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White Light

Gene Clark

1971

White Light

Album Summary

White Light, aka Gene Clark, is the second solo album by Gene Clark, former member of The Byrds. It only achieved commercial success in the Netherlands, where rock critics also voted it album of the year. Like all of his post-Byrds records, it did very poorly on the US charts. In June 2018, independent reissue label Intervention Records released White Light on vinyl and as a hybrid CD/SACD.

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Rating

2.89

Votes

4631

Genres

  • Country
  • Pop
  • Folk
  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Wed Apr 28 2021
1

Maybe artists were less ridiculed back then for covering on the nose material, but that Dylan cover of Tears of Rage halfway through thiss one reminds me of Westlife's Barry Mannilow cover in 2003 - erroneou for being both the best and worst choice. Yes Gene, the song suits you because it's what you're entire sound is cadged from. No Gene, you shouldn't cover it because it mostly highlights your limitations in comparison. Started well, though, and ended even better when he just kinda stopped the song, put down his instruments and called it a day. Love that. No surprise about any of this as I generally find The Byrds unconvincing even when I like them, so one member's solo plight for authentic folksiness was unlikely to score well in my book.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Don't really have much to say about this one other than I found it fairly boring overall.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Je vais tenter en moins de cinquante lignes de vous prouver que Gene Clark est une ordure. Regardez d'abord son nom, et plus particulièrement sa première particule: Gene. Vous ne remarquez rien ? Laissez-moi vous expliquer. Au moment de choisir un nom de scène, Gene Clark sortit sa carte d'identité de son portefeuille. "Harold Eugene Clark" était-il écrit sur son recto. "Vais-je choisir mon magnifique prénom pour former la première partie de mon nom d'artiste, ou vais-je plutôt choisir le deuxième qui est objectivement dégueulasse ?" Et c'est ainsi que Harold Eugene Clark devint Eugene Clark, plus tard abrégé en Gene Clark puis Gêne Clark, avant d'être rebaptisé La Merde par son rival Cat Stevens. Parlons ensuite de la chanson Ship of the Lord. Je vous rappelle ci-dessous l'échange entre Gene et son producteur Jim Doors Morrison: - Un, deux... - *Musique*. Je suis désolé. - Un, deux. Un, deux, trois... - *Musique* - Ça va pas du tout. Un, deux... - *Musique* - Eh dis donc Gene tu te foutrais pas un peu de notre gueule ? - Pardon, je ne suis pas dans mon état normal... - Qu'est-ce que t'as ? - Rien... c'est simplement que... Cat Stevens détient ma femme et mes enfants dans une caravane non climatisée à l'extérieur de la ville... - T'as pas un peu fini de chouiner Roldah Clark ? - Tu as raison, on reprend. - One, two... - *Musique: Ma feeemme et mes enfaaants sont les hotaaages de Cat Ste-vens, Cat Steeee-vens, Cat Steveeeeeens... * L'échange est évidemment plus long mais vous avez là l'essentiel.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

La révélation de ces NRJ Music Awards faisait son retour en ce mercredi matin, malheureusement il n'a pas su répondre aux attentes placées en lui. La comparaison avec Jeremy Menez est dès lors inévitable.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

Reminds me of a country James Taylor, just kind of folk music with a harmonica

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

“White Light” by Gene Clark (1971) Never heard this album. This was one that I missed when I was young. I never knew of Gene Clark by name, but his association with The Byrds, as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Bob Dylan puts him very good company. As I approach this album, my expectations are high. The highlight of this album is in the lyrics. As a songwriter, Gene Clark utilizes simple melodies to carry elaborate lyrics, like a Bob Dylan or Gordon Lightfoot. But Clark’s poetics are flawed. There is too great a reliance on the device of placing the object before the verb and subject. For poets, this a device sometimes used to maintain the rhyme and meter. But Clark doesn’t use a strict rhyme or meter structure anyway, so it comes off as pretentious and distracting. On the opening track “The Virgin”, we get a story with no ending. On the title track “White Light”, we get an elaborate and thoughtful depiction of an imaginary scene, but without coherent meaning. Clark fails to tie it together. He’s trying to channel Dylan. He’s no Dylan. I thought the lyrics to “Tears of Rage” were better, then I found out that unlike the rest of the songs on this album, these lyrics were written by—Bob Dylan. Musically, the settings are so very plain. Country folk rock three chord monotony. No innovation. Simple to the point of lacking depth and passion. I wish he’d put down the harmonica. Clark’s voice is timid. He struggles to find the notes, high and low. Melody on “Because of You” has the curious ending to each verse on the fifth—not resolving to the tonic until a repeat of the last line of the song. That doesn’t count as innovation. That’s just weird. A melodic doodle. Yawn. I’m glad I heard this album before I die. It reassures me that some of the music I missed when I was young was actually worth missing. 2/5

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Fri May 21 2021
1

Ugh. James Taylor from Wish. Nothing redeeming or captivating about this at all. Lyrics are entirely forgettable, that is when the singing isn't too mumbly to even understand them. Singing is completely lacking in energy and monotonous. Music is basic and boring throughout, save for some harmonica flourishes. And thanks to spotify for the bonus tracks... We get an alternate (?) version of a song that I couldn't stand the first time, and a dreadful cover of stand by me. I have no idea why this album is on this list.

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Tue May 11 2021
1

Like a boring Bruce Springsteen

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Tue Oct 13 2020
5

Enjoyed immensely. Just the subtle, calm feeling of the moods and lyrics warmed me over pretty well.

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Sun May 23 2021
5

First time listening: 9/9 songs like Oh yeah, this is such a relaxing album all the way through. I have a thing for simple, genuine, music writing, and this is definitely it. Definitely should have gotten more steam with all the folk greats

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Masterpiece!

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Really liked this album

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

I really enjoyed this, quite the easy listen,

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Another solid effort from ya man Gene Clark. I know who he is now... decent!

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Thu Oct 22 2020
4

Nicely understated and under appreciated. Soft and lovely, the album can sound a bit the same at first, but the songs quickly grow on you and become your favorites.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Quite nice folk/country mix. Enjoyed "Because of you"

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Do you want a hug, Gene? Really gorgeous and open country-rock. Winter In is superb.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

I had never heard this before. Some tracks that were covers ( maybe he did the original?) Can hear his influence in Springsteen

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

This album has more of a country sound to my ears, but Wikipedia says it’s a rock album. Either way, I like it. I don’t know that I’d necessarily look up more by this artist, but I did enjoy this album. It was good music for chilling.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Harmonica, good old country

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

While admittedly not the most exciting album, I'm a big fan of the Byrds and their members' solo work. Loved it.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

just some real nice folk music. Gene White - founding member of The Byrds

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

Pretty good singer-songwriter fare

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Gene Clark is good

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

smooth

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

Always grateful to get recommended more country music, as I don't know the genre all that well and being exposed to the best can allow me to garner a greater appreciation. Sounds a bit like Dylan at some points but is nowhere near as grating. It's a sweet and mellow album, as the warm sounds of Clark's voice and guitar float through my ears. I wish it had a bit more substance though. Nothing wrong with a simple album, it just ends up not being wholly remarkable or memorable for individual moments. Still rocks near the end though and I can always get down with a barn-burner! Thanks for the music, Gene.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Surprised me, quite liked it.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Folk de guitarras clásicas, mejora cuando se inclina más hacia el pop. Tranquilísimo y bello.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Great melodies, perfect for driving

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Beautiful, easy listening.

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Great folk songs even though this is not my favorite thing.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Laid back, mellow vocal

