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MP3 John Wesley Harding - Adam's Apple

JWH''s critically-lauded pop comeback from 2004, featuring the stellar production of Julian Raymond and Eric Kupper, a collaboration with Gavin Bryars, and a set of songs that snap, crackle and pop. A classic.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (47:40) !
Related styles: ROCK: Folk Rock, POP: Jangle Pop

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JWH''s critically-acclaimed pop masterpiece, Adam''s Apple, was made for Mammoth Records, just before they were closed down by Hollywood Records, and finally emerged on DRT. One of the best albums of Harding''s illustrious career, Adam''s Apple received numerous great reviews. From All Music Guide:

"Four years after The Confessions of St. Ace, John Wesley Harding re-emerges with the finest album of his career. Wes is as witty as ever on tracks like "Sluts," a wry funky rock nod to hedonism, and the offbeat story-song "Sussex Ghost Story," where love turns to murder, and various producers (including Fastball vet Julian Raymond) give him a rich, melodic canvas to paint superb pop soundscapes like "Pull" and the blissfully crooned "Negative Love." Come to think of it, Harding''s voice has never sounded better on melodic midtempo numbers like the organ-peppered "Nothing at All" and the vibrant, riff-filled "It Stays." While the quirky "Protest Protest Protest" comes off as an amusing novelty that examines the differences between 1960s activism and the politics of today, some could argue its tech-laced production affects the flow of the songs it rests alongside. Nitpicking aside, from the perky, orchestrated opening of "Monkey and His Cat" through to the devotional parting ballad "When You Smile," Adam''s Apple is a disc worth biting into again and again."

Wesley Stace was born in Hastings, Sussex in 1965, and educated at The King''s School, Canterbury, and Jesus College, Cambridge. Under the name, John Wesley Harding, he has released 15 albums, ranging from traditional folk to full on pop music. His most recent pop release Adam''s Apple (2004) was called "the finest album of his career" (All Music Guide), "one of his best, a sharp collection of pop that cleverly weds sunny melodies to dark matters" (The New Yorker) and "a dazzling piece of popcraft that shows wide range and real heart" (No Depression.) John Wesley Harding has been joined onstage by Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Bruce Springsteen (with whom he recorded a duet on his album Awake), Joan Baez, Peter Buck, Evan Dando, David Baddiel, Rick Moody, Scott MacCaughey and Robyn Hitchcock amongst others. He has appeared on Late Night with Conan O''Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His songs have been featured in films (including High Fidelity) and covered by other artists. His most recent record was "Songs of Misfortune", a (mostly) a capella recording by The Love Hall Tryst, featuring the ballads from his first novel, Misfortune. The recently released DVD "A Bloody Show" documents an epic show filmed at Bumbershoot in Seattle, featuring songs from Misfortune, on which JWH is accompanied by a rock band, a string quartet and The Love Hall Tryst, and readings from the novel. His new record "Who was Changed and Who was Dead", recorded with The Minus Five, is released in March 2009 by Popover Corps. His series of "Cabinet of Wonders" variety shows in Spring 2009 in New York City at Le Poisson Rouge include appearances by Rosanne Cash, Graham Parker, Josh Ritter, Rick Moody, Colson Whitehead and Jonathan Ames. His first novel, Misfortune, under his real name Wesley Stace, was published to great acclaim in 2004 by Little, Brown (USA) and Jonathan Cape (UK) - translations followed in Italy, France (where it has become a bestseller), Holland, Taiwan, Japan, Spain and Israel. It was nominated for The Guardian First Book Award, The Commonwealth Writers'' Prize, The James Tiptree, Jr. Award, listed as one of the books of the year in The Washington Post and The Boston Phoenix, and was one of Amazon''s Top Ten Novels of the Year. His second novel, BY GEORGE, was published in August 2007; it was one of the New York Public Library''s Books To Remember of 2007, and Booklist Editor''s Choice for books of the year. He has recently completed his third novel, and is currently artist-in-residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, where he curates the Words & Music Festival. He has lived in America since 1991, and resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with his wife Abbey, daughter Tilda and son Wyn.

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