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American Sunshine is the tenth solo album by Scottish-Australian singer Colin Hay, released on 18 August 2009.
As with all of Colin Hay's music, American Sunshine contains largely personal songs; for example, "There's Water Over You" describes Hay's relationship with his parents. Unlike Going Somewhere, the tracks of American Sunshine are backed by Hay's band. This move away from minimalist, acoustic music is something Colin Hay established with his previous album, Man @ Work. However, Hay performs a great many of these tracks solo at his live appearances.
Allmusic called the album "a cheerfully mellow collection of easy rolling folk-pop", summarizing its mood by commenting that Hay "remains infatuated with what happens under the Southern Californian sun, whether it's rhapsodizing over the state itself or cherishing a flirtation with a shop girl, and it's easy to share his affections thanks to his easy, tasteful tunes." Popmatters also gave a firmly positive assessment of the album, commenting that "Throughout his solo career, Hay has specialized in agreeable, comfortable pop rock in the better sense of the words, and it’s safe to say he’s been getting better as he goes."
Company Of Strangers is the seventh solo album by Scottish-Australian singer Colin Hay. It was released in 2002 on Hay's independent record label, Lazy Eye.
In Erelwine's Allmusic review he indicates that whilst the album was largely unnoticed in 2002, it did become a minor pivotal moment in Hay's career. "At this time, he had yet to become a regular on L.A.’s Largo-based singer/songwriter scene and was still struggling to shake off the stigma of being a new wave relic. While he was struggling to hit upon the right image, he had found the right sound, creating nicely crafted mature music that swayed between sunbleached strummed acoustics and clever little pop numbers."
Other reviews of the album describe it as a powerful blend of acoustic guitars, rock and R styles, lush string arrangements, storytelling lyrics and distinctive vocal melodies, with highlights including the hard driving rocker, "I Got Woken Up", the delicate "Company of Strangers" and the colorful "Beautiful World".
In 2010 the album was remastered, re-packaged in an Eco wallet and re-issued by Compass Records, with the inclusion of a bonus track, an acoustic re-working of "Company of Strangers".
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Gathering Mercury is the eleventh studio album album by Colin Hay, released on May 9, 2011 on Compass Records. Regarding the album's thematic content, Hay stated, "I think it’s about life and loss and the injustice of the way the universe is set up; how we lose people we love."
The album is partly inspired by the passing of Hay's father in 2010. Upon the album's release, Hay noted, "The loss of my father last year brought an unavoidable emotional contingent to writing and recording. I don’t have a definitive belief in an afterlife, but I do feel like I had his help when I was working on this album, especially alone late at night, in the studio. [...] The night my father died, I was in Glasgow on the River Clyde, about twenty streets away from where he was born. There’s some kind of bleak poetry in that, very bleak."
Gathering Mercury was recorded at Hay's home studio, The Washroom.
Going Somewhere is the sixth solo album by Scottish-Australian singer Colin Hay, released in 2001.
An extended version of the album features two bonus tracks:
A special Australian tour edition added an acoustic reworking of Overkill as the first track, in response to Hay's appearance performing the song on the hit show Scrubs. The track would later reappear on the 2003 album Man_@_Work.
The song, "Waiting for My Real Life to Begin", has been featured in eight television series: Scrubs (sung by the cast), Dawson's Creek, The Hills, What About Brian, Cane, The Cleaner, Miami Medical, and Brothers & Sisters.
In December 2005, Hay and Heather Mills digitally re-released "My Brilliant Feat" as a charity single as a tribute to the late footballer George Best who died on 25 November 2005. Proceeds went to the Donor Family Network supporting organ donor families and promoting organ and tissue donation.
Looking for Jack is the debut solo album by former Men at Work lead singer Colin Hay, released in 1987.
In their retrospective review, Allmusic criticized the album's "big drum sound and big rock arrangements", which they said "threaten at times to overshadow Hay's songwriting and singing." However, they praised the title track and "Circles Erratica" as highlights of Hay's career.
This song is the track #6 for the editions of “Looking for Jack” album released outside USA. It’s also a B-side for the “Can I Hold You?” single.
Man @ Work is the eighth solo album by Scottish singer Colin Hay, released by Compass Records in July 2003.
The album is essentially a career-retrospective for Hay: he is best known as the lead singer for the 1980s Australian pop band Men at Work, and roughly half of the songs on this album are Hay's solo studio renderings of works from the Men at Work catalog, while several others are remixes or re-recordings of material from his solo albums. Some songs are almost identical to the original recordings (e.g. "Be Good Johnny") while others are complete reinterpretations (e.g. acoustic versions of "Down Under" and "Who Can It Be Now?").
The album concludes with a version of "Down Under" recorded with the group Wild Clams.
Allmusic gave a mostly negative review of the album, saying of the Men at Work covers that "While such acoustic Men at Work tracks as "Overkill" and "Who Can It Be Now?" are quite charming and worth hearing, the pointless re-recordings of "Be Good Johnny" and "It's a Mistake" (which are almost identical to the originals) are pretty darn pointless." They summarized his solo reworkings as "worth hearing, but of course, they're not up to the high Business as Usual
Transcendental Highway is the fifth solo album by Scottish-Australian singer Colin Hay, released in 1998. (See 1998 in music). Re-Released 21 April 2009 (with hidden extras).
All songs written by Colin Hay except where noted: