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The Sole Inhabitant

Thomas Dolby

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An Innovator Returns

"The Sole Inhabitant" marks the return of Thomas Dolby, too long away from a music scene that could desperately use his talents. Stripped of the hype surrounding his "hits", Dolby was always in his best form with the scintillating arrangements and quiet lyrical thoughtfulness of the music that didn't make it into airplay rotation. This CD re-presents a portion of his catalog as a one-man show. By the necessity of the performances, all entirely live and solo, anything remotely considered fluff is stripped away. The result is a thoroughly refreshing review of a musical path not capable of being trod by many. Mr. Dolby is quite earnestly about re-connecting with his core audience, and the CD succeeds quite well in that regard. Of particular value are his podcasts. They make his intentention clear. The "Leipzig Is Calling" podcast presentation in particular, the music portion of which is a different take than the one appearing on the CD, is a masterwork performance. If you have any concerns that Dolby is just another 80's rock star looking to cash out, that will be quickly stripped away by the podcasts. He's a real human being trying to connect in a personal way with his fans. This is not the last we'll see or hear of Thomas Dolby. This CD is a review of where we've been with him. He wants all of us onboard for the journey ahead. Be there.

A True Innovator

Now with a lot of concerts high on style and low on substance, here comes a live album from Thomas Dolby showing the best of both. I was at the show this was recorded at, and the album certainly does not disappoint. Mr. Dolby not only plays everthything himself, on a combination of new cutting edge and vintage gear, but some of the tracks he "builds up" and sequences as he goes along. The sound is fantastic, and truly shows one of the original innovators of electronic music does not disappoint. I can't wait to see the companion DVD from another stop on the tour with the fantastic visuals as well.

Thomas Dolby is back!

I have followed Thomas' whole career and this new album is fantastic. And it includes a remake of his classic hit "She Blinded Me with Science" the memories that brings back. I don't normally do this, but I recommend buying the whole album so you can enjoy the entire journey.


Born: October 14, 1958 in Cairo, Egypt

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though he never had many hits, Thomas Dolby became one of the most recognizable figures of the synth pop movement of early-'80s new wave. This was largely due to his skillful marketing. Dolby promoted himself as a kind of mad scientist, an egghead who had successfully harnessed the power of synthesizers and samplers and used them to make catchy pop and light electro-funk. Before he launched a solo career, Dolby had worked as a studio musician, technician, and songwriter; his most notable work as...
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