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Tom Baxter — Skybound
Album: Skybound
Avg rating:
6.8

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Total ratings: 2187









Released: 2008
Length: 6:30
Plays (last 30 days): 3
tom's the name that you know me by
and i'm 5'11, brown eyes
otherwise i'm just like you
see i've made my mistakes like we all do

but i'm skybound, i don't look down
i've got too much to live for

and i've learnt how to play it
with one foot in front of the other
there's no way to win it
just spin around and around

people walk with their heads down low
too afraid to be more
people talk with their voices low
too afraid to say more

but i'm skybound, no i don't look down
i've got too much to live for

and i've learnt how to play it
with one foot in front of the other
and there's no way to win it
we all just spin around and around

(instrumental)

learn how, learn how, learn how, learn how

you can learn how to play it
with one foot in front of the other
and there's no way to win it
we just spin around and around

round and around, round and around,
round and around, round and around....
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Lovely. 
OMG, he's from my (small) home town!! Never heard of him. Nik Kershaw also from around there. Easy listening.
 Will62 wrote:

Not sure I understand the reference to 'suits the channel'. The very essence of RP is to provide a panoply of world music, irrespective of the listener's taste. If the good folk of RP were to be 'choosy' with the content, they defeat the purpose of this station entirely. Note the 'PSD' button is provided for any and all who find a track that is not 'suitable'.
Sorry to sound snide but I find RP to be an oasis in a sea of mediocrity that purports to promote 'music'. Long may it stay this way. 
 
Maybe there were listening to the Rock Mix at the time.
Skybound reminds me of Radiohead but its more grounded and personal. ---- sounds like it was recorded using analog (real) instruments and voice. Now I have to go back and relisten to Radiohead: do they mix in digitally created sounds, or are they all analog sounds, too? Anyway, I am really am enjoying hearing Bonobo and I don't think I've ever heard this performer before. How did that happen?
Upon first listen, an easy 7. 
really digging this tune.  Builds similar to a Glen Hansard song would.
Love the guitar, love the lyrics. Not nearly as fond of the soaring violins - they seem to actually weigh the song down. 
 Alastair wrote:
Maybe it's lockdown but the instrumental break just made me cry.  


 


The ultimate song to chill to. A strong 7!
 Alastair wrote:
Maybe it's lockdown but the instrumental break just made me cry.  
 
Quite understandable. Glad you still have your human spirit and emotion. 
Maybe it's lockdown but the instrumental break just made me cry.  
 testpilot wrote:
A poppy tune, the elitist attitude in lyrics... I wonder if this guy might be a hipster...

...and sure enough - he is. Down to the bloody fauxhawk.

I'm no racist but I'd be more comfortable if he sat at the back of the bus.
 
He is actually a really nice guy, not sure what that says about you.
Was loving it, then he opened his gob.
Thanks for this one RP - first heard it a little while ago and it's totally under my skin now and a firm favourite in our house.
 lizardking wrote:

triple Amen then!!  And that's why I say "LONG LIVE RP!!"

I also just bumped my 7→8 - I love the personal lyrics, the gentle feel of the piano and the mood I'm in when the song ends, which I believe BillG will add to when he plays (another 8 rated track) Heaven by the Rolling Stones.  Thanks BnR for the musical oasis as well described by Will62!!

 
I went 8 to 9 at some point...this tune get's me feeling good afterwards, a great way to spend 6.5 minutes at work!  LLRP!!
somewhat overproduced but still a big 7 for me
 amatura3 wrote:
Would be nice if was instrumental only.
 
Yes, there really is a lush orchestral backing.
Would be nice if was instrumental only.
Good stuff!
Really enjoyed this piece of music.
Very nice
Sounds like Radiohead :)
I love this song !
Love Tim Finn!
Wonderful segue from Sphongle.
Lifts my spirit! Very nice tune. 
Very interesting, and quite wonderful......... 10   .....from this great Naugatuck town in Connecticut ......    :o)
 Will62 wrote:

Not sure I understand the reference to 'suits the channel'. The very essence of RP is to provide a panoply of world music, irrespective of the listener's taste. If the good folk of RP were to be 'choosy' with the content, they defeat the purpose of this station entirely. Note the 'PSD' button is provided for any and all who find a track that is not 'suitable'.
Sorry to sound snide but I find RP to be an oasis in a sea of mediocrity that purports to promote 'music'. Long may it stay this way. 
onemorebyte wrote:

Amen and AMEN!

 
triple Amen then!!  And that's why I say "LONG LIVE RP!!"

