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  • Summary: The debut solo album from the former lead guitarist of The Coral was written as a musical adaptation of Italo Calvino's 1979 novel, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler and features The London Philharmonic.

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
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  1. Nov 21, 2011
    90
    It is a record that's hard to place, hard to shake and easier to love than you could ever have conceived.
  2. 80
    He wields the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as deftly as he did his spliff-stained six-string.
  3. Nov 21, 2011
    80
    The bolder, bigger compositions are gripping, but the quieter moments – Give Me a Name, Leaning (Star of Sweden) – drip with bleakly, stunning beauty.
  4. Nov 21, 2011
    80
    One thing that is immediately striking from the first tentative piano notes and discomfiting cello hum is just how accomplished it all sounds.
  5. Jan 9, 2012
    80
    Far from being liabilities, such disparate moments help define If… for the better: as a work that frolics in different directions without losing control or coherence.
  6. Jan 11, 2012
    80
    If...'s successful melding of epic vision and intimate solemnity marks an exciting new beginning. [Dec. 2011 pg. 95]
  7. Nov 21, 2011
    70
    Ryder-Jones has not only pulled off the unusual feat of writing a soundtrack for a complex and experimental novel, complementing the book's allure handsomely. He's also, with its sentiment and inventiveness, made it worthy of repeated plays.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Feb 21, 2012
    9
    ... moves more like a river than a pond and its movement avoids the error of anti-climax that is all too common in quiet music. This record... moves more like a river than a pond and its movement avoids the error of anti-climax that is all too common in quiet music. This record gets.... http://bit.ly/zIj0W5 Expand
  2. Jan 15, 2012
    8
    "If..." is my Album of the Week at mattneric: http://mattneric.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/bill-ryder-jones-if/

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  3. Feb 13, 2012
    8
    This is well-written, mostly instrumental music. I enjoyed the mood and melodies of this set...very peaceful and moving, at times. I tooThis is well-written, mostly instrumental music. I enjoyed the mood and melodies of this set...very peaceful and moving, at times. I too believe Ryder-Jones will go on to larger productions based on this effort. Makes me wonder if I have missed the boat on soundtracks and instrumental music in the past. Collapse