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Format: CD
Label: Epic (USA)
Catalog: 86807
Rel. Date: 10/07/2003
UPC: 696998680722

Stop All the World Now
Artist: Howie Day
Format: CD
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Howie Day is only 22 years old, but the guy knows himself better than most people twice his age. "Brace yourself with all that you have," he warns on the first track of his second album. "I'm in love again." While you're at it, you should probably shutter the blinds and lock the doors, cause Howie is a full-force gale of emotion, and he will not be denied. Stop All the World Again is full of similarly bold-faced emotions, for which we can equally blame callow youth, grandiose windswept-desert-landscape-backdrop production (loads of hard-strummed acoustic, billowing dewdrop electric lead, stirring tempos, hidden pianos, not so hidden strings), and Day's voice, whose husk is just this side of hoarse and which sounds the way the way Russell Crowe looks: weathered, hope-against-hopeful, and eminently slappable.

Critics have unfairly compared Day to Radiohead (and occasionally Badly Drawn Boy)-it's plain to hear that he's actually paying the sincerest form of flattery to the band Thom & Co. were accused of ripping off early in their career: U2. Just listen to the Bono-esque way Day tears into the climactic "yeee-ooooouuuuu!"s of "Perfect Time of Day"-he sounds like his life is at stake, or at least his HMO eligibility. If he's nowhere near as wretchedly overwrought as Conor Oberst, that's because Day doesn't have a subculture to preach to, one that'll accept him just as he is. When you're grabbing at the big-pop brass ring, you've gotta apply the gauze. And of course, you've gotta let 'em see you sweat. Whew.

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