I also just bumped my 7→8 - I love the personal lyrics, the gentle feel of the piano and the mood I'm in when the song ends, which I believe BillG will add to when he plays (another 8 rated track) Heaven by the Rolling Stones.  Thanks BnR for the musical oasis as well described by Will62!!

 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
Nice piano work. 

 
Yes, in fact the whole orchestral arrangement is excellent.
I love how this grows, and grows on me too.  7 for starters.
Wow, this is absolutely delightful!
Nice piano work. 
 jimtyrrell wrote:
 I agree, I gave it an 8. The poetry is beautiful, the music and vocals are wonderfull.

 
I agree, 8 for the same reason !
I ran the PA system for Tom Baxter whilst he toured supporting Jamie Cullum in the UK. I get shivers every time I hear his music, it gripped every audience and venue we visited. He's amazing. Not only because he and the band gave me a bottle of whiskey at the end of the tour!
 jimtyrrell wrote:
 I agree, I gave it an 8. The poetry is beautiful, the music and vocals are wonderfull.

 
Totally agree - the piano is beautiful, the song keeps moving and crescendoing...
 joseasun wrote:
No idea why this song is so low rated. Love it.

  I agree, I gave it an 8. The poetry is beautiful, the music and vocals are wonderfull.


 Will62 wrote:

Not sure I understand the reference to 'suits the channel'. The very essence of RP is to provide a panoply of world music, irrespective of the listener's taste. If the good folk of RP were to be 'choosy' with the content, they defeat the purpose of this station entirely. Note the 'PSD' button is provided for any and all who find a track that is not 'suitable'.
Sorry to sound snide but I find RP to be an oasis in a sea of mediocrity that purports to promote 'music'. Long may it stay this way. 

 
Amen and AMEN!
No idea why this song is so low rated. Love it.
 czukowski wrote:
Not sure this suits the channel.

 
Not sure I understand the reference to 'suits the channel'. The very essence of RP is to provide a panoply of world music, irrespective of the listener's taste. If the good folk of RP were to be 'choosy' with the content, they defeat the purpose of this station entirely. Note the 'PSD' button is provided for any and all who find a track that is not 'suitable'.
Sorry to sound snide but I find RP to be an oasis in a sea of mediocrity that purports to promote 'music'. Long may it stay this way. 
Sounds like a mix between Low and Elbow, could be worse....
A poppy tune, the elitist attitude in lyrics... I wonder if this guy might be a hipster...

...and sure enough - he is. Down to the bloody fauxhawk.

I'm no racist but I'd be more comfortable if he sat at the back of the bus.
Expressed what I am feeling {#Laughing}
 parnoldo wrote:
I like this one a lot. The piano, strings and acoustic guitar picking blend really nicely. Good driving on a lonely road tune.
 I was too lazy to write my own appraisal so I sought one opinion I agreed with regarding this track. I must agree with the exception of the lonely road reference...


Nice.  I think I want this one. 
Thought this might be a new Willy Porter tune...
Not sure this suits the channel.
nice!
Very Robert Plant-esque!
Enthusiastic
{#Good-vibes}
 1wolfy wrote:
Thought this was Elbow...briefly

 
So did I—he and Garvey share some timbral characteristics.
 1wolfy wrote:
Thought this was Elbow...briefly

 

Silly me.  For 2 seconds, I thought it was Radiohead.  David Gray is much closer.

 

As another poster said: whimsical.


My, now rather big, tube amp loves this.
I like it...fluttery.
First time I've heard this. Decided I like it, even if the production is a little too pedestrian in places.
Love TB, and he's brilliant live. Prefer the "Feather & Stone" album to Skybound, but it's all good! He's got a very talented brother as well - check out Charlie Winston on YouTube.
I like this one a lot. The piano, strings and acoustic guitar picking blend really nicely. Good driving on a lonely road tune.

