Mark Roebuck | The World and All Within

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The World and All Within

by Mark Roebuck

Mark Roebuck, reunited with former Deal drummer Michael Clarke, delivers a powerful CD of harmonic, driving rock; reminiscent of Big Star and the Byrds.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One More Fall
2:34 $0.99
2. Billboard Blue
3:53 $0.99
3. Lazarus (Low to the Ground)
3:28 $0.99
4. King William County's the Place
3:26 $0.99
5. One Bad Day
2:38 $0.99
6. Holden
2:42 $0.99
7. God Is a Gun
3:10 $0.99
8. Gratitude
2:45 $0.99
9. After Day After
2:40 $0.99
10. The Door in the Wall
3:46 $0.99
11. Sunlight and Marigolds (And You)
2:36 $0.99
12. To Conquer
3:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Mark Roebuck, a singer/songwriter living in Virginia has just released The World And All Within, in collaboration with former Deal drummer Michael Clarke and Charlottesville Musician Tim Ryan. The first reviews are in!

In the April issue of the online magazine Absolute Powerpop, Steve Ferra writes that The World and All Within “is a wonderful collection of Byrds/Big Star/Badfinger-styled pop. "One More Fall" opens the album in fine fashion with some Byrdsian flair, and "Billboard Blue" follows in the same vein. Other tracks of note include "King William County's the Place" which has a British-sounding rustic-era Kinks feel, the lovely ballad "Holden", and the rocking "God is a Gun."

The April issue of Powerpopholic Magazine gave the album 8 out of 10 stars writing that “Mark Roebuck has a pretty impressive history in power pop, even if he isn’t quiet a household name. Mark’s 1980’s power pop band, the Deal; was at one time signed to Bearsville/Warner Brothers Records, and eventually carried by Not Lame Records where his anthology “Goodbye September,” was a top seller. After several collaborations with several bands, and partners (including Dave Matthews) he took some time off.
Now reunited with former Deal drummer Michael Clarke, he delivers a powerful CD of harmonic, driving rock. Mark’s style vocally is very similar to Cat Stevens, and I’m sure you’ll hear similarities in the ballads. “After Day After” is a Badfingerish tune with a great ear worm chorus that really sticks, while “Billboard Blue” boasts a solid guitar riff and is like a mix of Bob Mould and The Byrds. More standouts include “God Is A Gun” and “Gratitude.” The slow “King William County Is The Place” is an earnest ballad, that uses a fuzz guitar riff in the chorus that transforms seamlessly to a rocker. Highly Recommended.”