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

Mile zaskoczenie, bo od tej strony nie znalem jeszcze glownego teksciarza byrdsow, pana Gene, ktory na swojej drugiej solowej plycie dotitnie pokazuje, ze mial on lwia czesc zaslug jesli chodzi o sukces bandy, bo zazwyczaj jak sie mysli o byrdasch, to na mysl przychodzi Crosby i jego gitarkowanie, McGuinn jako glowny wokalista, ale rozbudowane lirycznie teksty utrzymane w psychodeliczno folkowym klimacie, to jednak w wiekszosci zasluga Clarka, no i nie mozna zapomniec o harpie, ale co do samego albumu white light, nagrany w 71 z czlonkami latajacych braci burritosowych i bandy stefka mlynarza, material jest dosc krotki, bo tylko 35 minut na 9 kawalkow z czego wiekszosc to kompozycje orginalne clarka, jedynie tears of rage dylana jest tutaj coverem, na plycie dominuja proste kompozycje oparte na dwoch gitarkach i harpie, zarowno gitarka i harpa operuje pan Gene, no i oczywiscie jest on glosem plyty, bo to przeciez jego material, urzeklo mnie podczas odsluchu jak album progresuje swoje brzmienie, pierwsze traki same gitarki i harpa, co przywodzi na mysl styl country z folkowymi wokalami, dochodza kolejne instrumenty, tutaj bongosy, tam drumsy, kolejne organy, elektryk, klawisze, w wyniku czego juz przy tears of rage i konczacym plyte 1975 czuje sie jakbym sluchal klasycznego rokowego materialu, folkowe brzmienie w ciagu 30 minut zupelnie ewoluowalo, a obie czesci plyty slucha sie rownie dobrze, to dopiero sztuka, a sztuczki mozna szukac w solidnych tekstach, ktorym najblizej do wspomnianego juz dylana czy neila younga i jego folkowego okresu, niestety nie dodam nic na plejke, bo spotifaj nie posiada w swej biblitoece akurat tego albumu, ktory widocznie nie sprzedal sie zbyt dobrze, jak zreszta cala solowa tworczosc Clarka, a wielka szkoda, ze taki artysta jest znany tylko jako czlonek byrdsow

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

Kon mij zeker smaken. Lekker rustig, heb er zelf een dutje bij gedaan

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

I rather enjoyed this album. Mellow and folky.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

I love beautiful, sad songs and this album is chock full of them. Really good stuff. This could become a 5 star album for me after listening about 10 times, but for now I'll give it 4 stars.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Dylan-esque folk rock. This is a sound/style I enjoy. This kind of music always feels so classic to me, kind of like coming home I guess. Maybe not the most groundbreaking album. I listened to this over two days. The first day it wasn't really clicking with me but the second day I quite enjoyed it. 1975 in particular was really great. Probably more like a 3.5 for me.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Nice country album

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

I liked it enough to listen to it twice, but there was nothing that jumped out at me particularly, though Stand By Me was recognizable

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

a tough collection of songs - Dylan/Manuel's "Tears of Rage" is the pick of the bunch - but Gene Clark sings them all with great depth.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

I quite like actually its like a more country version of old Harrison

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

I get annoyed when Clark is listed among the great songwriters; to me, he's a tier or two below that. That doesn't mean he's a bad songwriter, though, and there's some good stuff here, even if it is a bit mellow and same-y. Best track: For a Spanish Guitar

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Ngl this is amazing, I like this

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

I don't know man. This feels like a pretty run of the mill decent album for me. The writing is solid, and dude is hitting licks with that harmonica.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

I'm not a big fan of country music, but it was great as a background to my working hours. There is something in country music that is triggering me all the time, but in this one there wasn't.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Chilled well crafted songs. Nothing mind-blowing but I enjoyed most of them.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Хороший альбом. Светлый, добротный. Напомнил сольный альбом Джорджа Харрисона.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

yoo this slapped

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Sun Jun 12 2022
4

pretty good, had some enjoyable parts but far from perfect 8/10

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Massa massa Rockzao da antiga

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

easy listening

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

la jungla de cristal bebe

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Country, folk, 1971. Very good record full of great songs and a really well played cover of "Stand By Me". The mood is calm but sometimes melancholic and the tracklist is clever and interesting. After all the project is really solid.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

I have a soft spot for Gene Clark and sadly he's career really never took off the way that it should. I seem to disagree with with which albums are selected by artists for this list. this album is good but No other and Roadmaster are much better. Also the extra songs on the current release are not very good and take away from the original release.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Relaxing.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

enjoyed it

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

nice

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

Quite enjoyable. Early country rock

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

folky and very nice. 4 stars.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

A lovely album similar to David Crosby (also a former band member of The Byrds) and his album “If only I could remember my name”. Both highly rated albums!

