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by Gary Jules and the Group Rules

Rootsy urban folk.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Beautiful
4:12 $0.99
2. My Familiar
3:45 $0.99
3. The Road Beside the Highway
4:19 $0.99
4. Dreaming By Needle and Gun
3:46 $0.99
5. Ghosts in the Cotton
3:18 $0.99
6. Goodnight Billie
3:35 $0.99
7. Been a Long Time (feat. Jim Bianco)
4:24 $0.99
8. Bird / Little Greenie
5:28 $0.99
9. The Old Days Are Gone
4:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
"New American music for the whole world . . . a fascinating, thoughtful, and eloquent commentary from the very belly of the beast. 'Little Greenie' is an instant classic".
(Mark P, Portland OR).

"In the song "The Road Beside the Highway", a sort of bluegrass/Pink Floyd/Wilco hybrid, Jules' trademark whisper-voice sings 'I saw the soul of Joe Strummer dance the Bo Diddley standing on the grave of James Earl Ray'." Wow. Stopped me in my tracks. Enough said.
(M Tseung, Vancouver BC).

"My favorite act in LA? Probably Gary Jules." Nic Harcourt, Host of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

"I had only heard his cover of Tears for Fears' 'Mad World' from Donnie Darko. When I saw him live I found myself mesmerized by his songs. Such a soulful voice... like whispery life-soundtrack music for grown-up indie kids". (Meredith, San Francisco).

"BIRD." is the first full-band release from Gary Jules and the Group Rules: Heather Brown-Dodge (Esquimaux), Will Golden, Adam Grace, Ed Maxwell, Ben Peeler (Wallflowers) and Al Sgro.

Songs written mostly during the now infamous GJGR "Tuesdays at the Hotel" residency at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood CA.

Guest appearances by Jim Bianco, Gabriel Mann, Jason "Pip" Pipkin and Joel Shearer (Pedestrian, Damien Rice).

On Tour Feb. - March '09 with Donovan Frankenreiter.


“Falling Awake”, the first song from Gary Jules’ independently released self-titled album, appeared on two separate Billboard ‘Top 100’ charts in January 2007, one week after being heavily featured in an exceptionally popular episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”.

When the editorial staff at Billboard learned that Jules’ sales numbers were generated solely by iTunes downloads with no commercial radio airplay, record company, manager, publicist, publisher, radio or licensing agent to ‘sell’ the new album into the public eye, they wrote a full-page feature detailing Jules’ unlikely rise to recognition with his album “Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets” (featuring a cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World”) and the excitement surrounding the early success of his follow-up, “Gary Jules”.

A live performance of “Falling Awake” on Last Call with Carson Daly on March 21st has sparked a scramble for worldwide physical release and international tour plans, and locked-up opening slots for Tears for Fears this summer.

After years struggling in the nascent Los Angeles underground singer-songwriter scene of the mid-90's, Gary Jules' first record "Greetings from the Side" was recorded for A&M Records and released in August 1998. Weeks later A&M's parent label Polygram was bought by MCA/Universal. Jules and "Greetings" were lost in the proverbial shuffle, but not before both received considerable critical acclaim. Zeke Piestrup of VH-1's show "Fresh" called Jules "The best American singer-songwriter to emerge out of the late '90's -- and the only one worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence with Paul Simon, James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Nick Drake."

In 2001 Jules' original independent release of "Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets," which included a cover of Tears For Fears' "Mad World" that Jules recorded with friend and producer Michael Andrews for the film "Donnie Darko," arrived to even more critical acclaim. The Village Voice called it "the best album to be released this year, anywhere. Period." Rolling Stone Magazine said "Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets is at once beautiful and haunting, depressing and inspiring, lonely and welcoming -- delicately crafted folk music of the highest order." In October 2001, Richard Kelly's film "Donnie Darko" came out in theaters and quickly became a cult phenomenon. Not bad for an album created in a basement for less than $100.

In 2002 "Snakeoil" was championed by Nic Harcourt, host of "Morning Becomes Eclectic" at KCRW-FM in Los Angeles, and by Bruce Warren at WXPN-FM in Philadelphia. With these giants of listener-supported radio spreading the word, Jules toured constantly as an independent artist, sharing the stage with Jack Johnson, Damien Rice, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Mason Jennings, Jewel, Jason Mraz, The Polyphonic Spree, Liz Phair, and Todd Rundgren. His year-long residency at the then anonymous Hotel Cafe in Hollywood has become the stuff of legend in the new LA underground.

In the Fall of 2003 the Jules/Andrews version of "Mad World" started receiving major airplay in the UK. One story goes that it was originally played on-air by Robbie Williams during a guest DJ spot. Others say it was Radiohead's Thom Yorke. Either way, Jules and "Snakeoil" were licensed by Adventures/Sanctuary and in December, fueled by a slew of powerful live television performances and tons of old-fashioned word-of-mouth, Gary Jules and Michael Andrews became only the 6th American act ever to win the coveted "Christmas #1."

