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Awake
John Wesley Harding
Awake
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Harding's always had trouble squeezing out sparks in the studio, so it's easy to wonder what all the infernal fuss over the guy is about until you hear his charisma explode on a good live recording. Awake is better than a ...  more »

      
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All Artists: John Wesley Harding
Title: Awake
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Zero Hour/Ada
Original Release Date: 3/10/1998
Release Date: 3/10/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, New Wave & Post-Punk, Contemporary Folk, Adult Contemporary, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 723853121028

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Harding's always had trouble squeezing out sparks in the studio, so it's easy to wonder what all the infernal fuss over the guy is about until you hear his charisma explode on a good live recording. Awake is better than a lot of his studio albums in that respect (better than New Deal, for instance) but it's still a pretty polite effort for a guy who fancies himself an outlaw folkie. Maybe pass on this one for now, but definitely hear "When the Beatles Hit America" on the Mountain Stage Vol. 2 compilation. Be astonished, and proceed from there. --Gavin McNett

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CD Reviews

He's capable of much more.
12/19/1998
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I've a huge JWH fan since first seeing him in 1990 -- I own all his recordings, and his second (and so far best) album, "The Name Above The Title," is on constant rotation in my CD player. I know I can usually depend on him for marvelously tuneful, edgy, clever songs. But this album is a disappointment -- tame, mannered, and overall unremarkable, with only rare flashes ("Window Seat," "Miss Fortune") of the deft melodies and dazzling wordplay of the past. Wes, this album just doesn't do you justice."
Wes is great.
09/30/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a big John Wesley Harding fan. In 1990 I heard Wes as a bright star on an otherwise ordinary sounding Sire Records sampler called "Just Say Da". One listen and I was off to the record store once again.Most of his studio albums have been worthy efforts; "Why We Fight" being my favorite of the lot. "It Happened One Night" is a wonderful solo acoustic CD with an enduring cafe folk sound.J.W.H. is up there with Elvis Costello in my book for turning a musical literary phrase. In "Awake" he's in good form. I can't wait for more."
Wes is Back
06/03/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"After a series of huge disappointments, Wes is back with one of the finest things to hit my CD player since...well, "The Name Above the Title". Admittedly, the best way to see Wes is to see him live, and he's not exactly at his sardonic best, but at least he's not doing "Crystal Blue Persuasion" remakes anymore *shuddder*.Check this one out. You won't be disappointed."