Sounds llike a Tiny Tim want-to-be.   I had enough of Tiny Tim when he walked through the tulips.....
 Byronape wrote:
Like a more intense David Gray maybe.  It's safe, but pretty good in a whimsical way.
 
I like David Gray, but I like this better.  David sounds a little too much like a piano with lite electronica thrown in.  While there's some of that with Tom, I find that the two elements blend together better.  In David's case, it sounds too much like two elements thrown together.  I like David, but at least based on this one song, I think Tom's sound is more natural and less forced.

 plaid wrote:
Sounds like Damon Albarn. Am I the only one that hears his voice?
 
That's what I thought! I had to click in to see why he was singing such a different tune...

No Sir, don't like it.{#No}
 crockydile wrote:
Sounds like that guy that's always asking for Candy...Paolo Nutini. Not a good thing in my book. They should do a collaboration project...ugh. Sorry I thought of it. {#Embarassed}
 
I had to reply because I like Paolo Nutini but I loathe this.  This just feels like a "smooth jazz" station song, really overproduced.

He's got a nice piano thingy going on there.
Just cranked it up. That must mean I like it.
Just rated it 8. That means I'll have to go out and buy it.

 helgigermany wrote:
I am in the mood for this!
Me, too!  {#Sunny} 


Like a more intense David Gray maybe.  It's safe, but pretty good in a whimsical way.
pretty good
I like this. Has kind of a Tamba 4 Jazz feel in the middle section.
 soulcollision wrote:
6 < 7... intricate and unique.
 
I agree. Bump.
First time I've heard it and it really doesn't do much for me.
I am in the mood for this!
 Wilmshurst wrote:
Apparently, i didnt particulalry care for this when i first heard it - rated 4.  However, this time around, I listened with headphones.  Sounds a lot better.  There is a lot going on in the song that was lost on the speakers i heard it on.  I am still not fond of the very high notes and the "round and around" ad infinitum.  anyway, bumped to 5.
 

This one's growing on me too. I rated it as a 4 at first. Today I bumped it to a 6. Someone else said that it was a good rainy day song. True dat. Rainy day Sunday, looking out the window with a mug of coffee in my hand....
Tedious.
6 < 7... intricate and unique.
Apparently, i didnt particulalry care for this when i first heard it - rated 4.  However, this time around, I listened with headphones.  Sounds a lot better.  There is a lot going on in the song that was lost on the speakers i heard it on.  I am still not fond of the very high notes and the "round and around" ad infinitum.  anyway, bumped to 5.
 bieze wrote:
guitar & piano parts are very likeable indeed! voice could be better
 
If the vocalists could learn to hit the note at the same time, I'd be pleased.
Thought this was Elbow...briefly

This song is lovely in a rainy day kind of way, but his voice reminds me oddly of Nina Simone, who I like even better. So now I would just rather hear Nina Simone.
more please {#Hungry}
guitar & piano parts are very likeable indeed! voice could be better
Is this Art Garfunkel? He sure let his voice go. I mean that in a bad way.

 crockydile wrote:
Sounds like that guy that's always asking for Candy...Paolo Nutini. Not a good thing in my book. They should do a collaboration project...ugh. Sorry I thought of it. {#Embarassed}
 
At least Paolo can hit the high notes, unlike this guy. I had to mute once his voice tried to reach them as it was too painful to hear.


Love it!

really well done. I wish the strings had a more raw middle eastern thing like the guitar intro. the first piano chord kills! but the piano solo is very elevator jazz.


Sounds like Damon Albarn. Am I the only one that hears his voice?
 RadioDoc wrote:

Except that (A-ha's) Hunting High and Low is actually good.

 
Huh.  Well how about that.  Based on my memories of A-ha as an 80s pop band, my preconcieved notion would have been that you would skewer anything by them.  (You're typically a pretty tough customer there Doc.)  This comment though makes me want to give it a listen, and give A-ha a re-think.

As for this song, it's not doing it for me.

Sounds like that guy that's always asking for Candy...Paolo Nutini. Not a good thing in my book. They should do a collaboration project...ugh. Sorry I thought of it. {#Embarassed}
 RadioDoc wrote:

Except that Hunting High and Low is actually good.

