Trading Snake Oil For Wolftickets Image

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  • Summary: Available for several years on his own website, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Gary Jules' second album finally got a major-label release in 2004 thanks to the unexpected success of one of its tracks--a cover of Tears For Fears' "Mad World"--that appeared on the Donnie Darko soundtrack.
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  1. Gracious and redemptive, it is a rapt, quiescent masterwork.
  2. The album fully delivers on the crackling promise of "Mad World" with an accomplished set of hard-won folk-rock.
  3. 80
    Gorgeously warm, forlorn and wounded. [Mar 2004, p.95]
  4. 60
    Jules’ talents lie closer to the downhome folksiness of Cat Stevens, enlivened by an eye for detail previously thought the sole preserve of Elliott Smith.
  5. There's a gnawing gutlessness at work here, which ultimately sells him short. [Feb 2004, p.101]
  6. 'Trading...' may be better than we had any right to expect, but the fact remains that there's nothing here that would've catapulted him to public consciousness were it not for his astuteness and the Donnie Darko connection.
  7. It's pleasant, but hardly earth-shattering, not helped by a shortfall of notable tunes.... There's just nothing here that grabs you in the same way that Mad World did.

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  1. EricC
    Mar 20, 2007
    If you're looking for more of Mad World-type bleakness, you'll be disapointed. Otherwise, this is great cd that anyone who considers themselves a Cat Stevens or Dylan fan should seek out. There's a reason he's so popular across the Atlantic. Expand