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Excuses for Travellers
1. In Love With a View
2. Trying to Reach You
3. My Life in Art
4. Return to Sender
5. When You're Drifting
6. Anyday Will Be Fine
7. She Broke You So Softly
8. Prayer for the Paranoid - (Electric Version)
9. Bringin' Me Home
10. Got My Sunshine
11. Krazy Koz
12. Always Right
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 70005
Mojave 3; Mark Van Hoen
Mojave 3: Rachel Goswell (vocals, bass); Neil Halstead (vocals); Simon Rowe (guitar); Alan Forrester (keyboards); Ian McCutcheon (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Melvin Duffy (pedal steel guitar);
Kevin Wells (banjo); Mark Armstrong (trumpet).
Engineers include: Gareth Parton, Dave Mercer, Nuno De Silva.
Personnel: Mark Armstrong (trumpet, flugelhorn).
Recording information: Fortress 2; Fortress1; Mojave HQ.
Mojave 3 proves what shoegazer royalty Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell's former band Slowdive hinted at all along: great songwriting speaks for itself, whether swaddled in blissed-out textures or wrapped up with pedal-steel guitar and strings. EXCUSES FOR TRAVELLERS rambles right back down the dusty trail, with another clutch of superb songs and far greater confidence.
"In Love With a View," "Prayer for the Paranoid," and "She Broke You So Softly" are the stuff of sheer, epic beauty. Mojave 3 heaps stirring choruses, soaring vocals, and bravado guitar breaks upon Halstead's poignant story songs. Perfectly placed instrumental accents and Goswell's gossamer harmonies add further layers of loveliness. Mojave 3 does its influences proud, combining the tale-spinning craft of Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, and Jimmy Webb with Nick Drake's aching candor on "My Life in Art" and "When You're Drifting." The gently rocking "Return to Sender" and "Any Day Will Be Fine" demonstrate Halstead's uncanny knack for summoning timeless melodies from thin air. "Got My Sunshine" makes for a gorgeous, gospel-flavored closer, though the US edition extends EXCUSES FOR TRAVELLERS with two fine B-side tracks.
Rolling Stone (9/28/00, p.58) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...British sad-core specialists....spectacularly sullen....a diary of finely wrought situations..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/6/00, p.86) - "...The intimate, textured arrangements are well-suited to Halstead's aching lyrics and melancholy vocals, giving tunes...an air of empathy and healing." - Rating: A-
Alternative Press (10/00, p.103) - 3 out of 5 - "...Decidedly mellow and acoustic nature, EXCUSES continues Neil Halstead's love affair with country, folk and pop....masterfully written, recorded and played..."
CMJ (9/11/00, p.24) - "...There's a windblown country-rock vibe to the sound...that suits vocalist/guitarist Neil Halstead's dry, folky voice..."
NME (Magazine) (7/22/00, p.29) - 7 out of 10 - "...Brilliantly rendered virtual-country laments. And if you get drunk or stoned enough, they sound just like the real thing."
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