- Artist: Broken Poets
- Format: CD
- Release Date:12/16/2003
'Soulful poetry turned into song, rock & roll and introspection all in one.' -- Jessie Nelson, College Times, Tempe, AZ 'Tim McDonald of Broken Poets sounds like Michael Stipe meets, Bob Dylan.' -- Evan James, American Songwriter Magazine 'McDonald's songs connect on several levels - he's got a delivery that makes him sound like every man, and a prose style that makes him sound like every man finally speaking up about his lot in life.' -- Serene Dominic, Phoenix New Times 'When I started this disc spinning, I couldn't help but stop and stare at the CD player. Tim McDonald, vocalist for Broken Poets, was demanding and receiving my undivided attention. McDonald, who also handles the guitar work, has a voice that is light-years ahead of the pack, is a superlative songwriter and has a thoroughly professional band. It's almost a disservice to compare them to anyone (R.E.M. with balls?) and they are not 'one-hit wonders;' Reincarnation, holds up from the start to finish. You know how critics like to say, 'Expect big things to come for these guys?' Well, you've already got it.' -- Kevin Wierzbicki, In | Your | Ear, Tucson, AZ Broken Poets / Biography "Spinning in my head, my thoughts like planets, some alive and some are dead, and some the light ain't reached me yet - and digging in my heart my bloods like dirt, some is Red, some is hard, and some has turned to mud for you" Broken Poets songwriter, singer and guitarist, Tim McDonald has always had an innate sensibility for creating strong melodies and verses, but it's his gift for poetically expressing an almost transcendent philosophical insight that sets his songwriting apart from others. As one reviewer put it simply, 'Soulful poetry turned into song, rock & roll and introspection all in one.' McDonald is not just writing from the heart but is consistently tapping into some mysterious source of inspiration. "For me, songwriting is as much about location as it is about my personal experience," McDonald says. "I'm always looking for some interesting new place to write and rehearse my songs. I've ended up under freeway overpasses, in parking garages, and remote areas of the desert -- anywhere I might find some good acoustics or a unique atmosphere to tap into." McDonald even tells the story of how he once channeled the song, Human wheel, while walking past a local cemetery (song lyrics of the song Human Wheel from the CD Reincarnation at the top of this page). In 2000, McDonald was touring solo and needed someone to accompany him for a performance at The Gaslight, Dylan's old haunt in NYC. A referral from a friend led him to classically trained Russian pianist and vocalist, Svetlana Antropova, which created the impetuous for Broken Poets. Off the success of the duo performance, McDonald sought out studio bassist Michael James and session drummer Russ Phaneuf to complete the band's lineup. Together they have created a modern alternative rock band, but one that still acknowledges the importance of the standards set by the greats that came before them; that every song on the record should be good, and that every record should actually mean something. McDonald adds, "I grew up with my older brother and sister force feeding me all the great singer/songwriters from the 60s & 70s. The standards for lyric writing were much higher in those days, and even though I didn't really 'get it' back then, I guess it set the bar for the writer I would later try to become." It is that standard that shines through in the band's third full length album, Optimism in E Minor, as well as translates into the band's live performances. There is no doubt that Broken Poets is an exceptional band to watch out for. Discography 2000 "Looking for Aldous Huxley" self-released debut. The song "Welcome to My Life" was selected for a Clear Channel compilation CD along with, Everclear, Third Eye Blind and Our Lady Peace. 2002 "Acoustic Electric" self-released EP. Featuring studio heavyweight, Jonathan Mover (drums). Songs were selected for Neumann Microphone promotional demo, and ASCAP's NYC Songwriter Showcase. 2004 "Reincarnation" release by Haden's Ferry Records and distributed nationally threw City Hall distribution. Album garnered solid airplay and strong critical acclaim. 2006 "Optimism in E Minor" self-released (Wordvendor), November 2006. Completed an eight week national college radio campaign through The Planetary Group. Album chart peaked at #13 Most Stations Added (174 adds), as well as charted in seven markets, with medium to heavy rotation at (140) stations. Broken Poets have recently opened for Seven Mary Three, James McMurtry and Ian Moore. With recent performances at Los Angeles "hot spot" venues such as The Key Club, Whisky A Go-Go, Molly Malone's, as well as some top notch New York venues like Arlene Grocery, The Gaslight, and The Bitter End.
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