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““Ira Marlowe is Oakland's sweet little secret. ...I would like to scream his talent from Twin Peaks so he'd have more exposure. He has a way of getting under your skin. I believe he sold his soul to the devil to develop his sound that he continues to perfect. There will soon be a time when he completely blows up Tom Waits style and you can say you saw him when.” “”
““His brilliant lyrics and delivery make him one of my favorite singer/songwriters.””
“A true original, San Francisco singer-songwriter Ira Marlowe has explored multiple genres and multiple storytelling forms—from comic to fantastic to personal—in a quest to match the ideas he wants to communicate with the ideal entertainment vessel. Marlowe’s new album Save the Day sticks with a spacey mid-tempo folk-rock style, fitting his Michael Penn-like vocals, but the songs’ subject matter sway from romance to worldly terror, with more than one song about robots and monsters. The puckish, purposeful eccentricity manifests most succinctly on the magnificent “House,” which uses the clichés of old Hollywood haunted houses to describe the state of the singer’s life before his newest love arrived. It’s a clever conceit, and suitably spooky. —NM”
“Save the Day (CD, Caliban, Pop) Though he's been writing and recording for years...this is most likely the album that will introduce the public at large to the music of Ira Marlowe... Marlowe writes material that comes straight from his heart. His compositions are smart and instantly memorable...and the arrangements are always exact and perfectly suited for the material. Marlowe's vocals sound very much like the previously mentioned Cale...although his songs have a depth and honest nature sadly missing in most of John's later efforts. Ira Marlowe is, without a doubt, one of the most talented (and virtually unknown) songwriters we've heard in years. His ability to write melodies that stick in the mind is amazing. And his ability to transfer his ideas and feelings through his music is 100% effective and real. A superb spin from start to finish. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ”
“CDBaby.com: “With vocals that can't decide whether to be driving at hope or resigned to dejection coupled with a warm and resonant mix of Folk and Pop styles that flitter between Jazz-touched and Americana-touched sonicism, you might detect simiarlities from R.E.M. to Sting to James Taylor but the singular voice of Marlowe penetrates with well-blended subtleties, making for an altogether curiously charming album, both openly vulnerable yet proudly self-contained. Listen after listen, it continues to grow on you.” ”