In 2003, Not Lame Records released “Goodbye September,” an anthology of recorded music from Mark’s 1980’s power pop band, the Deal; a band that was at one time signed to Bearsville/Warner Brothers Records. This CD met with rave reviews, and was one of Not Lame’s best sellers of 2003. Writing in Pop Matters Music Magazine, Gary Glauber cited it as one of the top ten releases of 2003, stating that “Mark Roebuck writes songs based on acoustic sounds with harmonies, and gentle folk rock. Add the kind of powerful guitarist you’d only find in louder bands and you’ve got the winning paradox that was the sound of the Deal.” Rick Schadelbauer wrote in Amplifier Magazine that the CD was “driven by the vocal and songwriting talents of Mark Roebuck and the guitar artistry of Haines Fullerton,” and stated that the music was “intelligent, quirky pop with a heart…keeping it hidden any longer would have been truly criminal.” In Shindig Magazine, Phil Suggitt wrote that “the Deal had a lot going for them, particularly Mark Roebuck’s songwriting ability and their vocal sound.” In the Italian Power Pop Magazine, Shake It Up!, Claudio Sossi gave the CD 7.8 stars out of 10, and wrote that “its hard to find the songs anything short of irresistible. The Deal searched for the perfect power pop song and found it in “Cinnamon Square,” a composition that in 1988 led Musician magazine to name the Deal one of the top 20 unsigned bands in the world.
In 2005, Mark Roebuck was playing with a five man power guitar group called Big Circle. They released a fourteen song CD called “Things May Change,” that received wide praise and rave reviews. In the All Music Guide, Lindsay Planer gave the CD 4 stars, and wrote that it was “a stunning collection of interesting modern jangle-pop compositions, brimming with catchy and charismatic hooks that more often than not take the melodies into compelling and unexpected places…Mark Roebuck’s material is as brilliant as ever.” In Shindig Magazine, Jon Mills wrote that the music had “crafted melodies backed by chugging guitars. It’s way better than most American Power Pop.” Fufkin Magazine wrote that the material was “as radio friendly as indie pop can get.”
In 2005, Mark also released Tribe of Heaven, “Imagine We Were,” a collection of recordings originally done with Dave Matthews in 1989-90 that has become one of CD Baby’s 20 top selling albums of all time. It includes three co-written compositions. One of these, The Song That Jane Likes, was included on the Dave Matthews Band’s first release, Remember Two Things in 1994, an album that has since gone platinum. The song was also on their Live At the Gorge CD, which premiered in Billboard’s Top Ten List in the summer of 2004 and which ultimately achieved gold record status.
In 2006 Roebuck, released “Some Half-Remembered Thing,” a collection of glistening power pop recorded with Noonday Ruin, a band made up of several former members of Big Circle. This recording marked the first time Mark and Tony Fischer had collaborated in the studio together. Bruce Brodeen, president of Not Lame Records wrote in reviewing the CD that “Mark soars and shines as only he can. He has one of the more unique and truly beautiful voices you'll hear in pop…” Rock critic Robert Pally, in Swiss Records magazine, gave the CD 7.5 stars, and Sweden's Timo Kangas declared it to be "a cult album for those who love Big Star and the Hollies..."
In 2011, Mark Roebuck and Tony Fischer released Midnight to Morning, a fifteen song all-original acoustic project with continued emphasis on elaborate, multi-layered harmony and chiming guitars. Ray Gianchetti, in Kool Kat Music, wrote of Midnight to Morning: “…it’s a gorgeous acoustic project…we hear strains of Arthur Lee, Love and America throughout this beautiful record…” Four songs were included from Mark’s old Deal catalogue, along with eleven written in a flurry over the course of a handful of days.
After several years away from music, in 2016 Mark reunited with his former Deal band-mate Michael Clarke. In collaboration with Charlottesville musician and engineer Tim Ryan, they released The World And All Within, a twelve song album of driving underground pop-rock and acoustic Americana reminiscent of the Byrds and Big Star. Mike Clarke’s years away from music seems only to have made his drumming more precise, expressive and powerful; and the sound is in many ways a direct continuation of the sonic and atmosphere of their old band the Deal. Even former Deal drummer Hugh Patton dropped in to provide some driving percussion.



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Claire Fullerton

Love It.
Mood and melody and sensibilities reminiscent of Brian Wilson's orchestral symphonies flavored with the harmonies of Simon and Garfunkle, and I'll now stop comparing this artist with anybody else, in an attempt at constructing a frame of reference. Mark Roebuck is his own musician; the real deal, and you may have noticed I didn't capitalize deal. Because he's grown above and beyond The Deal, while staying true to everything there was to like about that thrilling power-pop band, of which he stood golden at the center, wielding his God-given voice on behalf of so many of us coming of age. The World and All Within gives us more of Some Half-Remembered Thing, in that Roebuck's gift for lyrically crafting his songs in such a metaphoric way that each can be interpreted according to the calibration of the listener. Here is a songwriter who doesn't give the listener the story; he invites the listener to divine the story for themselves, which, to me, is hitting the highest note of what it means to be a song-writer. And oh the cleanliness of Mark Roebuck's craft as it gives stage for that voice! Some stand-outs for me on this CD are One More Fall, King William County's the Place, Holden and Sunlight and Marigolds ( And You.) These are the songs I play over and over, wanting more of their experience, and each time I do, I hear more to love. This CD is sonorous intelligence at its lyrical best and absolutely pleasing to the core.