 
I dig the "ether mining" part.  {#Clap}

 eve_silver wrote:
Reminds of A-ha's "Hunting high and low" in some parts
 
Except that Hunting High and Low is actually good.

Wonderful song,great piano at the end.
 Kappy wrote:
Say what you want.  I like it.

Tom Baxter is Tom Baxter and Jeff Buckley is Jeff Buckley.  Tom is similar but he is his own artist and still has a right to have a different sound than Buckley.  Imagine that!

I don't think this song is anywhere close to deserving of the volume of negative comments.  Maybe ppl are trying too much to compare him to Buckley.  No, he's not Buckley, because he is Baxter.
 
It's a 2. I'd give it a 1 but you don't want me lumping him in with Jeff Buckley.

 
But really if JB were alive today he'd be all "so this is what I sound like to other people." 
Sounds good, esp. the pianosolo.
Reminds of A-ha's "Hunting high and low" in some parts
Tom Baxter or Thom Yorke??
me likey {#Bananajam}
I like this.
 derekd wrote:
Weird. I hated this the other day and am diggin it now. Ah well...Just raised my rating.
 

I'm like that with this guy too.

Depends on the day —- he seems to amplify whatever mood your in, good or bad.
Weird. I hated this the other day and am diggin it now. Ah well...Just raised my rating.
yeah... it's growing on me.  6>>7
This: good
Icarus Wings: bad
{#Sunny}
Very good ( In my opinion){#Clap}
 Excelsior wrote:
Every single damn day.  {#Puke}
 
You could try taking gravol for that.

this is a beautiful song..
i really like his voice..
its down in the mix a bit..
but a great arrangement..
i like this tom baxter..so far.

I like the lush string arrangement.  But like others before me, I could do without the vocal.  S'ok.  7, mostly for the instrumental parts.

*edit 2/23* I love this and even the vocal is growing on me....

It's still a 2.  Great instrumentals tho.

7—>8.
 tompoll wrote:
Great instrumentation, but sounds a bit contrived to me. Maybe forced? 6

 

I agree. Great music. Poopy vocals.

...maybe I spoke too soon. This actually isn't bad. Starts off questionable...ends well. And again...love the music!
 Kappy wrote:
Say what you want.  I like it.

Tom Baxter is Tom Baxter and Jeff Buckley is Jeff Buckley.  Tom is similar but he is his own artist and still has a right to have a different sound than Buckley.  Imagine that!

I don't think this song is anywhere close to deserving of the volume of negative comments.  Maybe ppl are trying too much to compare him to Buckley.  No, he's not Buckley, because he is Baxter.
 
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Couldn't agree more!
Say what you want.  I like it.

Tom Baxter is Tom Baxter and Jeff Buckley is Jeff Buckley.  Tom is similar but he is his own artist and still has a right to have a different sound than Buckley.  Imagine that!

I don't think this song is anywhere close to deserving of the volume of negative comments.  Maybe ppl are trying too much to compare him to Buckley.  No, he's not Buckley, because he is Baxter.
 Kittee wrote:
Wow again? {#Sorry}
 
Wow!  Again!

 Excelsior wrote:
Every single damn day.  {#Puke}
 
breathing - every single damn day
i like this tune a lot

Great instrumentation, but sounds a bit contrived to me. Maybe forced? 6

And once again, RP tells us all, "Suck it!  You're getting Tom Baxter AGAIN!!!"  {#Puke}—— I forgot
     Yes, it's just horrible what that bad ole' "Radio Paradisemakes us listen too.——- Hey what's that button on yer radio ?
Don't let anything but common sense and good judgment be your guide Aye Mate ? {#Whistle}

Gotye?

your particular style and talent makes all difference;  having in account your age, the quality of the produced work already until here, i foresee a wide edge of progression of this  artist in the future -   8.




 Bill,

If you're reading this, I'd like to tell you I *do* like this song.  You just play it too much.

That is all.

 


 Excelsior wrote: another rather stale comment (flavor:negative, extra-crispy)

 

No. The rest of us are not able to hear the voice (and there appears to be only the one) in your head. Shoo... go on. Go.

Wow again? {#Sorry}
I didn't hear this one that often yet, and I like it. But I can see how it could easily suffer from death by overplay. I'll give it a 6 for now.