Connect Me (album CD)

by Alan Lauris

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REVIEW PLAYMELOUD.COM: If there's one album that proves that homestudios can produce "real music" then it's "CONNECT ME" from Alan Lauris. Anno 2006 many homestudios have evolved into modern production walhallas that can compete with commercial studios. The big difference is that the owner of a homestudio doesn't have to make a living from it and can be totally dedicated to producing their own music. This is a position that many top artists can only dream of: working for maybe years in a professional studio without someone else hovrering over you, craning over your shoulder, looking at their watch and grimacing at their wallet. And so in March 2006 we are suddenly confronted with the debut album "CONNECT ME" from Alan Lauris of Utrecht in the Netherlands; a production that took so much time, so many production techniques and such dedication that the listener will astonishingly ask themself why they have never heard of this man before. One of the striking things are the references to the Pet Shop Boys, in the music, as well as in the voice of Alan Lauris (CONNECT ME, DUTCH CITIES, DOWNLOADED). These Pop songs alternate very strong singer-songwriter material; HOW YOU'RE ABLE TO SMILE comes closer to Burt Bacharach's classic RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD. When we listen to STOOD OVER THERE or QUESTIONS IN THE AIR, comparisons with Gilbert O'Sullivan and Randy Newman come to mind. The modest SPRING WILL COME won Alan Lauris and lyricist John Coughlan an Honor Award in the popular 2004 Great American Song Contest. He uses the most modern techniques for his arrangements and compositions, but doesn't let it rule the music for a second. Loops and sequences are very carefully constructed; man over machine in the best tradition begun by Kraftwerk and continued in the tracks (WE WON'T BE TOLD, NEW PERSPECTIVES).

Platomania
"Er is zorgvuldig gesleuteld, en het resultaat is ernaar. Koop deze sympathieke plaat!"

3voor12 VPRO
"Wanneer humor en elektronica de boventoon voeren is Lauris op zijn best; Zodra Alan Lauris geheel met zijn computer volgroeid is, zal hij in zijn eentje de Utrechtse Kraftwerk kunnen worden; Connect Me zit in een prachtverpakking."

Musicmaker
"Connect Me is een volwaardige productie; Dutch Cities zie ik wel als reclametune gebruikt worden."

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released 12 March 2006

All songs written by Alan Lauris; except 3,4,5,6,8,9,11 and 12: lyrics by John Coughlan, music by Alan Lauris; arranged, produced, engineered, mixed and performed by Alan Lauris @ Canal Island Studios, the Netherlands, 2003-2005; mastered @ XARC, Germany; sleeve design by Maaike Nijholt and Alan Lauris. label: www.canalisland.com

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Track Name: Connect me
I really want to feel that I'm a part of everything
But there is such a distance; I don't know how to get in
Oh, I need a connection 'cause I have a lot to bring
I really want to feel that I'm a part of everything, but
I don't know how

I don't want to be frightened of the people anymore
I want to look them in the eye and not feel insecure
I want to stop believing that they think I am a bore
I don't want to be frightened of the people anymore, but
I don't know how

I just want to really really feel
I just want to live for real
I just want to be in control
I want to be part of the whole, but
I don't know how

Connect me to the world (5x)
Connect me

I want to show the people my new plan for who I am
But I don't have a network and I need some helping hands
And I don't want to have to start from zero once again
I want to show the people my new plan for who I am, but
I don't know how

Connect me to the world (5x)
Connect me

I don't know how

Connect me to the world (10x)
Connect me
Track Name: Dutch cities
10 Rotterdam 13 Tilburg 15 Delft
20 Amsterdam 23 Haarlem 24 Nijmegen
26 Arnhem 30 Utrecht 33 Amersfoort
35 Hilversum 36 Almere 38 Zwolle

Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities
Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities

40 Eindhoven 43 Maastricht 45 Heerlen
46 Sittard 50 Groningen 53 Enschede
55 Apeldoorn 58 Leeuwarden 70 Den Haag
71 Leiden 72 Alkmaar 73 Den Bosch

Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities
Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities

74 Hengelo 75 Zaandam 76 Breda
77 Venlo 78 Dordrecht 79 Zoetermeer

Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities
Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities

Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities
Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities
Track Name: Spring will come
All the leaves are turning brown
They're all falling from the trees
And lying on the ground

And the birds, they make no sound
They just stand there on the grass
Their heads bowed, they have no song

And spring will come
As you promised
But not yet
My grieving's still not done
Far as I'm concerned
Time can stand still
So I can repeat you're still the only one
And you always will be the one
And you always will be the one

Yes I know it's been months now
And my friends are telling me
I really should go out

Yes I promised to move on
And we talked of how I'd be
Once you'd gone I'd carry on

And spring will come
As you promised
But not yet
My grieving's still not done
Far as I'm concerned
Time can stand still
So I can repeat you're still the only one
And you always will be the one
And you always will be the one

I promised to remember That spring will come
Track Name: How you're able to smile
Show me how you're able to manage a smile
While all aroud you, they're all crying
Can it be that lying deep down inside
There's a part of you you're denying

Show me how you're able to smile
Look through your eyes and I'd run a mile
You make me feel just like a child

Show me how you're able to smile
Is it a mixture of courage and guile
How can you still laugh and smile

Show me how you manage to cope with it all
And you can do it without falling
Show me how you keep your eye on the ball
Like it's your own special calling