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Nice light album Nothing special IMO but easy to listen to

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Quite nice actually. Great to listen on a ferry.

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Wed Sep 23 2020
3

Found it to be okay listening, not much groundbreaking here, nice Stand by Me cover

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Good! Reminded me of Bob Dylan a little

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Calming country tones

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

lovely

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

It's a folk thing. It's fine. I have no feelings on it.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Hadn't heard anything by Gene Clark prior to this; not even very familiar with The Byrds outside of their big hits. I thought there was a lot of beautiful stuff on this album and fairly engaging musically for a singer/songwriter-centric work. I really liked his version of "Tears of Rage"; lots of other standout songs including "The Virgin" and "For A Spanish Guitar".

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

THIS ONE was neil young vibes

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

It’s fine. A bit rambling but completely inoffensive. I’d throw it on in the background.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Not my style but I can see how it's good

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Decent folk album. Definitely an oldie so I don’t really sway towards it but it was good background music. Lean on me is the track that stands out.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Gene Clark was a member of the Byrds. This is his second solo album. It did really badly in the US, but was voted album of the year (!) in the Netherlands.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Solid 70s soft rock

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Pleasant and rambling country rock. A little like a more churchy Townes Van Zandt, albeit the songwriting isn't up to that quality (then again, who's is?). I didn't mind this, an amiable companion to a wet weekend but hardly setting the world alight.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Nice collection of songs, will definitely listen again

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

Nice vibes.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

that stereotypical (in my mind) seventies artist. Gave me that Bob Dylan / Paul Simon feel. But, just nothing there for me to say "I gotta hear me more Gene Clark" so I give it three acoustic coffee house jam sessions.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Didn’t hate it, didn’t love it, I would get on an elevator if it was playing so there’s that

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Were it not for this App I would've never listened to this LP. I had to google his name to learn he was from the Byrds. Even then, while I knew there was a band that spells Birds with a "y", aside from Eight Miles High and their covers of Mr. T Man and Turn Turn Turn I really don't know them. I suppose that Crosby was the only legacy Byrd to become a household name (Perhaps Gram Parsons also is; I suppose it depends on your household) White Light is a very enjoyable listen. I was well into the album and fully expecting not to recognize any of the songs and then his cover of Stand By Me pleasantly surprised me. Gene is very talented. It's a shame the vast majority will never hear it.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

A hidden gem. This is real 70s singer/songwriter though it was a commercial flop. Country/folk melancholy. Best Tracks: The Virgin, With Tomorrow, Tears of Rage

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Nice and mellow man :)

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Country rock - upbeat

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Solid artist, james taylor type sound. Ok songs

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Great voice, but very uninteresting music unfortunately.

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Sun May 23 2021
3

Very mellow and Nice

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

2nd - 5th July 2021 Started listening at home but due to the wedding and coopy and jevans coming to stay it was finished in London on the Monday. I loved the first Gene Clark album I was given on here and I really liked this one too. He's a wonderful songwriter in the vein of Dylan and while his musical technicality is sometimes lacking his voice and the songs more than make up for it.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Interessante. Tem um cover bom de Stand by Me (outro cover presente no álbum é "Tears of Rage", escrita por Bob Dylan para The Band. Álbum curto, apenas 34:58.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Can't say I've ever heard of Gene Clark, but it was a pleasant enough early 70s sound.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

This sounds like the type of music dad likes. It's not necessarily my thing, but it reminds me of him.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
3

I really enjoyed this. For A Spanish Guitar was a particular favourite! The remastered edition on Apple Music went on a bit long, but overall it was enjoyable and may find its way in the collection eventually!

