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Aqualung

Aqualung is the brainchild of British songwriter Matt Hales, who discovered his love of melodic pop music while listening to songs at his parents' Southampton record store. Inspired by the artists he heard, Hales began writing songs on the family piano at the age of four. By the time he turned 16, the young musician had earned a scholarship to Winchester College, where he studied music composition. His classes often focused on classical music, and Hales responded by writing a symphonic piece, "Life Cycle," during his second year of study.

Hales was also interested in popular music, however, and began merging his influences into a contemporary style. He played alongside his brother in a Police cover band and later became part of the Brit-pop group Ruth, which released an album on ARC Records in 1999. After leading another band, the 45's (not to be confused with the Atlanta-based garage rock revival band), and issuing two singles on Universal, Hales grew disenchanted and started working on the Aqualung project in 2002, often co-writing songs with his wife Kim Oliver and brother Ben Hales. Although initially little more than a lo-fi bedroom venture, Aqualung became quickly popularized by a VW Beetle commercial that aired in the U.K. during 2002. The TV ad featured Hales' song "Strange and Beautiful (I'll Put a Spell on You)," which coincided with the release of his self-titled debut in 2002. The song became a Top Ten hit, and the album went gold as a result.

Several singles followed into the next year, as did the second Aqualung album. Entitled Still Life, the record spawned another hit single with "Brighter Than Sunshine" and attracted attention from music supervisors on both sides of the Atlantic, eventually leading to a number of song placements in movies and TV shows. Hales then combined tracks from his earlier U.K. albums into one 12-song set for Aqualung's proper American debut, Strange and Beautiful, which surfaced in early 2005 via Columbia Records. Extensive touring throughout North America followed over the next two years, driving the album to number one on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and pushing it to sell over 250,000 copies.

On the road, Hales would routinely switch up the Aqualung show with different musicians, settings, and approaches to keep things as fresh as possible. The diverse elements he explored during these shows (including the use of an echo device called the Memoryman) subsequently drove the creative process behind what would later become Aqualung's next album, March 2007's ambitiously crafted Memory Man. Aqualung released the intimate Words & Music one year later, marking the band's debut for the Verve Forecast label, and returned in 2010 with Magnetic North. In 2012 Hales co-wrote and produced the Mercury Prize-nominated single "Is Your Love Big Enough?" for British singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas. He also found success that year working with Jason Mraz and Paloma Faith. 10 Futures, his seventh studio long-player to be released under the Aqualung moniker, arrived in early 2015. ~ Drago Bonacich, Rovi
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Son of a B**ch...stea l s Jethro Tull. C**t
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Anytime I hear anything Aqualung I always remember the movie Alot like love. What a perfect movie and perfect song. <3
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tracydurand
I olhe this song and Brighter than sunshine!!!! !
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Brighter than Sunshine is my favorite. I'm listening to Good Times Gonna Come right now, and it's good too. :)
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cavelitist
So beautiful
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jsodicoff
I guess he liked Jethro Tull
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follow me plz i will follow back
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scottys.my.b a b e
If I could marry a song. I would be this one. :*
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This is my first comment on this song WOW!!! <3 this song;)
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branco83
i am changed
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I love the song "cold" by aqualung and Lucy Schwartz
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therealmaile
Strange
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therealmaile
But
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therealmaile
Beautiful
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smartseagull
what a feeling ...
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Sweet :'>
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I would sing Strange and Beautiful to you every day. Multiple times a day. I would also probably leave it on your answer machine 3-4 times a day just to make you feel special.
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^^
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Someone Sang Strange and Beautiful to me, and it was amazing(: Love aqualung(:
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love his music it's so sweet
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...let the rain fall, I don't care. I'm yours and suddenly you're mine... :-) PERFECT!
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mad82d
I just love his music <3
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Just listened to Brighter than Sunshine. Killer! Reminds me of the Verve
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DAMN
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Give a listen to the newest album, "Magnetic North." Or "Memory Man" for that matter--the man's a genius.
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I've often seen the name Aqualung around, but just assumed it was some metal-derriv a t i v e of Jethro Tull-wannabe s . I just heard "Brighter Than Sunshine" for the first time! Wow! Yeah, I'm gonna get more. i love the sound. Kind of reminds me of The Gabe Dixon Band.
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I didn't know there were any albums from him after Strange & Beautiful! Can't wait to snatch up Memory Man, Words & Music, and Magnetic North :D
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Just heard Brighter Than Sunshine again.... I love it!
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Aqualung makes me happy.
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jhongtx
Love the "Brighter Than Sunshine" song!
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Saw him perform last night in SF and was so impressed. Truly talented and damned funny to boot.
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ackhanolkar
If you have any doubts about their ability, I invite you to attend a live show. They're fantastic (and often fantasticall y funny). Check out aqualung.net to see if there's a show near you.
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I really hope the really noticeable autotune was intentional. . .
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I really hope the really noticeable autotune was intentional. . .
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rachel_the_f l u t e _ p l a y e r
He has a voice that can make you smile and melt all at the same time.
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I wonder what was running down his nose?
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butenscj
Aqualung rocks
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ashley0727
I am so in love with All things Aqualung.
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This guy has some serious talent.
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brighter than sunshine is hawesome.
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lhorine
Love Brighter Than Sunshine, can't stop listening to it. Bought it yesterday for my MP3.
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kevin.clerks
Isn't this the guy that Ron Burgandy called out when he finished that flute solo he did in Anchorman?
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One of my favorite contemporary artists...he c k , one of my favorite artists, period. Excellent writer, vocalist, and overall musician. All of Matt's albums are staples of my car cd player.

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he's really good, but he's just a little too peaceful, he lacks edge and authority. not for me
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I agree jckibling - instantly takes me back to best parts of "A Lot Like Love" - better movie than I thought it'd be.
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this song always helps relax me.
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jckibling
This song always makes me thing of the movie, "A lot like love."
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And i thought some of the other people were good
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Love every single song.
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floy_81
love it!!! just uplifting!!! yet relaxing!!

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