The Sound of His Own Voice
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||Sing Your Own Song||John Wesley Harding||3:17||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Should Have Stopped||John Wesley Harding||3:55||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Captain Courageous (On Disko Island)||John Wesley Harding||3:38||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Might Be Dead||John Wesley Harding||2:57||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Uncle Dad||John Wesley Harding||3:57||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Way We Weren't||John Wesley Harding||2:57||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||There's a Starbucks (Where the Starbucks Used to Be)||John Wesley Harding||3:44||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Colloquy of Mole & Mr Eye||John Wesley Harding||3:42||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Gentleman Caller||John Wesley Harding||2:56||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Calling Off the Experiment||John Wesley Harding||2:34||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Examiners||John Wesley Harding||6:11||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Good News (& Bad News)||John Wesley Harding||2:35||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The World In Song||John Wesley Harding||4:10||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Harding Defense (Bonus Track)||John Wesley Harding||2:58||$1.29||View In iTunes|
John Wesley Harding's songs have always had a literary intensity. It’s led him into the publishing world, where he wrote three books under his given name, Wesley Stace. And it’s kept his wit plenty sharp. “There’s a Starbucks (Where the Starbucks Used To Be)” has the biting irony of Randy Newman shoring up pitch-perfect observations about the 21st century. “I Might Be Dead” features ghostly Beach Boys–style backing vocals and buckling Neil Young-esque guitars accompanying a melody worthy of Magical Mystery Tour-era Beatles. “I Should Have Stopped” has the piano lope of the kind of early-'70s pop tune that Ben Folds has chased his entire career. “The World in Song” is a haunting epic that travels through space and time to come up with a tune that unpeels like layers of an onion. “Calling Off the Experiment” checks in with an excited new wave gait. “Gentleman Caller” sounds like Harding’s been listening to his Kinks records.
A wonderful songwriter/singer at his cleverest!
All the sweet and savory of a well prepared pop banquet. Wes is one the great songwriters who stresses the writing as much as the song. I don't write. But I do enjoy listening to this album. So many great influences - I seem to go with Muswell Hillbillies (or even Sgt Pepper), but it's a voice and a set of stories that you won't hear any where else. Give it a listen.
Born: October 22, 1965 in Hastings, East Sussex, England
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s