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Not really my cup of tea but all songs were quite relaxing

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Fri May 07 2021
3

All songs kind of sounded the same, I like more diversity. Still a good album and super chill. Listened to it while doing math homework

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Sat Jun 05 2021
3

Great songwriting and guitar on this record. A lot of modern country influences can be heard in the riffs and structure of these songs. I'm a sucker for some good harmonica too, which this is loaded with. For something better though, I would just stick with Bob Dylan.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Not bad very of its time

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Pleasant enough but unremarkable. 3*

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

gene clark en gene vette! Nene jokeske mooi rustig album maar gaf me niets speciaals, ik heb al vaker zo een albums beluisterd. MAAAR die where my love lies asleep hits me hard

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

3,7 Vibe mcvibing. Ja geniet hier wel Van hoor. Where my love lies asleep 😴

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Lugn country

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Lovely album worthy of more listens before I die 3.5 🌟

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Great album Added to my "country chill" playlist.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

Sort of Grateful-Deadish, smooth tunes.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
3

The songs sounds all too similar, nothing really stands out. Decent country-esque but not more

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Sun Sep 19 2021
3

Good for the background but overall very average writing, trying hard to be Dylan like.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
3

Good songs

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Un disc de folk rock intimista, crepuscular com la portada. Meritori, però res espectacular. Entenc l'aura que sembla ha envoltat a l'artista des dels dies de The Byrds, però el disc està molt lluny del que jo calificaria com a "essencial", certament

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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

Buen disco, cultura general

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Eh, this didn't grab me even after 3 listens. I had Gene Clark's "No Other" a week or two ago and that was great, but nothing from "White Light" is really making an impact. Fave track - "1975" maybe? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

OK se era bob dylan non mi sarei quasi accorto della differenza, pero' limite mio ammetto un po' tutto uguale sto folk dai

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Folk estadounidense. Ni fu ni fa.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Pretty guitar lines, good lyrics

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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

6/10

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

At its best it kind of feels like a Neil Young album, but even then it just makes me want to go listen to Neil Young because I would have a better time.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

A delightful folky journey

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Gene Clark sounds like a less nasally bob Dylan which is fine, but the music as a whole wasn’t as good as Dylan’s peak folk music. Still easy listening tho even if it felt long and sorta repetitive. Fav: tears of rage

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

fine but gets a bit samey

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

I have never heard of Gene Clark, nor this album, so I'm going into this completely green. With Tomorrow is making me sad. I hated that first song, but track 2 and the more upbeat track 3 (white light) is making me warm up to it. Not a fan of track 5. Tracks 2-4 were solid though. This reminds me so much of James Taylor. I like For A Spanish Guitar. Not a fan of 1975, and I'm ​soooo not a fan of Stand By Me covers. Meh. I like Ship Of The Lord. Overall, I think this one was okay. Fairly mellow, good for background listening. A couple of tracks made me the good kind of sad.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Good tunes but a bit long and dry

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

kinda neat

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Pretty wonderful country album. Never heard of gene clark, but his singing and the lyricism are great. The couple covers are a neat spin. The ranging instrumentals gives this album an enjoyable listen. 7.4/10

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

As far as boring singer songwriter album goes this one is pretty decent. The Byrds guy.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

nära en fyra. några riktigt goa låtar.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
3

This didn't really do it for me, which I think it more down to the genre than anything. One thing I will praise is the production, sounding really crisp. Ok.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Audição agradável de folk, rock com tranquilidade.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

It was just fine... nothing special.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

forgettable

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Gene Clark is an unfamiliar name, and the only track that I knew from the album ("Stand by Me") is a cover of a song I've heard from other artists. The two tracks I rated the highest reminded me of other artists. "White Light" reminded me of Gordon Lightfoot. "For a Spanish Guitar" reminded me of James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James". "Tears of Rage" reminded me of the Jayhawks. Overall the album was good. It sounded a little like some old-school country music, but not quite. A solid 3 stars

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Nice numbers in the vein of Neil Young

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

Didn't care for this much

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

Classic singer/songwriter vibes from this one. Very soft and mellow throughout. I thought a lot about Gordon Lightfoot and James Taylor while listening (with a hint of Dylan in there as well). "For A Spanish Guitar" and "One in A Hundred" were personal favorites, but every track was pretty solid. Nothing crazy impressive or innovative that will make me remember it necessarily, but I could see myself throwing it on in the background in the future as it is pretty relaxing overall. 3/5. NOTE: I had completely forgotten that I had already heard an album by Gene Clark while going through this list called "No Other". That's typically a bad sign, but it's been a long time since I gave it a listen so it's not surprising. My thoughts on this album are a bit more positive than that one, but I think of both as not much more than solid background music.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

A pleasant and relaxing listen, but I wouldn't be able to pick a single song out of a lineup

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Solid music and vocals, but too country for my tastes.

