Neil Halstead

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OPINIONS?
past bands?
current bands?
solo project?

I think he's fantastic.

sarah mccormick (unsarah), Thursday, 12 June 2003 14:21 (11 years ago) Permalink

I like his solo stuff, not a big Mojave fan though.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 12 June 2003 14:26 (11 years ago) Permalink

for me it's the opposite.. bigger fan of mojave stuff than his solo album.
heart-warming live.

also: slowdive = amazing obviously!

sarah mccormick (unsarah), Thursday, 12 June 2003 14:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

Um, ugh. Caught an in-store with him a year and a half back and was busy checking out the CD racks within half a song. Wannabe Nick Drake without the captivation or interest (and if you already hate Nick Drake, then that should tell you something). But Slowdive and early Mojave 3 will never let me down.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 12 June 2003 14:36 (11 years ago) Permalink

I adore all three mojave albums all for different reasons.

I like Nick Drake, and i can see some similarities, but i definitely have to disagree with "without the captivation or interest"

sarah mccormick (unsarah), Thursday, 12 June 2003 14:40 (11 years ago) Permalink

I liked Slowdive best but the first Mojave 3 album had a few good songs. I didn't keep track after that. Did they get better ?

s.r.w. (s.r.w.), Thursday, 12 June 2003 14:57 (11 years ago) Permalink

Slowdive I like. And its not allowed to be hatin on the Drake, Raggett!

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 12 June 2003 15:07 (11 years ago) Permalink

eh, im a twee asshole though so what do i know.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 12 June 2003 15:08 (11 years ago) Permalink

I LIKE Drake, dammit! Check the AMG! I was referring to others here who don't.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 12 June 2003 15:36 (11 years ago) Permalink

I like about half of his recorded output, with the weight on later Slowdive / early Mojave 3.

Xii (Xii), Thursday, 12 June 2003 16:13 (11 years ago) Permalink

Slowdive is one of the best bands EVAH!!! I think history will remember them, particularly for their last two albums. Mojave-- well, i didn't take much of a liking to them. I really like the ambience of "Sleeping on Roads."

King Kobra (King Kobra), Thursday, 12 June 2003 16:14 (11 years ago) Permalink

sorry Neditee.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 12 June 2003 16:15 (11 years ago) Permalink

HI.. I SAID NEIL HALSTEAD NO NICK DRAKE, JERKS!
;)

Specify album names when you say what you like/didn't like.

ie: out of tune, ask me tomorrow, excuses for travellers, slouvaki, pigmalion, etc

sarah mccormick (unsarah), Thursday, 12 June 2003 16:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

he's yet to put out anything i haven't loved. Sleeping on Roads featured some magnificent songs, esp. 'Driving With Bert'.

very excited for the mew Mojave album this fall, as well as the Rachel Goswell album out next spring.

derrick (derrick), Thursday, 12 June 2003 21:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

That sleeping on roads album didn't age with me too well (at first I thought I loved it), but that Plaster For The Pain song still gets to me. Never dug Mojave 3 too much. Haven't heard Slowdive.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 12 June 2003 21:43 (11 years ago) Permalink

best work is the first Mojave album, which ranks way high up on my scale. i like the second Mojave album a lot as well, but lost a fair bit of interest by the third.

I don't think the solo album is particularly impressive. It's not rubbish but it's a little low on the thrilling melody front.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Thursday, 12 June 2003 23:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

the solo album is dull. it's too cheerful or not even cheerful, it is middle of the road emotion-wise. yeah, i am anxious to hear rachel's solo album, apparently it is already done, her song on the last mojave 3 record was great.

keith (keithmcl), Thursday, 12 June 2003 23:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

i like the solo album. the nick drake comparisons are otm but, am i the only one to see bob dylan in there as well?
and i second ned's opinion about the live act: i saw him playing a solo acoustic set and it was boring.

joan vich (joan vich), Friday, 13 June 2003 09:46 (11 years ago) Permalink

I like "Sleeping on Roads" much more than anything by M3 (who certainly have their high-points) and think its just below the mind-boggling Slowdive.

I don't see the Drake comparisons except that they could both be classified as "British Folk". Halstead's guitar-playing and arrangements are much simpler, for one thing.

I don't understand the criticism of the album as cheerful (wtf?) or bland. Unlike Mojave, where it seems the emphasis (at least post-Ask Me...) is on craftmanship (possibly a reaction to the ridiculous criticism that Slowdive was all style...ummm, you try writing something like "Altogether" or "Waves") the album is very heartfelt and mostly downcast. It's really a break-up album but the main emotions are acceptance, love and forgiveness rather than the self-pity and adolescent anger you usually get from such exercises. (Not that those don't have their place as well!)

There's just something about his attitude, his wisdom, and his music that makes Neil one of the coolest guys around. "Hi-Lo and Inbetween" is one of the more beautiful songs I can think of and a definite mix-tape/CDR highlight when you want to bring the mood and pace down a little bit.

