One Eyed Man

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One Eyed Man
Studio album by Mark Seymour
Released 2001
Recorded Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne, 2001
Genre Rock, pop
Length 50:34
Label Mushroom Records
Producer Daniel Denholm, David Nicholas
Mark Seymour chronology
King Without a Clue
1997
One Eyed Man
(2001)
Embedded
(2004)

One Eyed Man is the second solo album by Mark Seymour, released in 2001. It won the 2001 Aria Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album.[1] Seymour said the album's title was inspired by an incident during a 1998 Hunters and Collectors tour when he was mugged in Sydney's Kings Cross nightclub precinct by a group led by a man with one eye.[2] He said the album marked a break from the "Hunters hangover" evident on his solo debut, King Without a Clue.[2]

The album received positive reviews, with some noting similarities with the sound of Crowded House.[3][4][5][6] A profile of Seymour in the Sydney Morning Herald also observed a Crowded House connection, claiming the album contained "the poppiest songs he's written",[7] while Iain Sheddon in The Australian described One Eyed Man as a "polished, cleverly constructed album of strong pop songs that has cast him in the same light as his brother Nick's former band, Crowded House".[8]

Track listing[edit]

(All songs by Mark Seymour except where noted)

  1. "Don't You Know Me?" (Mark Seymour, Cameron McKenzie) - 3:37
  2. "Blue Morning" (Seymour, Barry Palmer) – 3:58
  3. "The Ballad of the One Eyed Man" – 4:03
  4. "Ready To Go" – 4:31
  5. "Lost In Your Illusion" – 3:50
  6. "Strange Little Town" (Seymour, Palmer) – 3:50
  7. "See You Around" (Seymour, Daryl Braithwaite) – 3:51
  8. "Long Way Down" (Seymour, Cameron McKenzie) – 2:50
  9. "Always A Fool (For a Pretty Face)" (Seymour, Daniel Denholm) – 4:20
  10. "Sad Songs" (Seymour, F. Hunter) – 4:05
  11. "Supagirl" (Seymour, Palmer) – 3:23
  12. "On My Way Home" (Seymour, David Bridie) - 8:16

Personnel[edit]

  • Mark Seymour – Vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Mazz - drums, percussion
  • Tony Floyd – drums
  • Diamond Jim Kempster - bass guitars
  • Rod Davies - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Daniel Denholm - Korg, Hammond organ, string arrangement
  • Cameron McKenzie - acoustic guitar
  • Helen Mountfort - string arrangement, cello
  • Hope Csutoros - violin
  • Jenny Thomas - violin
  • Tim Henwood - electric guitar
  • Bruce Haymes - Wurlitzer
  • Domenique Guiebois - violin
  • Rachel Whealy - cello
  • Michelle Rose - viola
  • Veronique Serret - violin
  • Chryss Plummer - backing vocal
  • Andrew Carswell - tin whistle
  • Nick Batterham - electric guitar
  • Jack Howard - trumpet
  • Barry Palmer - lead guitar
  • Tim Neil - Hammond organ

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dance music steps up with Avalanches' win", The Age, 4 October 2001, pg 3.
  2. ^ a b Michael Dwyer, "Eyes Wide Open", The Age, 13 July 2001, page 6.
  3. ^ Herald Sun, 15 March 2001, page 52.
  4. ^ Sunday Herald Sun, 11 March 2001, pg 76.
  5. ^ The Australian, 17 March 2001, "The second solo album from Mark Seymour, one of the most influential frontmen of Australian rock, further casts off the shadow of Hunters and Collectors, and moves him closer style-wise, oddly enough, to the musical musings of his brother Nick's old band, Crowded House. Seymour seems to be in a House-Beatlesque period, using lots of strings and melodious arrangements that ooze class and put him squarely in radio-friendly territory, something he once virtually eschewed with the tough, at times experimental, strains of H&C."
  6. ^ CD of the week, The Age, 5 April 2001, page 26.
  7. ^ Bernard Zuel, "Charms Around Me", Sydney Morning Herald, 17 March 2001, page 13, "Seymour has unashamedly grafted himself on to Finn's style. Blue Morning and Lost In Your Illusion could be rejects from the final Crowded House album, Together Alone. Strange Little Town is a step-by-step Finn ballad and Sad Songs is a scarily accurate (though overplayed) pastiche. These are the poppiest songs he's written and some, such as Supagirl, even float with uncharacteristic lightness."
  8. ^ Iain Sheddon, "Hunters' former frontman goes his own sweet way", The Australian, 13 July 2001, pg 11.