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Fri May 27 2022
3

This may have been the singular most boring album I've heard. It wasn't bad music, just dull.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Fine, has some really nice melodies, but there's a lot of fluff in there too.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
3

Folk estadounidense. Ni fu ni fa.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Gene Clark is the former Byrds guy. Not a big fan of the Byrds jingle jangle. This is more laid back Dylanesque country folk with lots of harmonica. Nothing jumps out at you but it is pretty mellow and chilled. Hard to dislike. 3.5

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

C'est un bon album, belle voix et bonne reprise 3.5

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

This was a good album. I enjoyed it. Not sure what makes it worthy of the list, but it was something I had never heard of before - so it was worth the time.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

On White Light, Gene Clark provides further proof that he was the backbone of the revolutionary Byrds immersion into country music, as he uses his compositional skill to good use and hone his craft on the road to making his masterpiece No Other. Favorites: The Virgin, White Light, One in a Hundred, For a Spanish Guitar, Tears of Rage.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Grew on me. Definitely requires being in the mood for it for my tastes.The second half brought it up from a 2 in my opinion.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Pretty enjoyable. Solid folk album all the way through.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Not much to say about this one, it’s pretty boring

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Because of you. Great Tune. As for the rest, it is pretty average

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Mon Aug 08 2022
3

I was confused by the first few songs because I thought this was going to be *Roy* Clark. Once I adjusted my expectations I was pleasantly surprised. Nothing real stand out or groundbreaking but the whole album was soothing and easy to listen to. 3.5 stars

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Evoking a little simon & garfunkel folk (without harmonies) and a little bob dylan... his voice in interesting and the song lyrics are engaging. Unfortunately nothing seems to have enough of a hook or some memorable to raise it higher. Still an enjoyable listen.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

interesting for an album to have a song "1975" that's released 4 years before the actual date... and the song seemingly has zero to do with the actual date. urgh. But it songs pretty interesting. double argh.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Mellow and mildly pleasant, if a little bland.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Not a big fan of the Byrds, so not a big fan of this

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Prefs: The Virgin, White Light, Once in a Hundred, For a Spanish Guitar, 1975 Moins pref: Because of You

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Just an easy listening album.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Good singer/songwriter album. One that would probably get a much higher rating if my parents played it more and I was more familiar with it. But overall I liked it, and will probably revisit again in the future.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

I was hoping for a lot more from this considering Clark’s songwriting with the Byrds (Eight Miles High is one of my favorite songs). The opening tracks I really liked, but then it felt repetitive. I hear future Uncle Tupelo / Jay Farrar in these songs.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

69/100: This album makes me want to listen to the Buddy more. I really liked how soft and folk-y this album was—it was a really easy listen. With that being said, I think it was almost too soft and too easy of a listen. This album doesn’t really do much, make much of a statement, or even have any memorable songs on it. All said though, Gene Clark’s voice is really nice—I honestly wish Bob Dylan sounded more like him, keeping his own songwriting abilities though obviously. What does give me hope about this album—well less about this album and more about Gene Clark himself—is that this album has the sound of a talented musician on the tale end of his career. I’ve never listened to the Byrds before, but this album sounds exactly like a mediocre solo album that would have been produced by a previous member of a much better band. Hopefully there are some Byrds albums in this project, because I look forward to them!

