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Album Review

When it comes to the coffeehouse circuit, the singer/songwriter is someone who takes himself or herself very seriously, and for listeners to really get what the singer/songwriter is about, they must approach the artist's work with the same seriousness. Otherwise, all of the focus on life, love, and the meaning of it all falls flat. Peter Mulvey understands this, and undercuts anyone who might label him a navel-gazer on one of Notes from Elsewhere's livelier cuts, "The Trouble with Poets." "The Trouble with Poets," it seems, "is they talk too much" and "they see poetry everywhere." Having said that, however, doesn't keep Mulvey from filling the remainder of the song with wry observations on life, time, and love, all set to poetry. Mulvey has pulled a number of songs that he has written between 1991 and 2005 from his back pages, and given them unity by relying on stripped-down arrangements of acoustic guitar and voice. While this may sound like Folk 101, he's also a good guitarist, and this is especially evident on a likable instrumental piece like "Black Rabbit." As a minor aside, it would have been nice to have the printed lyrics with the CD. Words, after all, are central to Mulvey and most singer/songwriters' visions. For Mulvey fans and anyone who enjoys carefully chosen words carefully delivered, Notes from Elsewhere is a well-crafted release. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Notes from Elsewhere

Anyone who has seen Peter Mulvey live will be familiar with his masterful playing of the acoustic guitar. At last Peter has managed to transfer the energy and intimacy of his 'live' playing to disc. Here he delivers solo acoustic versions of his previous recordings and infuses them with an energy and subtelty that is at times breathtaking. This is no tired presentation of old stuff, it is a vibrant re-working of material with a passion and intensity that has transferred remarkably well to the recordings. This one is a real gem in the Peter Mulvey opus!

Start Here

This is the perfect record for anyone that is looking explore Mr. Mulvey's work and does not know where to begin. One of the things that has kept me coming back to Peter's shows is that he is constantly reinventing his own and others material on the spot. You can hear that on this record, as he takes some of his best tunes and performs them just as you might expect from his live solo show, changing, living and breathing.

Note from my living room

I've been lucky to have attended a dozen of Peter's live shows and this newest recording is superb. He's picked a dozen or so of his songs from the past several CD's and recorded them as if he were sitting on your living room couch, just him and his guitar. I love his shows, especially when he has David 'Goody' Goodrich as his accompanying guitarist, but this newest recording (solo) is so intimate. Thank you, Mr. Mulvey, for coming into our homes.


Born: Milwaukee, WI

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Urban art-folksier Peter Mulvey has lived an artist's life since adolescence -- he was a college theater major, spent time busking in Dublin, Ireland, and founded the Milwaukee band Big Sky, all before his early twenties. But his professional music career didn't really begin until 1991, when was fired from a job at a Kinko's Copiers in Boston. Flat broke and in need of immediate cash to entertain his visiting brother, Mulvey starting playing his guitar in the subway. He supported himself that way...
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