3:57
03. A Thousand Million Reasons     3:36
04. The Best in Me     3:53
05. Frozen Fields of Snow     3:54
06. The Last to Know     3:43
07. I’m Going to Get You Stoned     4:30
08. I’m Walking Here (feat. Deploi and Swift) & Colin Hay     4:04
09. Two Friends     4:21
10. She Was the Love of Mine     3:47
11. I’m Inside Outside In (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)     3:08
12. Blue Bay Moon (D.E. Bonus Track)     4:47
13. Love Don’t Mean Enough (D.E. Bonus Track)     3:28
℗ 2017 Compass Records
About:
►   FIERCE MERCY is an epic, cinematic step forward from singer~songwriter Colin Hay, most beloved for his intimate, confessional live shows but most widely known for being an influential and celebrated frontman. The range of artists who have chosen to cite him as a muse or who have found themselves on stage with him in the past year spans the genre landscape from heavy metal, to Americana, to Cuban rhythms and beyond. His inclusion as a playlist favorite from the likes of Metallica to The Lumineers reflects his continuing relevance and broad appeal.
►   Recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville and mixed by Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White) and Gordon Hammond (Buddy Miller, Don Williams), FIERCE MERCY explores themes of love and loss, mortality, and even the odd UFO sighting, but always with the singular perspective and insightful wit that define Hay’s work. He has created a new classic in his impressive repertoire (this is his 13th solo release), using a palette of pop songcraft, Americana flourishes, and soundtrack~ready strings. FIERCE MERCY is animated by its pensive, honest, and impassioned lyrics, and, Hay adds, by a sense of urgency felt deeply in the song “The Last to Know,” which introduces the album’s title concept of “fierce mercy.” Guest musicians include guitarists Audley Freed (Sheryl Crow, the Black Crowes, the Dixie Chicks) and Doug Lancio (John Hiatt), pedal steel guitarist and organist Jim Hoke (Iris Dement, Don Henley, Darius Rucker), Compass co~founder Alison Brown (banjo), bassist Yosmel Montejo, drummer Charlie Paxson, keyboardists Fred Kron and Jeff Babko, vocalist Cecilia Noël, and guitarist/tres player San Miguel Perez.
►   Though many music fans will be glad to see the end of 2016, it was something of a breakout year for this career artist that included a three~week run at the Edinburgh Fringe; performances on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and ABC’s Greatest Hits; sharing the stage with Of Monsters and Men, Milk Carton Kids, Choir Choir Choir!, Kings of Leon; being publicly cited as an influence by artists as distinct as James Hetfield of Metallica, Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers, Troy Sanders of Mastodon, and The Infamous Stringdusters; as well as the completion of a documentary film about his career entitled Waiting for My Real Life, named for one of his best known solo recordings. Now finding himself in the unprecedented place of having both ‘80s fame and indie credibility, it’s possible that Hay has delivered the defining album of his solo career.Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.Review
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Score: ****
►   Being a working songwriter suits Colin Hay. Arriving in early 2017, just two years after its predecessor Next Year People, Fierce Mercy bears many familiar traits from Hay’s albums of the 21st century — it’s mellow yet wry, mellifluous with a bit of grit — but it feels fuller and richer than its immediate predecessors. Hay handles the production on his own this time, and he’s given himself a bigger, bolder palette, a shift that’s evident from the opener “Come Tumblin’ Down.” Lively and bright, “Come Tumblin’ Down” sets the tone for Fierce Mercy. While Hay certainly indulges in moments of quiet contemplation — “Two Friends” is gentle and rustic, “A Thousand Million Reasons” offers a shimmering electronic balm, and “The Best in Me” is a signature, ambling, friendly pop tune Fierce Mercy is distinguished by the moments when Hay aims slightly for left of center. “Secret Love” rings out like a muted Phil Spector production,” “Frozen Fields of Snow” rolls along with echoes of late~’60s progressive folk, and “I’m Going to Get You Stoned” has a soulful undercurrent that underpins a nice tale of a generational divide. This narrative could’ve fit on previous Hay albums, but what’s appealing about “I’m Going to Get You Stoned” in specific, and Fierce Mercy overall, is how it’s bathed in rich, vivid colors — and that expanded sonic range makes this record a cut above Hay’s reliably pleasurable offerings.
Solo discography:
↔★••→   Looking for Jack (1987)
↔★••→   Wayfaring Sons (1990)
↔★••→   Peaks & Valleys (1992)
↔★••→   Topanga (1994)
↔★••→   Transcendental Highway (1998)
↔★••→   Going Somewhere (2000)
↔★••→   Company of Strangers (2002)
↔★••→   Man @ Work (2003)
↔★••→   Are You Lookin’ at Me? (2007)
↔★••→   American Sunshine (2009)
↔★••→   Gathering Mercury (2011)
↔★••→   Next Year People (2015)
↔★••→   Fierce Mercy (2017)
Website: http://www.colinhay.com/
Store: https://store.compassrecords.com/
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Colin Hay — Fierce Mercy

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