"Snakeoil" was released in the UK and Europe in early 2004. Jules went gold, then platinum, in fewer than 8 weeks and in several different European territories. "Mad World" was the biggest single of the year.

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Chrisr at CD Baby

LA’s favorite sweet-voiced singer continues to mine the depths of soulful acoustic songwriting and has come up with gold. Jules is smart enough to know not to polish these tunes too much, though, keeping the grit, the grime, the rough and ragged elements that leave listeners feeling alive and broken all at once. He is probably best known for his cover of the Tears for Fears classic “Mad World” which appeared in the film Donnie Darko, but this urban-folkster has been consistently cranking out stellar original material all along. Any song on this collection is certainly worthy of being covered and re-popularized by some young up-and-comer a decade or two down the road. So why not be ahead of the curve and familiarize yourself with the original versions now?


Could be better
It's a beautiful cd, but I think the previous album was really better.

Nathaniel Davis

Couldn't be better
Almost instantly, this album has become one of my all time favorites. Gary and his group have truly created something with Bird that is unparalleled in today's music scene. For the first time in a long time, I find myself listening almost constantly, and from first to last track (another rarity these days). I expected it to be good, but this album is superb. Get it. Enjoy it. Bird is something special.


Beautiful and Familiar
This is another triumph for Gary Jules. I found myself playing it in constant repeat for dozens of listens. It takes some strong material to justify that, and Jules provides it in spades with Bird. It really comes down to two things: (1) the quality of the songwriting, which is very intelligent and visual, and (2) the quality of the singing. He has a way of singing that has a breathy quality, almost like a whisper, no matter how loud he is singing. My favorites on this one are "Beautiful" and "My Familiar". "Beautiful" is a brave choice for an opening track because it's no uptempo at all, but it really gives you a flavor for the kind of powerful emotional response Gary Jules typically evokes in his songs.

Melvin Bashans

Love Bird!
This cd is excellent! I can't stop listening to it! The writing is excellent and so is the instrumentation. I highly reccomend it!!!


The Bird has it's Pit Stop
Gary Jules is without any doubt a great artist, and his songs contain all shades of beautiful. Before I submitted this review I was ready to give him only four stars. Why? Well, there are two reasons. First, it only has nine songs, and second, some notes are doubled. I'm not even mentioning "Little Greenie", but there are also notes from "Pills" and "Broke Window".

Well, that was before. Now I'm certain, that it deserves five out of five rating. Quality over quantity. And the quality of these records is undeniable. I'm looking forward to spend more time with all the nine Birds Gary Jules crafted.

Alan Pickering

Gary's done it again
Gary's done it again and this time with a twist of Country Rock and soul moving lyrics, obvously this music is not only from the heart but my guess is from personal experience. I say this because one can only write such music which moves and excites the inner soul from experience and not just pulling a song from thin air.....
Bird should only be played if you have got time to hit the repeat button on most songs, if not then you feel as though you are not doing it justice and missing out on life juice for the ears. Before I bought this album I saw it had Bird / Little Greenie (reprise) in the listings.I have to say I thought to myself, maybe he was running out of ideas for songs and we were going to be subject to varying versions of the the same old song.... How WRONG was I ? I have lost count of the times I have played this one over and over again. Fantastic vocals and nice to hear a new Vocal Range of Gary, proving yet again that Gary Jules cannot not only sing well, but sing High Notes as well as whispy low ones too....Get yer backside over here to the UK and give us brits a treat.

Gary does it again!!

I love this cd
Got this CD a couple months ago and after many listens, wanted to review it. I loved it from the first time I listened to it. I love the quality of Gary's voice. Its very soothing. I can listen to him sing over and over -- it helps me relax. The title track, Beautiful is just that, beautiful. My familiar has a nice sound. I love Road Beside the Highway. This song is awesome. The lyrcis are brillant. Love the instrumentatiion of this song and again, his voice. so soothing. Ghosts in the cotton is a very good song nice rythym. Goodnight Billie - I absolutely love. Very powerful song. Its one of my favorite Gary Jules songs. Been a Long time--love the collaboration between gary and jim bianco on this song. Bird/Little Greenie another beautiful song. The Old Days are Gone is another great song. And California - awesome. I guess what I'm trying to say is every song is excellent. You know how some CDs you only want to listen to half then go back to the first 3 or 4 songs. Not this one; I listen from first song to the last each and every time. And I smile when I hear the songs. Gary and the Group Rules are terrific. Gary is such a wonderful songwriter, vocalist and player. I have loved everything he has put out. And I go to see his concerts whenever I can.

kristen lacroix

Another great cd
Just got my cd yesterday and I love it. Gary's voice is so soothing. You won't be disappointed. Thanks Gary Jules!!!!!!