Tomasino Jones (tomasinojones), Friday, 13 June 2003 13:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

There's just something about his attitude, his wisdom, and his music that makes Neil one of the coolest guys around. "Hi-Lo and Inbetween" is one of the more beautiful songs I can think of and a definite mix-tape/CDR highlight when you want to bring the mood and pace down a little bit.

This is one of my favorite songs too!

I think he's admirable, he has a certain attractive aura that just brings people in.


sarah mccormick (unsarah), Friday, 13 June 2003 14:38 (11 years ago) Permalink

5 years pass...

new album - oh! mighty engine - sleeping on roads pt2 .

another nick drake/elliot smith kinda thing, which rises 2 opposite reactions:
1. doesnt the world have enough of this folky-always sound the same- record style already?
2. but he is good in doing that old formula.

so i guess it comes down to how much you can bear another (good) twee-folk-drake record.

Zeno, Thursday, 24 July 2008 20:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

i posted about this here a few days back:

slowdive: classic or dud?

Bee OK, Thursday, 24 July 2008 20:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

That 1st one was so good that I'm gonna lap this up in any case.

baaderonixx, Friday, 25 July 2008 07:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Sad that he's on Jack Johnson's pet artist label and touring with him. How the hell did that happen? But beautiful new album. Sleeping on Roads, pt. 2 indeed. "Elevenses" and "Paint a Face" are both stand outs. He does the sleepy, dreamy folk thing better than just about anyone.

Jacobo Rock, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 19:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

Why is anyone surprised this is on Jack Johnson's label?

I mean, I love me some Mojave 3, but c'mon guys, don't delude yourselves.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 19:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

It's a damn near perfect fit

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 19:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

Slowdive is great, solo is pretty good, Mojave 3 is tolerable

res, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 21:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's a valid comparison in that they are two guys who play guitar.

Jacobo Rock, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 10:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

i'm going to see this guy tomorrow at the media club.

derrrick, Friday, 22 August 2008 07:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

ooooh i still need to pick up this record.

stephen, Saturday, 23 August 2008 07:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

4 years pass...

will be released September 11, 2012 on Universal Republic.

Track Listings
1. Digging Shelters
2. Bad Drugs and Minor Chords
3. Wittgenstien's
4. Spin The Bottle
5. Tied To You
6. Love Is A Beast
7. Palindrome Hunches
8. Full Moon Rising
9. Sandy
10. Hey Daydreamer
11. Loose Change

Deluxe CD edition is exclusive to Amazon and is limited to 500 copies worldwide. Presented in a notebook style format with a chipboard front and back cover, the release features Neil Halstead's handwritten lyric sheets as well as open space for your own ruminations as you listen to the album. This is Neil's third solo album after a storied career with Slowdive and Mojave 3. AllMusic has called Neil "one of Britain's most respected songwriters".

Bee OK, Friday, 24 August 2012 02:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yup. Look for a review from me soon.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 August 2012 02:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

open space for your own ruminations as you listen to the album.

tee hee

Poliopolice, Friday, 24 August 2012 02:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

my wife realllllly likes his solo stuff, and doesn't really care for mojave 3 or slowdive. weird, i know! so i've heard his albums a bunch. it's ok, cozy sweater folk.

tylerw, Friday, 24 August 2012 02:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

his solo stuff, and doesn't really care for mojave 3

kind of baffling

detune two oscillators...than what (electricsound), Friday, 24 August 2012 02:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

i know! she doesn't dislike mojave 3, just doesn't seem interested in it. mysterious.

tylerw, Friday, 24 August 2012 02:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

Well it is the most straightforward stuff he's ever done, I'm not surprised that's what might appeal.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 August 2012 02:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

he has such a nice voice

sean gramophone, Friday, 24 August 2012 02:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

tbh I rate his first solo lp way above any of the M3 albums

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 24 August 2012 12:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

Out.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 August 2012 14:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

ned's review: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17036-palindrome-hunches/
good fall record! the season, not the band. you know.

tylerw, Friday, 14 September 2012 15:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ha, thanks! Yeah I need to publicize that review a bit here...

Ned Raggett, Friday, 14 September 2012 15:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

great review, Ned. And the "cozy sweater folk" thing is spot on - never thought I would but I think you've made me want to get this

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 14 September 2012 15:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

definitely a record where it comes on and my first instinct is kinda "yawn" but then I end up loving it.

tylerw, Friday, 14 September 2012 15:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

Anyone else (UK) pre-order it from Sonic Cathedral? I got the 7" with it, will be able to report on the album when I finally get the shrinkwrap open.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 18:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

The album is very nice. I think I like it more than 'Oh, Mighty Engine' at the moment.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 20:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Saw him last night, good show. Seems like an all around good guy. He played Alison and 40 Days for the encore

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 22 December 2012 17:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

i don't like how he went from shoegaze to wuss-rock... though some of his wuss-rock is ok, i guess.

Poliopolice, Saturday, 22 December 2012 17:25 (1 year ago) Permalink


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