Friday, August 11, 2006
We all know him from the Donnie Darko soundtrack. It was his cover of Mad World, a Tears for Fears classic, which first put Gary on the map whether or not it sounds like an R.E.M. original. For the record, at first listen to this track, I couldn't tell his voice from Michael Stipe's if my life depended on it.
All covers and famous Georgian voices aside Gary Jules has finally begun making an impact on his own. His career started off rough as he was bounced around, and largely lost, in the shuffle of merging labels. For the last few years, with the exception of his massive success in England, Gary has largely been flying under the radar here in the states. All this is set to change with his latest self titled LP.
He sounds a bit musically like Jack Johnson at times, if Jack was fused together with a southern folk singer's voice. On his website, as well as his myspace account, Gary includes a quote from a fan's critique of him. And with this quote I agree. "[Gary has] a soulful voice . . like whispery life-soundtrack music for grown-up indie kids." What more could you want?
mp3 : Gary Jules - Whiskey for Everybody
mp3 : Gary Jules - Gone Daddy
mp3 : Gary Jules - The Devil Keeps Grinning
mp3 : Gary Jules - Mad World (Tears for Fears cover)
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