Secret Ruler of the World

by Quiet Loner

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Henri 03:12
Dusk settles 04:17
Steal away 03:17
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Quiet Loner's debut album of country heartbreak. Originally released in 2004 Secret Ruler of the World reached number one on the UK Americana chart and was voted album of the year by

“It’s not an overstatement to say it’s up there with Ryan Adams’ “Heartbreaker”. Believe me, you need to hear this album.” Whisperinandhollerin

“If heartbreak has ever before been melded into such an intriguing, downright splendid attraction then I’d be at pains to believe it, for this is an absolute treasure of originality.” Logo magazine

“Secret Ruler’ is punishing and yet cruelly beautiful. Eleven songs that we guarantee will strike you dumb. As sweetly stinging as you could ever imagine an album could be.” Losing Today

“maybe it’s Hill’s warm intensity, maybe it’s just a cracking album but on this evidence, the UK americana scene has never felt so healthy” Americana UK

“poised between light and dark, like the sweet sting of velvet nettles –three stars” Uncut

“Secret Ruler of The Word is a real find. Deserves to take pride of place in anyone’s Best Of lists at the end of the year, it simply is that good.” Comes with a smile

“echoes disparate bedfellows such as Gram parsons and Elvis Costello – four stars” Classic Rock magazine

“a real talent for songwriting plus some wonderful darker moments that you can’t help but fall in love with” Maverick magazine

“Real Romantic Soul offers gothic bluegrass hung with Spanish moss, God Knows I’m Leaving takes Tom Waits for an Irish immigrant’s country slow waltz through a drunk’s broken heart” Netrhythms


released May 1, 2004

Matt Hill: Vocal, Guitar
Alan Cook: Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro
Mike Harries: Drums, Piano, Organ
Dave Harries: Bass guitar, Banjo

James Youngjohns: Guitar, Viola
Sian Webley: Vocals
Kirsty McGee: Vocals, Flute
Sophia Marshall: Vocals
Liam Dullaghan: Vocals
Rick Lucas: Guitar
Adam Ellis: Guitar, Vocals

All songs written by Matt Hill
Produced by Matt Hill and Mike Harries
Recorded by Mike Harries at Hope Studios, Sale
Mixed and Mastered by Adam Ellis at Deadline Studios, Leicester
Artwork & Graphic Design: Gwilym Hughes at Temple DPS

This record is dedicated to Bob Buesnel

(P) and (C) Matt Hill
Originally released by Circus 65 Records


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QLR (Quiet Loner Records) is home to Matt Hill a storytelling singer-songwriter and community based artist who offers a British take on folk and Americana.

‘Possibly the most important record of the year’ MAVERICK 5/5
‘An anthem for resistance’ AMERICANA UK 10/10
‘Delicate songwriting. Bleakly beautiful.’ UNCUT (4 stars)
‘Works of wonder’ R2 4/5
An absolute gem' MORNING STAR (Album of the year)
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