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Chariot - Stripped


Download links and information about Chariot - Stripped by Gavin Degraw. This album was released in 2004 and it belongs to Rock, Country, Pop, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 23 tracks with total duration of 01:41:10 minutes.

Artist: Gavin Degraw
Release date: 2004
Genre: Rock, Country, Pop, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 23
Duration: 01:41:10
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No. Title Length
1. Follow Through 3:59
2. Chariot 3:59
3. Just Friends 3:25
4. (Nice to Meet You) Anyway 3:45
5. Chemical Party 3:01
6. Belief 4:27
7. Crush 3:25
8. I Don't Want to Be 3:37
9. Meaning 3:35
10. More Than Anyone 2:57
11. Over-Rated 4:11
12. Follow Through (Stripped Version) 4:28
13. Chariot (Stripped Version) 4:59
14. Just Friends (Stripped Version) 4:49
15. (Nice to Meet You) Anway (Stripped Version) 4:46
16. Chemical Party (Stripped Version) 4:54
17. Belief (Stripped Version) 3:09
18. Crush (Stripped Version) 3:20
19. I Don't Want to Be (Stripped Version) 4:04
20. Meaning (Stripped Version) 3:41
21. More Than Anyone (Stripped Version) 3:50
22. Over-Rated (Stripped Version) 6:22
23. Change Is Gonna Come (Stripped Version) 12:27



After receiving strong notices from the New York press for his fiery club performances, Gavin DeGraw signed with J Records and issued Chariot, his debut, in July 2003. But while it had promise, Chariot also suffered from a lack of imagination in the production department. There was no denying the humanity and bawdy soul wrapped up in DeGraw's voice, so why was it stifled by unimaginative, mainstream-leaning production? It's unclear what exactly prompted it (perhaps the album's slow burn rise on the charts?), but a full year later DeGraw's Chariot was re-released. However, this time around, the original studio version was joined by a song-for-song acoustic reading of Chariot, and the rawer presentation is exactly what it needed. The basic setup of drums, bass, acoustic guitar, subtle harmonies, and the piano and untreated vocals of DeGraw kicks out the slickness that shriveled cuts like "Follow Through," "Belief," and "Meaning." Here, they're the leafy greenery of a solid band kicking it on a warm April night in New York City. The title track was already a standout, but in its new, understated guise, there's a comforting Ben Harper quality about it. And the brushed snare is a perfectly subtle touch. "Just Friends" gets a new, mildly funky arrangement, and the cynically funny hedonism jam "Chemical Party" — "You're just too high to see my point/You think your name is 'Pass the joint'" — becomes a delightfully ragged jam with overtones of Simon & Garfunkel's "Cecilia." You can just imagine DeGraw kicking the piano stool out after the a cappella singalong breakdown. The effect of this "Stripped" format on DeGraw's music is immediate, and made more apparent by the inclusion of the studio cousin. It's an illustration of how great — how real — artists can sound when they aren't constrained by radio-ready sheen.