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Solace

Xavier Rudd

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Album Review

Imagine if Devendra Banhart wasn't trying so hard to be a psychedelic pixie, or if Tyrannosaurus Rex-era Marc Bolan had somehow been reincarnated into the body of Jack Johnson or John Mayer. Either way, you'll come up with something close to the intriguingly bizarre debut album by Australia's Xavier Rudd. As a songwriter, Rudd is a spiritual brother to Johnson and Mayer, not to mention Brits Ed Harcourt and David Gray: A mellow singer/songwriter throwback to the good old days of James Taylor and Cat Stevens, with an additional fondness for reggae that leads him to introduce island rhythms into his songs and cover Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry." As a singer, however, Rudd possesses this kind of man-child squeak of a voice that's so startling to the listener at first that you'll spend at least half of the rambling opening track, "Shelter," trying to gauge whether or not it's a put-on. The disconnect between the otherwise standard-issue, and if anything slightly colorless songs and Rudd's bizarre warble of a voice is immense, and it may well be a deal-breaker for many listeners, but those who accustom themselves to it might find Solace, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Perfect in more ways

This album deserves 10 stars. Xavier is so talented in more ways than one, he plays all of the instruments in his songs, live as well. He's also the most incredible Yirdaki player I've ever listened to. His songs have meaningful lyrics as in Green Spandex, Shelter, and Let Me Be. His cover of No woman No Cry compares to the original, and his slide guitar compares to that of Ben Harpers. Talented indeed.

Instrumental Genius

Xavier Rudd is a mastermind of unique instruments. His voice is very inspirational and soothing. He plays all the instruments including the slide guitar, harmonica, didjeridoo (however you spell it), and others. He was amazing at Bonnaroo and is amazing. Buy this CD and be amazed. I played it and before I knew it, it was over.

Great Singer/Songwriter

I first heard Xavier in Charleston, WV, when he was playing with Ani Difranco and he stole the show. His blend of aboriginal and Australian folk is superb. The range of instruments that you hear in his songs, of which he plays most, is really something that you have to see live. iTunes should add all of his cd's to their database, otherwise buying them from Australia can become a bit pricey but totally worth it. I have Solace and another of his cd's To Let, which is also a great cd. Great live performer, can't wait until he's playing on the east coast again.

Biography

Born: May 29, 1978 in Victoria, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Like Jack Johnson, independent Australian musician Xavier Rudd combines a love of surfing with a love of roots music. Like Ben Harper, he plays Weissenborn lap steel guitars. Utterly unlike both of those musicians, however, he has a unique setup. Rudd is a one-man band who plays surrounded by instruments in a complicated array —- typically, he has three didgeridoos placed in front of him on a stand, a guitar on his lap, a stompbox by his habitually bare feet, and an assortment of drums, banjos,...
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