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U

by XUK

A textural landscape populated with soaring guitars, keyboards, pounding drums and Simon’s signature “Bowie-esque” vocals.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lost
3:56 album only
2. Tomorrow Today
4:24 album only
3. The Show
4:06 album only
4. Cafe Lyon
3:19 album only
5. Weird People
4:16 album only
6. No More Mister Night Sky
4:36 album only
7. Forest of Dreams
4:26 album only
8. U
4:15 album only
9. All These Circles
3:23 album only
10. Paul
1:06 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
XUK's second album is a solo venture of singer/songwriter Simon Holden. It signals a departure from the band's original blend of 70’s classic rock and symphonic styles to a harder-edged, textural landscape populated with soaring guitars, keyboards, pounding drums and Simon’s signature “Bowie-esque” vocals. “U” explores relationship themes that hark back to the band’s debut album with the songs “Tomorrow/Today”, “Café Lyon” and “Forest of Dreams” but also explores the individual’s role in today’s polarized world with songs like “Weird People”, “The Show” and the title track “U”. Listeners will find memorable melodies and thought-provoking themes. Play it LOUD - and sing along!

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DanCuesta

Full of awesomeness!
Great awesome album!. Talented musicians , british band.. love this genre . great one
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Ray Bravo

XUK's new album
XUK’s new album addresses personal and social issues with rock solid music and
thought provoking lyrics. “Lost” laments a loss of reality where truth has become
subjective and people lack accountability. Great music and lyrics in “Tomorrow/Today”-
a yearning to “right the ship” in a society gone awry.
A consistent thread of social commentary paired with expert instrumentation
throughout the album has resulted in a true artistic achievement!
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Andymac

Love it
Awesome!! Really loved this album. Full of energy & fun.
Not constipated like so much music out there.
Keep it coming
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Music Lover

U by XUK
I have the first album by this extremely talented British band and I never get bored with it! This band is brilliant, inventive, innovative and their style has an array of elements that create the perfect vibe! And this second album is just as great! and has so many surprises! Poppy, yet grungy, rocky yet progressive and just downright amazing! I'm sure I will be listening to this forever . It's a great companion piece to the first album! or great just on it's own! XUK please release a third album ASAP! And everyone out there , do yourself a favor and get this album now!
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Mike

Mood Pop Music!
This is a great listen! The production and mood is reminiscent of Bowie's Blackstar, but isn't a copycat at all. This album doesn't sound anything like XUK's first album, and I love that! Both are great, mind you.

U is musically diverse, yet cohesive sonic-ally. Great hooks throughout! Diverse instrumentation as well (did I hear a trombone in one of the cuts? Maybe, maybe not).

Tomorrow Today is my current favorite track from the album. Great chorus!

Spend a few bob on this album, will ya? You will thank me later.
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Sam A.

Tomorrow Today!
Reminiscent of the best of early Genesis and Peter Gabriel though more digestible, the whole album reads like a provocative commentary with important messages for our modern times wrapped in gorgeous, sweeping production. The masterstroke"Tomorrow Today" hooks you immediately and challenges the paralysis of our society in the face of madness. The self-reflective "Weird People" calls into doubt any notion that we are not all the same human race worthy of redemption. "The Show" layers vocals and instruments into a crescendo of false bravado and hypocrisy. XUK is known for quality pop, and this takes it to the next level, worth listening not just for the expert melodies and colorful instrumentation, but the message behind it which can be equally compassionate, biting and brutal.
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Tom

U
Great CD. The Bowie comparisons are spot on but it is certainly not derivative. Equal to the quality of the first album in every way. Great tunes and lyrics that make you think.
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Paul

Listen to U
Great record! You can hear the subtle influences of other artists, but XUK have created a fresh and original sound - and they have something to say lyrically as well!
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Max

Spirit of '69'
Simon has demonstrated a remarkable perceptiveness reminiscent of some of the best work coming out of the late 60's and applied it to present day situational context, all wrapped up in a delightful package of interconnected story telling. The varied musical statements are coupled beautifully with the varied themes of the songs . It "listens" like a terrific novel "reads" . You don't want to put it down. You can't wait to hear what he has to say in the next tune and when you're done you're hungry for more............a little saddened to be leaving the emotional world that you were ushered into. My personal favorite at this point: Forest of Dreams. I love its' stark statement of personal responsibility.
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Ian Goddard

eclectic mix of songs some immediately accessible and some weird overall great l
To be fair its like nothing you're going to hear elsewhere these days. I must admit it took me a little time to absorb probably because of its difference to the stuff you hear today. I had the chance to listen to it on an aeroplane with my new Bose in ear phones and that's when I "got" most of the tunes. Favourite tracks for me are numbers, 2, 6, 7 , 8 and particularly 9. The last track "Paul" is just weird and Mr Holden clearly needs his head feeling.
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