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Album: Amos Lee
# Song Title   Time
1)    Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight More Info... 0:03
2)    Seen It All Before More Info... 0:04
3)    Arms of a Woman More Info... 0:04
4)    Give It Up More Info... 0:02
5)    Dreamin' More Info... 0:03
6)    Soul Suckers More Info... 0:02
7)    Colours More Info... 0:02
8)    Bottom of the Barrel More Info... 0:02
9)    Black River More Info... 0:03
10)    Love in the Lies More Info... 0:03
11)    All My Friends More Info... 0:04
 

Album: Amos Lee
# Song Title   Time
1)    Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight More Info... 0:03
2)    Seen It All Before More Info... 0:04
3)    Arms of a Woman More Info... 0:04
4)    Give It Up More Info... 0:02
5)    Dreamin' More Info... 0:03
6)    Soul Suckers More Info... 0:02
7)    Colours More Info... 0:02
8)    Bottom of the Barrel More Info... 0:02
9)    Black River More Info... 0:03
10)    Love in the Lies More Info... 0:03
11)    All My Friends More Info... 0:04
 
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Tracks

1. Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight

2. Seen It All Before

3. Arms Of A Woman

4. Give It Up

5. Dreamin'

6. Soul Suckers

7. Colors

8. Bottom Of The Barrel

9. Black River

10. Lies Of A Lonely Friend

11. All My Friends

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Amos Lee (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Amos Lee; Adam Levy (guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Alexandra Leem, H.S. Alexandra Leem (viola); Norah Jones (piano, Wurlitzer piano, Wurlitzer organ, background vocals); Devin Greenwood (Wurlitzer piano, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ, background vocals); Lee Alexander (bass guitar, drums, drum); Chris Thomas , Jaron Olevsky (bass guitar); James Gadson (drums, background vocals); Zara Bode (background vocals); Kevin Breit (acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, mandolin); Nate Skiltes (mandolin); Larry Gold (cello); Fred Berman (drums, background vocals); Dan Rieser (drums).
  • Audio Mixers: Danny Kopelson; Lee Alexander .
  • Recording information: The Magic Shop, New York, NY (07/2004).
  • Photographer: Denise Guerin.
  • There's no denying that Norah Jones's name is thrown around a lot regarding her labelmate Amos Lee's Blue Note debut. Lee gained renown through touring with her, and Jones and her band are heard lending a hand on the album. Other than a tendency to keep things on the quiet side, though, the comparisons pretty much stop there. Where Jones's piano-based music draws heavily from her love of jazz standards, Lee is another story altogether. His combination of low-key folk-rock and old-school R&B positions him as something of a Bill Withers for the 21st century. Indeed, his silky/soulful voice and emotive, acoustic-guitar-based songs reveal a strong Withers influence, something all too rare in contemporary pop music, R&B or otherwise. Tracks such as "Arms of a Woman" reveal Lee to be a dyed-in-the-wool romantic, but "Bottom of the Barrel" and others indicate his ability to step outside of love-song tropes for a well-rounded songwriting approach.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 - "His mix of acoustic guitar and R&B-bred singing is more reminiscent of Bill Withers or Tracy Chapman."

Entertainment Weekly (No. 809, p.73) - "[T]his Philly troubadour crafts concise, soulful songs with a warm palette of acoustic colors..." - Grade: B+

Uncut (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 - "He's got a sly easy-on-the-ear voice that lies somewhere between Seal and James Taylor..."

Vibe (p.168) - "[S]tout in musicianship yet delicate in tone."

Dirty Linen (p.61) - "He utilizes his falsetto quivering voice in a very effective manner and will sometimes go into a scat style that has tinges of a jazz singer's delivery."
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