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Customer Reviews

welcome back

been waiting for this album for a while now and on first few listens i'm certainly not disappointed. although there's nothing approaching the beauty of "new york", the quality is consistently high throughout. a welcome return and hoping it's not too long before the next one

Even better than Magpie

Stephen Fretwell's gold-selling debut, Magpie, still stands as the 21st century's best singer-songriter disc from these shores... Well, maybe until now. Man On The Roof is devastatingly great, showing the kind of maturity that listeners of Magpie wouldn't have dared dream was possible on top of that disc's all-round excellence. With his voice drifting closer to Chris Martin than the Yorkshire Manc of before, and a comfortable (comfortably outstanding) band behind, the songs, perhaps showing the benefit of a longer-than-expected gestation, live in their perfect manifestation - they don't need covering by anyone else to see their best. With an ease that Oasis, Stereophonics and Coldplay would love in their quieter, acoustic, songs, Fretwell gives the lie to the idea that, after a while, all singer-songwriters sound the same. The lyrics are real, warmly humorous and rich in observation. A song like The Ground Beneath Your Feet would have fitted, and shone, on Blonde on Blonde. Yet it's on the songs like William Shatner's Dog, the Waits'y opener Coney or the Nick Cave-like Saturday that Fretwell hints at his extra range - there isn't a weak moment anywhere. This disc single-handedly stops you caring about the Blunt mediocrity elsewhere. Essential purchase.

buy it.

this is as good as his first if not more complete. there's only one trouble with stephen fretwell and thats you have to be in the mood to listen to him. late at night by yourself. still brilliant.


Born: 1981 in Scunthorpe, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Born in the town of Scunthorpe in 1981, English singer/songwriter Stephen Fretwell was introduced to the music of Bob Dylan at a young age. Using a borrowed guitar from his grandparents, the young artist began writing his own songs and made tapes for his family and friends. After an aborted attempt at university life -- he lasted two days -- Fretwell relocated to Manchester, where his clear northern voice, poetic lyrics, and melodic guitar work soon won him an audience. After landing a much sought-after...
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