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Album Review

Famed for his fiddly finger-plucking, guitar-patting, and intricate arrangements, ginger-haired dreadlocked surf-dude Newton Faulkner became an unlikely fixture at the top of the charts in 2007 with his debut album, Hand Built by Robots. With a title inspired by an operation on a wrist injury just prior to recording, his sophomore album, Rebuilt by Humans, continues to revive the noble tradition of the one-man band, but also sporadically introduces a wider array of instrumentation to create a slightly more expansive and eclectic sound. There's nothing as radical as his Green Day covers band beginnings, but the proper opening track "Badman," a Peter Gabriel-esque ode to the beauty of nature, full of twanging blues riffs, fuzzy synths, and pounding rhythms and recalling the funk-rock output of his previous band, Half a Guy, and the Levellers-meets-Frankmusik leanings of "Won't Let Go," blending sharp Celtic folk strings with urgent '80s-inspired electro beats, show that Faulkner is more than capable of stepping outside his comfort zone. It's a shame that Rebuilt by Humans doesn't do that more often, as when he reverts back to his everyman troubadour inclinations there's not much to differentiate him from the plethora of acoustic singer/songwriters already out there. The lilting guitar hooks, country-style harmonica, and overall laid-back vibe of "Lipstick Jungle" evokes the breezy beachside folk-pop of Jack Johnson; the driving anthemic chorus of lead single "If This Is It" echoes the epic melancholic rock of Snow Patrol; and closing track "I'm Not Giving Up Yet" is the kind of stripped-down poetic ballad you'd expect to find on the first Damien Rice album. While never short of a rousing chorus or emotive heartbreak-themed lyric, you do wish that producer Mike Spencer (Jamiroquai, Kylie Minogue) could have persevered with its occasional forays into more adventurous territory, while five largely instrumental interludes, which unnecessarily pad out the album, do little to dispel the sense of fatigue that wears in by the umpteenth "just me and my guitar" track. Rebuilt by Humans will satisfy those expecting another fix of free-spirited acoustic stoner pop, but its flashes of genre-straddling invention indicate that Faulkner's sophomore album could have been so much more. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

No One Hit Wonder here!

"Dream Catch Me" set a very high standard no doubt, but "If This Is It" is a musical masterstroke. If that's all Newton Faulkner ever does I wont be too disappointed such is the quality of those two gifts to the music world. This album isn't as strong as his first, but it includes some gems and grows on you with each listen. Certainly worth the $17 just to encourage the guy to keep entertaining us. His guitarwork is absolutely mesmerising, his voice soulful. He is a unique and true talent and I suspect he'll be around for many a year. No one hit wonder here ladies and gents. ;)

good, but...

good and enjoyable album, however its missing the fantastic virtuosic guitar from the first album, and the lyrics aren't as breathtaking. still enjoyable though!!

Robots Build A Better Album

While Newton Faulkner has certainly delivered another solid album with great tracks including 'If This Is It' and 'I'm Not Giving Up Yet', the album is lacking the individuality of the quirky, folksy sound that was present in the debut album. Though there is still that distinctly unique sound in 'She's Got The Time 2' and 'Badman' my feeling of this album is that it doesn't live up to its predecessor.

Biography

Born: 11 January 1985 in Surrey, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Sam Newton Battenberg Faulkner was born in Surrey on the 11th of January 1985 and attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, studying the guitar and graduating at the age of 17. He played bass guitar in a Green Day cover band and, before going solo under the fuller name of Newton Battenburg Faulkner, he formed the funk-rock band Half a Guy with Matt Buchanan, Dave Elvy, and Nicola Crawshaw. The band released a live self-titled EP with no success and, rather than play angry metal music...
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