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A Virtual Landslide

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I Came Out Of The Wilderness
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Oh So Lonesome For You
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Adelaine
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One Stolen Moment
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There She Still Remains
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Hallelujah Blues
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Look What I Made Out Of My Head Ma
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God Damn Lonesome Blues
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I Don't Like The Man I Am
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Sweet Louise
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Dear Angelina
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Lest We Forget
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 45:57

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Wow!

TheodoreJackson

His voice is odd, initially. It becomes beautiful. This is such a perfect continuation of folk history, the next generation after the New York Anti-folk scene of the late 80's, early 90's. He reminds me of a more talented Roger Manning, (the NY folkie who was very talented and made some amazing music). This record goes from rockabilly to haunting ballads and has not stopped being played since I got it!

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Take it at face value

RockingMagpie

His voice is only 'odd' if you worry about things like that! At face value this album is sensational! The songs are all wonderful (esp Adelaine, Look what I made and Lest we forget.)and all the beeter for the pain and sorrow in his voice. Think of Pete as Patsy Cline and Roy Orbisons' love child!!!!!!

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Heart-achingly great

podunk.holler

This is my album of the year so far. Recorded at Toe Rag studios in London (where the White Stripes, James Hunter, Supergrass and many others have recorded) and produced by the lover of retro studio equipment Liam Watson. The songs have a depth and warmth to them that is just wonderful. Stand out tracks are I Don't Like The Man I Am, Sweet Louise, Lest We Forget and I Came Out of the Wilderness. Some people will find Pete's voice unusual but it is a great one. Download, listen & enjoy.

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Dylan round the corner

Deepone

Really nice stuff (if you like Pete's strange voice). Highway 61 re-revisited, kind of. At least the opener. Great retro-kind of music.

They Say All Music Guide

Pete Molinari’s fondness for Bob Dylan is clear, as reflected in his vocal style as well as his songwriting, and if his bare-bones first album, Walking Off the Map, sounded a bit like one of Dylan’s early John Hammond-produced sessions, his second disc, A Virtual Landslide, plays as if Molinari made the leap overnight into a sound that combines the shades of both Blonde on Blonde and New Morning, with a dose of vintage pop shining through the cracks. Molinari cut A Virtual Landslide with a small but sympathetic backing band at London’s home of vintage analog technology, Toe Rag Studios, and the sad, sweet beauty of B.J. Cole’s steel guitar and the strong melodic moorings of Carwyn Ellis’ keyboards give these 12 songs just the right ambience, a blend of folk, blues, pop, and country flavors that are the ideal complement for Molinari’s road-worn tenor and roots-conscious melodies. While Dylan has clearly been a major influence on Molinari, on A Virtual Landslide one hears the evidence in his vocal phrasing and the clean but strong lines of his melodies rather than aping Dylan’s most obvious qualities, and while he certainly reaches for the great songwriter’s literacy, the intelligence of this material doesn’t sound derivative, dealing with stories of life and love that sound intelligent but don’t wallow in self-pity or esoteric symbolism. If anything, Molinari’s lyrics suggest the flinty wisdom of Dylan’s Love and Theft and Modern Times, and if he isn’t quite working at the master’s level, he’s gotten pretty close for a guy who hasn’t been making records since 2006, and “I Don’t Like the Man That I Am,” “Look What I Made,” and “One Stolen Moment” demonstrate Molinari has some tales of his own to tell that are well worth hearing. A Virtual Landslide is a smart and fully realized work from one of the U.K.’s most promising singer/songwriters. – Mark Deming

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