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Junk DNA

Reviews

By Andreas Schiffmann (Musikreviews.de)

Als Gitarrist der Gourmet-Weichzeichner STRANGEWAYS dürfte Ian Stewart zumindest Insidern ein Begriff sein, aber ob er sich mit seinem zigsten Solo-Teller weitere Hörerkreise erschließt, bleibt fraglich, weil er sich - aufs Angenehmste - nirgends einordnen lassen möchte. "Junk DNA" ist weder ein Virtuosen-Album noch Podium für halbseidene Ideen, die anderswo nicht verbraten werden können ... zumal der Barde ja sonst sowieso nicht mehr viel treibt.

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By Alison Booth (Classic Rock AOR Magazine - Nov 2013)

Ultimate relaxed AOR.

Singer with Lincoln AOR phenomenon Strangeways, Ian James Stewart demonstrates his endless talent with these 13 hypnotically relaxing songs.

This quality chilled album also features guest vocalist and musician Robert Wyatt.
Close your eyes and you'll feel like you've been transported to the blues clubs of the Deep South, the thought-provoking mellow songs infused with rock, perfectly blending with Ian's distinct vocals.
Issues like war, politics and love are covered, as well as a tribute to jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker.

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By Joergprivat (translated from German)

The Strangeways guitarist Ian Stewart brings out an extraordinary solo album. Many pieces about 5 minutes, the werrden not boring because Stewart really creative plays and sings.

I was really surprised at such a great album that is so individual that it contrasts right from everything else, whatever we hear in the melodic rock genre. Has become a quiet atmosphere with a beautiful album. I highly recommend it, for me the surprise of the year 2013.

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By Georgia ;)

This has got to be one of the best albums by one of the most underrated and mostly overlooked artists of today. Each track draws you into the talent that is Ian James Stewart, amazing guitarist singer songwriter. Listen to the album samples which can be found online and you'll be hooked. If you love guitar based music with current well penned lyrics you'll not be dissapointed. I cant stop playing it.

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By Beej

Looking for something beyond the same old formulaic pop-rock that we're expected to swallow by mainstream music media, whose only interest is their profit, it can be difficult to find the true musical gems that are out there.

Sadly, more often than not, the best music is barely publicised and easily overlooked.. It's only by word of mouth that we get to hear that albums like Junk DNA even exist.

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By rampantworld

'music for grown ups'

Unpigeonholeable 
great compositions great rock sound great guitars new rock music, such a pleasure to hear this guy doing something new with rock music, as the great Robert Wyatt says in the foreword, it's rock music for grown ups. Deserves attention. Just very impressed, fav track so far, Phosphorus, One More Time, Charlie Parker, heaven Knows, well I could go on as I am loving getting to know this record and this artist. Just happily surprised there are real musicians out there pushing their own creative envelopes . Bravo Ian James Stewart

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By M. H. Cowmeadow

IJS has done it again with this release, soooo utterly listenable I cant get it out of the car CD player! In parts its almost blues AOR with a celtic twist if that makes any sense and it probably wont till one hears it. Sublime adult music that just washes one into a place of pure musical genius.

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Rock Overdose Interview - 28th August 2013:

It was a very pleasant surprise reading a couple of months ago that Ian James Stewart was putting the finishing touches to his solo album.
Ian James Stewart is a very well known name to all melodic rock fans especially from his work with his band Strangeways, having released nine studio albums, three of which are considered classics of the genre.
With his solo album, “Junk DNA” set to be released on the 24th of September, I’ve spoken with Ian about the upcoming album!

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A word or two on Junk DNA from Robert Wyatt..


I well remember father Brian Eno's warning dictum concerning unhelpfully decorative clutter:

"every object obscures another".

And here's what is so refreshing about what Ian James Stewart does. there's everything you need and nothing you don't.

Ian's music has a hypnotic elegance. A magical touch - almost translucent at times - but with a warm pulse that really drives the music along with an organically focussed momentum.

Rock music for grownups.


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Ian was born in a small Scottish farmhouse, to the sound of his father's accordion. Started playing guitar in the mid-sixties, strumming along to his dad's records - Hank Williams and Johnny Cash as well as the popular music of the day.

Ian's sister Linda played piano, brother Billy played violin, and later his younger brother David took up bass guitar.

Ian started playing in their dad's band. A mix of scottish and country music. Next he found himself in a Glasgow band "the James Boys", playing material by such as Steely Dan, the Eagles, and Stevie Wonder.

After six months with them in Spain, Ian returned home to work on his own songs.

He managed to get hold of an old reel-to-reel tape recorder, bouncing ideas back and forth until he felt he'd got enough possibilities down to write and record his own music in own way.

after recording and touring with many of the best, Ian's really earned this.


Ian James Stewart's music has something to say, and does so in a way I find totally authentic.


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robert Y@.


Thank you Robert..!

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