Solace (Xavier Rudd album)

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Studio album by Xavier Rudd
Released 28 March 2004 (2004-03-28) (Australia)
Genre Blues'nRoots
Label Salt X/Universal Music Australia
Producer Xavier Rudd, Todd Simko
Xavier Rudd chronology
Live at the Grid
(2003)Live at the Grid2003
Good Spirit
(2005)Good Spirit2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Solace is the second album from Australian roots musician Xavier Rudd, released in Australia on 28 March 2004 and which debuted in the top twenty of the ARIA album chart on 5 April 2004. It is his first record distributed by a major label with distribution by Universal Music Australia. Solace's success earned Rudd two ARIA Music Awards nominations for Best Breakthrough Artist (album) and Best Blues and Roots Album at the 2005 ceremony, but lost to Jet's Get Born and John Butler Trio's Sunrise Over Sea, respectively.

Conception and production[edit]

The album was recorded entirely on his own featuring his guitar, several didgeridoos, a wooden box, an array of slide and acoustic guitars and percussion instruments. It was recorded in Vancouver. His personal friend and producer, Todd Simko, helped him through the recording.


The second song, "3 Degrees" is a short track about a time where Rudd describes an event that took place in Nashville, Tennessee. The ninth song, "A Fourth World," was played by Rudd in front of live crowd and told them he didn't have a name for it yet. After the show a fan went up to him and said he thought he had a good name for the song. He said "a fourth world" because there's a third world, but "there's also a fourth world where people who don't have an existence, who are sort of trapped."[2]

The eleventh song, "No Woman No Cry", is a cover of Bob Marley's 1975 song. While on tour with Melissa Ferrick he was struck by her performance of "No Woman No Cry." He decided to record his own version that would recapture the melancholy he experienced from hearing Melissa's version. Two songs, "Shelter" and "Let Me Be," were released as singles in Australia.

Triple J Hottest 100, 2003 #54 Let me be[3]

Triple J Hottest 100, 2004 #56 Shelter, #59 Solace [4]

Track listing[edit]

2."3 Degrees"0:53
3."Let Me Be"4:13
6."In Transit"1:31
8."Journey Song"2:41
9."A Fourth World"3:53
10."Yirra Kurl"1:30
11."No Woman No Cry"4:24
14."Green Spandex"3:56


Chart (2004/05) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[5] 13


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] Platinum 70,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone



  • Xavier Rudd - Guitar, Harmonica, Drums, Vocals, Didjeridu, Bells, Slide Guitar, Djembe, Shaker, Slide Banjo, Aztec Drum, Guitar (12 String Electric), Stomp Box, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
  • Todd Simko - Banjo, Shaker, Omnichord


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Solace Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Newton, Steve (17 February 2005). "Caught Between Two Worlds". 
  3. ^ "triple j's Hottest 100". Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  4. ^ "triple j's Hottest 100". Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  5. ^ " – Xavier Rudd – Solace". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 28 April 2018.