You know that's why we look up to you
Why we admire the things you do
No, you're never less than true

Show me how you're able to grin
Show me how you keep it all in
It's such an amazing thing

I see the eyes of the others
When they stand and they look at you
I see the smiles on their faces
And I know what you said was true
How you would make it through
Track Name: We won't be told
Have we evolved at all as humans
Have we evolved at all as men
Have we evolved at all as humans
Or do we have to start again

Why do we have the same old problems
Why don't the answers seem to work

Have we evolved, have we evolved
Have we evolved like this
We won't be told, we won't be told
We shake our heads, our fists
Maybe our chance is gone

Why can't we find another refuge
Somewhere brand new to place our trust
Or is the brave new world too precious
To leave our robots out to rust

Would we be happier bionic
If we gave up our flesh and blood

Have we evolved, have we evolved
Have we evolved like this
We won't be told, we won't be told
We shake our heads, our fists
Maybe our chance is gone

Have we run out of new ideas
Are all the barrels really scraped
Are we the sum of all our fears
Emotions we can't separate

What if we wiped the slate completely
Is there a chance we'd start again

Have we evolved, have we evolved
Have we evolved like this
We won't be told, we won't be told
We shake our heads, our fists
Maybe our chance is gone
Track Name: Downloaded
In my mp3 are the tunes I need
All through the day the music plays
No don't talk to me, I won't answer you
Just listen on to another song

Spending all my nights downloading tunes
Which every single day I play

Rhythm, reverb, basslines too
Downloading is what I do
I am downloaded

No I never talk while I walk
I nod my head to the girls instead
And the people stare, I don't care
What they think, I don't even blink

Spending all my nights downloading tunes
Which every single day I play

Rhythm, reverb, basslines too
Downloading is what I do
I am downloaded

Spending all my nights downloading tunes
Track Name: Questions in the air
Looking up wondering why
Why no answers in the sky
If there was one thing I could ask
It would be: "show me where to start"

I'm down here walking in a maze
high walls rise to meet my gaze
I've lost my bearings, lost my mind
Go take my eyes; I'd be less blind

My head is spinning round
I hit the ground
Then the whole world turns upside down

O, no It doesn't seem fair
Cause all I can see above me
Are questions in the air
No It doesn't seem fair
Cause all I can see above me
Are questions in the air

Slowly struggling to my feet
I feel so helpless, feel so weak
A newborn baby in a man
Someone please help me understand

I've now forgotten everything
Did I commit an awful sin?
Is this a court or something worse
Cause if it is, my head will burst

No answers close to hand
In this strange land
My mind lets go its final strand

O, no It doesn't seem fair
Cause all I can see above me
Are questions in the air
No It doesn't seem fair
Cause all I can see above me
Are questions in the air
Track Name: Too late
They could have been together for a while
Now all he's left with is the memory of her smile
it's too late too late
it's too late now

He knows he shouldn't have acted like a child
He's always been the one who's too easily riled
it's too late too late
it's too late now

But he just kept pushing on and on and on
And never thought a time would come when she was gone
it's too late too late
it's too late now

And now the truth has hit him in the eye
Without her with him he knows he's gonna die
it's too late too late
it's too late now

So all is lost like it never was before
One time too many he walked out and slammed the door it's too late too late
it's too late now

They could have been together for a while
Track Name: Life isn't hard
Another day, another year
So many have passed, but you're still here
Look aroud, be amazed
Do your thing, it's ok

Indulge yourself, go with the flow
Let high expectations go
Free yourself, make a start
Do it now, life isn't hard
Track Name: Stood over there
Don't worry no, don't worry that my eyes seem dim
Don't worry that they're slightly pink around the rim
I know it's unnerving
that my vision's unswerving
But I'm wearing only one of my faces
The one I wear when I'm in two places

My body is here but I'm stood over there
That's why my features stare
And they don't seem to care
'Cause I'm stood over there
Stood over there

Don't worry, sometimes I'm still talking
Don't worry that sometimes I'm still walking
I know your brain's addling
'Cause I seem to be straddling
In a way you'll never understand
Impossible ? Yes, but on the other hand...

My body is here but I'm stood over there
That's why my features stare
And they don't seem to care
'Cause I'm stood over there
Stood over there

Don't worry 'Bout this strange demeanour
Radiating Emanating
Often puzzling Sometimes grating

My mind's busy scanning, panning
Under the surface, behind their eyes
Sifting memories, truth and lies
Lifting the lid on self-delusions
Illuminating dark confusions
Reinforcing their mental supports
Tip-toeing around innermost thoughts

Don't hurry, no don't hurry, I'm concentrating
Don't hurry I need to see what I'm creating
I have to be so calm
otherwise I might cause harm
Standing in such close proximity
Builds up a charge of true affinity
Track Name: Try a lullaby
Try a lullaby
a lullaby
a lullaby

Try a lullaby
a lullaby
a lullaby

You find yourself alone
and you're so far away from home

Try a lullaby
a lullaby
and don't you cry

Try a lullaby
a lullaby
a lullaby

Try a lullaby
a lullaby
a lullaby

I know that there'll be times
a friendly face is hard to find

Try a lullaby
a lullaby
a lullaby

Then you'll find the strength
remember us....and what we meant

Try a lullaby
a lullaby
and don't you cry