James Speer | sixes and sevens

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sixes and sevens

by James Speer

Piano driven passionate rock influenced by Peter Gabriel, Coldplay, and Dave Mathews. Speer has catchy songs that you will find sneaking up on you when you wake up each morning or afternoon, or whenever you get up.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Soak the Radio
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2. Already gone
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3. It would seem
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4. Clean
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5. View
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6. Blue Bowl
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7. Farewell to Nichole
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8. I never
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9. Been a long time...
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10. Flatliner
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11. Sleep
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12. Blood Red Eyes
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13. Jupiter's Demeanor
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14. Balance
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
James Speer has playing the piano almost as long as he has been walking. He got started by hearing a Fleetwood Mac song at a record store when the chorus got stuck in his head. He has been writing and playing ever since. Being classically trained but growing up in the "classic rock" environment gives James a unique approach and style to his music. That, along with some of Austins finest musicians, has helped to make an incredible album in "sixes & sevens." Producer Carl Thiel, is known for his work with Bob Schneider, Monte Montgomery, Lisa Tingle, Dames Violet, Vallejo and others. This is the kind of album that can become " the soundtrack to your life."

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Austin Chronicle MATT DENTLER

"Flatliner" hints at the greatness this band has waiting for it.
OCTOBER 17, 2003: MUSIC: PHASES AND STAGES

Texas Platters

BY MATT DENTLER

Speer

Sixes & Sevens
Hesitation has nowhere to hide on Sixes & Sevens , the debut from local rock quartet Speer. Stutters pop in and out, but arrangements are so assured, nearly every second feels confident. This is the kind of sing-for-your-supper entertainment you get from a session band as seasoned as the one Austin vocalist/pianist James Speer has put together. The songs are ripe to bursting, ready to stand center stage. Backing everyone from Vallejo to Monte Montgomery, Speer understands the meaning of fleshing out a good tune until it's ready to pop. There's no other explanation why songs like "View" pack so much punch from within simple melodies. Evidently, Speer learned plenty from the back of the stage, considering this album is miles beyond most of the Sixth Street headliners he plays with. Speer sings like Bob Mould and plays piano like Joe Jackson. He writes songs made for the stage, though they're occasionally too saccharine. Big Head Todd makes more in-your-face music than this. While good tunes don't always have to be ballsy, Speer could stand to throw a curve every once in a while. "Blue Bowl" and "It Would Seem" are almost too easily likable. What the songs lack in edge, Speer compensates for in delivery. Meanwhile, "Flatliner" hints at the greatness this band has waiting for it. With only one album under their belt, Speer already sounds like a group of pop veterans.
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Mike from Madison

Highly recommended! Soulful and driving.
Sixes and sevens combines awesome instrumentals with thought-provoking lyrics. I cannot listen to this CD while doing other things because it draws me in. I succumb to the Speer pressure and allow the music to take me where it wants. It's a great trip though, and one I highly recommend.
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Lobelia

Nothing Less Than Superb
This CD combines all the elements needed to make it in my top five albums of the last five years. Every song is great. The production makes me want to rerecord all my previous efforts and the songwriting is nothing less than superb. (hanging my head in shame) :-) Do yourself a favor, BUY THIS CD!
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