Emmett Tinley | Attic Faith

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Attic Faith

by Emmett Tinley

"Up there with the albums of Rufus Wainwright or Jeff Buckley, this is easily Tinley's best work. Truly sublime." Irish Times
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Comfort Me
4:02 $0.99
2. Christmastreet
4:21 $0.99
3. Closer To Happy
5:12 $0.99
4. I Want You
4:18 $0.99
5. Two Years On
4:17 $0.99
6. Heart Still Breaking
4:30 $0.99
7. Killing The One I Love
3:23 $0.99
8. Snow Dome
3:29 $0.99
9. Come To Life
3:23 $0.99
10. Amsterdam Weeps
5:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
Some of what the press has said about Emmett Tinley’s ‘Attic Faith’- “….one of the most stunningly beautiful albums you're likely to hear all year”, “.. the most glorious, heartfelt paeans to loves lost, loves left behind and loves that never really existed in the first place except in your wildest imaginings”, “This debut solo album is…a work of great quality far removed from the morose ramblings of many other singer songwriters.”, “…a gorgeously fragile, deliciously delicate album to make you fall in love with sad songs again.”, “..an elegant and vividly soul-searching album”, “Up there with the albums of Rufus Wainwright or Jeff Buckley. Truly sublime.”

Emmett Tinley was born in Chicago but grew up in Ireland. Through the 1990’s he fronted the critically acclaimed Irish band The Prayer Boat. The band took a break as the new millennium began and Emmett moved to Amsterdam to work on his first solo album. At the end of 2000 he was signed by Craig Kallman to Atlantic Records in New York. The Prayer Boat's final album, 'Polichinelle', was released in the US in March 2001. Emmett embarked on three solo tours of the US but with the label in disarray after 9/11 he decided to return to Europe and focus on recording the new album, ‘Attic Faith’.

Working with mainly jazz musicians from Denmark (Martin Spure on bass, Nikolaj Bundvig on drums and Allin Bang on keyboards) the album began to take shape and Emmett recruited Dutch guitarist Marijn Slager as plans for recording came together. Australian producer Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave, Beth Orton, PJ Harvey) was brought in to produce the album and recording began in New York in March 2003. By the end of the year Attic Faith was finished but Atlantic were unclear about what to do next.

Plans were put on hold and Emmett moved back to Dublin, where he finally convinced Atlantic to allow him an Ireland-only release. Attic Faith was licensed to Independent Records and was released in April 2005 to rave reviews and a first-ever chart position at 28. The album went on to be nominated for the Choice Music Prize (the Irish Mercury Prize) for Best Irish Album of 2005.
Emmett parted company with Atlantic in May 2006 and, though planning to license ‘Attic Faith’ for wider release, he is busy working on a new album.



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amsterdam weep

this cd is just absolutely beautiful in every way..i can relate to many of the lyrics on this album..emmett tinley is just awesome!!!


Top Lyrics and Tunes
"I want you" is the perfect radio track, though my fav is the quiet "Amsterdam weeps". His higher pitched vocal range generally works well, but can be a bit strident in parts (eg. 2:25 and 3:22 into "Christmastreet"). Look forward to his next release!

Georgia Beaverson

I'm praying for more
This sensitive, emotive, heart-rending album is on continuous loop on my iPod and stereo, right along with the Prayer Boat's last album, the equally beloved Polichinelle. Intelligent and evocative lyrics combine with music spot-on appropriate for Emmett's lyrical and almost ghostly voice. He's a poet with a piano. More--MUCH more--please, Emmett, please!!

David Joura, Czech Republic

great thing is simple to comment:
amazing music with bright voice and lyrics

travis jordan

"Unrecognized Masterpiece"
A phenominal album, from an extremely underated artist, it is beautifully written from front to back. I get the the feelings of deep blues, greys, and the color of the sky when snow is falling in the early evening. Five stars straight through till the end.

David Allen

Undiscovered Gem...
Is there no Justice in this world. Beautiful music, beautiful voice. Deserves to be massive. If you are true fan of music, not just a fan of hype then you owe it to yourself to buy this....