Richard McGraw | Song & Void Vol. 1

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Song & Void Vol. 1

by Richard McGraw

Trained in the Lyrical School of Leonard Cohen; If you like Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Neil Young; Will Oldham
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Butter Hill
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2. Natasha in Highschool
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3. Find Me Then
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4. Death is Not Peace
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5. St. Anthony
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6. To Keep You Safe
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7. The Things That Devils Bring
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8. Hopefully
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9. The Masses and the Craftsmen
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10. Are You Still
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11. Navy Blue
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12. The Many
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13. Where Men Go
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Album Notes
"The record is a true masterpiece, and each song sheds light
on a differentaspect of the human element."
-Performing Songwriter Magazine

"We are nearly halfway through 2006, and
Song and Void is the best album to be released."

"Nick Cave. Bob Dylan. Leonard Cohen. Tom Waits.... a man who is following in the footsteps of the greats in a massively competent way... He sings of misery, memorial, mortality, and loss. He evokes religious imagery, erecting church houses to pray in and supreme beings to beseech."

"Was singer-songwriter Richard McGraw ever a Catholic altar boy? His combination of Nick Cave's religiosity and Leonard Cohen's sensuality sure qualifies him."

"Ας πάρουμε όμως τα πράγματα από την αρχή: ο Richard McGraw είναι ένας τραγουδοποιός που ενσαρκώνει ιδανικά τον μέσο αμερικάνο singer / songwriter"

Quand, sur la platine, ai posé "Song and void", deuxième album de Richard McGraw, l'ai cru, dès "butter hill", le premier morceau, échappé du "no more shall we part" de Nick Cave.

"Well if there's one thing I hate it's angsty singer / songwriters armed with acoustic guitars and reams of faux-meaningful lyrics...But strangely, I really really liked this from the start, and was quickly sucked into his tales of mortality and memorial...I hope it gets the success it deserves. "



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ian charles

4 Cd's have me taken to heart so far this year
Indeed, I have heard so much music this year. I have heard so much hype this year about music. Oh how I love music so much.
Richard McGraw has made a true artistic statement. With that, art must be absorbed, seen, felt, and heard by each individual to be appreciated individually and completely without interference.This music is beyond the shallow reaches of hype. It is way beyond the average musicality and lyricism that strains it's way through most of our psyche. People? please, hear this Cd. Listen to it and accept it's pain, beauty, song and void. At least until next time. Oh yeah in case you care, (My other three CD's for the year are by: Erik Balkey, Glenn Kotche, John Holt.

Richard, UK

I can't praise it highly enough. One of my favourite albums and as moving as anything I've heard.

Smother Magazine, J-Sin

honey on wounds
Sounding like a bunch of old ‘78s and ‘45s mixed together, “Song and Void” jumps ship from Brit-pop to ‘60’s psych pop to hipster folk rock. He has an interesting voice that feels, really really feels, his lyrics. That lyrical twist that he boasts is rangy and well versed, seeming to tell your own tale without letting you in on the secret. Melancholy blends into fistfuls of rage and then pours honey on wounds with sweet pop. It’s different that’s for sure.


Very Nice
This album is as good as everyone says it is.


Natasha in Highschool
This song alone is worth the price of the record!

merideth of 75 or Less

An heir to Lyle Lovett and Richard Thompson, Richard McGraw sings of loss and resentment over a variety of musical moods; they range from sorrowful swing to rolling accordion to epic rock guitar. His voice shifts from plaintive to fierce; at one point, he declares, "If I have to kill to keep you safe, point to the man and I will plan his end." With his unique, sometimes antique, always unpredictable sound, I predict McGraw will get much further in his career than "long-haired, 45 and still rockin out at the county fair."


CD is worth a buy. The CD remembers me on Nick Cave and Tom Waits. I just got a little bit strange about the song number two on disk. doesn't fit in the concept - but - just my opinion. missing a little bit the own thing, but like to hear it, before fallin' into sleep after a long and hard work-day.
good cd, best song is track number one ;)

The first outstanding thing you will notice about this album is the exquisite packaging. It is appropriate for the contents, for they are both ornate in their simplicity. The music will pick at the yolk of your psyche by reminding you of the fears, inadequate feelings, frustration, and joys of everyday life. It does not bother to include the rest of the world, instead it keeps it very personal, sticking to subjects that are universally personal. These are the songs we have all wanted to write while staring at a lone cloud in quiet reflection and speculation on the past and of the future.

The lyrical style of Richard McGraw is a unique blend of Leonard Cohen and Conway Savage, which is a huge complement to Mr. McGraw. It is very up-close and personal, as if he were in the room with you and speaking directly to you about your own past, the anxiety of mortality, and how or even if (gasp) you will be memorialized. Another complement was given to Mr. McGraw by the John Lennon songwriting contest in 2003 where he was a finalist.

Though most of this album was recorded in one or two takes back in the winter of 2004, it sounds as if it was done a thousand times to get that perfect feeling in the voice, to emote just how genuine these songs are. The songs were refined for over a year, and when the money ran out, the album was declared complete. Thank God the money ran out.

It would be a shame to miss out on this working class hero's labor of love, because it is so genuine, and pure. Musicians of this caliber need to be supported by lovers of music to show them that what they do matters, and we need more like them.

-Jason Hall 05/01/06

françois clemens

I am already waiting for vol. 2
finally a new artist with exceptional creative powers, at par with the great names in rock history (Tim Buckley, Tom Waits,...). I am already looking forward to vol. 2

simone stevens

i'm in love
Beautiful, hilarious,and at times a wee bit favourite kind of storytelling. So many great harmonies and arrangements... it's like a very full-bodied glass of wine that i want to sip slowly until the bottle is empty. I bought it twice.
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