Bruce’s first record credited to the Noisemakers. Dedicated to R.S.Hornsby.


Released: September 15 2009

  1. “The Black Rats of London”
  2. “Prairie Dog Town”
  3. “Cyclone”
  4. “Continents Drift”
  5. “Paperboy”
  6. “Invisible”
  7. “Levitate”
  8. “Here We Are Again”
  9. “Space is the Place”
  10. “Michael Raphael”
  11. “Simple Prayer”
  12. “In The Low Country”

Your review

This is your chance to be a music critic and give a “star rating” to each of the tracks, before we compare how every songs ranks, across all releases since 1986.

There’s a 10 second clip of each song in our giant audio player below. If you’re inclined to rate any track a perfect 10, please restrict that to one choice only, if you would! Also feel free to leave your comments below if you like.

As well as the tracks, we’re asking you to score the following:

  • Shelf-life life/longevity – how well does it/will it stand up years later?
  • Artwork/liner notes – what came with the record
  • Musicality – musical creativity, spontaneity, connection – what makes it all work
  • Production – how good it sounds
  • Personnel/collaborations – who did what


Some additional reviews that we’ve found, which are largely positive. Click on each title for the full review:

New York Times – “History meets hoedowns, and modernism visits the roadhouse in Bruce Hornsby’s music, which treats Americana as the broadest possible canvas. The songs on his new album “Levitate,” can be as rootsy as Mr. Hornsby’s accordion and dulcimer and as contemporary as a programmed drumbeat. Material from “Levitate” is the basis for a prospective Broadway show, “SCKBSTD,” that will have to be pretty cosmic to match the album.”

Pop Dose: “This batch is up to the task, at once highlighting both the unbridled live energy of the Noisemakers and the fearless studio experimentation that has enlivened some of Hornsby’s finest late-period work.”

Eat Sleep Drink Music: “The focus here is on the songs, which Hornsby pares down to their most essential parts without robbing the arrangements of any of their robust vitality.”

American Songwriter:Levitate is a staggeringly great collection of songs by one of our most gifted songwriters and instrumentalists playing at the top of his game.”

Allmusic Guide: “Old-time Hornsby fans who fell away over the years might want to give this one a listen; it’s closer to his singer/songwriter self than he’s been in many years.”