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

I know Gene's history with the Byrds and have always wanted to give his solo work a listen. I was pleased to see it pop up on my list. Though this album wasn't popular in the US, it did chart (maybe number 1?!) in the Netherlands when it was released. This reminds me of a slower country rock (perhaps leaning a little more towards country). Not necessarily my style, but I definitely recognize it for what it is and for Gene's contributions to the music world. 3/5

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Some really nice tracks. But not really my thing

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Soporific.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

It's pretty good. Not amazing, but not bad. 3/5

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

This is a weird one. Gene Clark has a nice voice, and the backing musicians are terrific, but on first listen (I've never heard this before at all), his songs seem overwrought and wordy. But I also get the impression that this may be one of those records that grows on you over time.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Maneirin

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

I honestly don't remember what this sounded like it was not that long ago

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Pretty good nothing memorable

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

pretty easy listening, folk guitar. Mid Fav song: for a spanish guitar least fav song: stand by me

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Sun Oct 23 2022
3

I thought I'd enjoy this less than I did. It was an entertaining listen and happy to know who Gene Clark is now.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

Very nice folk rock album...quietly powerful. 3.5 stars

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Right in the middle for me. Nothing too stand out but definitely not bad

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Country. Aburrido.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Härlig singer-songwriter. Skulle passa bra att laga eller äta mat till.

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Tue Nov 10 2020
2

This isn't any good but isn't too bad either, kinda sounds like bob dylan or something? a bit folky, a bit country. I'm sure he put a lot of effort into it but it sounds like songs that might have been written in an hour or two each, and it's all one-take playing. Some of the guitars have obvious mistakes/bum notes going on. Will probably never listen again. But I do like the album cover hey. 2/5.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
2

Bähh country

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Nothing about this really interested me nor bored me. Not as good as The Byrds.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

2.5

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Sat Jan 23 2021
2

Not bad but not particularly a standout

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

It’s ok. Won’t listen to again though

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

This album is exceedingly mediocre, and the guy doesn't have the best or even memorable singing voice.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

I know nothing about Gene Clark, going in cold. Loving the first song, such a warm groove. Halfway through, nothing has lived up to that first tune but generally liking it. Getting really sick of the harmonica, I feel this album could do without it or less of it. The bass is really plunky sounding, kind of getting on my nerves too - like I want to hear a stand up bass instead. Omg the Stand by Me cover is rough, we are going downhill. Overall not very impressed. Probably a 2.5, rounding down.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

Pleasant. Reminds me a lot of the Don Maclean record, for better or worse. It ain’t Neil Young…

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

not a fan. I thought it was really boring

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Wed May 19 2021
2

hmmm not very memorable

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Tue May 18 2021
2

Gene Clark? More like Gene Wilder. Couple of decent tunes tbf

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

me aburrí

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Sat Apr 17 2021
2

A bit too folly for my country vibes and a bit too country for my folk vibes.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
2

The music was fine, but I didn't understand the significance. I mean, the Dutch seemed to enjoy it at least. 5/10

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Sat Apr 17 2021
2

A couple of good tunes on here that I’d listen to again but other than that not much else to write home about.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
2

Fine but a bit forgettable

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Nice sunset

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Go wank over a spreadsheet, you nonce.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

Didn't tickle my ear giblets

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

gentle folk

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Wish I could rate 2.5 stars. It wasn't bad it was just generic. Nothing plenty of people weren't already doing well before him. Definitely a talented song writer, but kind of tired to my ears.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Cheesey country, not for me

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Some ok bits but largely boring folky singing

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Mon Mar 15 2021
2

Boring country

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Might have to be a tomorrow listen for me, I'll do double shift

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

I found this album pretty pleasant and inoffensive. There may be questions as to whether that is enough to qualify it for a list such as x amount of albums you must listen to before you die. I certainly could have died blissfully ignorant of this album’s existence and I don’t think my life would have been materially impacted. But still. It was too pleasant for me to be too angry with it.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Pas fan de ce genre de musique country, un peu ringarde et pas particulièrement palpitante.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

Harmonica got to me a bit, in a bad way. Great album to retire to.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

At times put me in mind of a really shit Bob Dylan cover band. Not actually that averse to this and it was pleasant enough to listen to but I’d say this is the sort of folk that gives folk a bad name. I’d have given it 3 if it weren’t for the unforgivable stand by me cover.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

Really liked the production on this one, but something about sounded so archaic to me that I couldn't get into it. Almost like it was a parody of this kind of music.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

It's not so bad, I just don't like country.

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