- Audio CD (2 Dec 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Artful
- ASIN: B00007GZEX
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|2. Mr. T|
|3. Dead girls don't say no|
|5. Motel lullaby|
|6. Lonely machine|
|7. Hello Kitty|
|8. Paper boat|
|11. You care too much|
|12. Super angel|
|13. Brighton rocks|
As Gramophone consists of two male studio boffins (Jon Cotton and David Picking) and one female singer/lyricist (Penny McConnell), I'm sure they'll get compared to the likes of Portishead and Goldfrapp, but in truth this album has both a wider scope and a more organic sound (lots of real instruments for a change!) than anything those two bands have done.
Almost every track is a winner, but my favourites would be 'Home', a slow, dubby song with a great bassline over which McConnell delivers a spooky tale of infidelity, 'Hello Kitty', probably the most abrasive and experimental track, with a vocal which alternates between tender and terrifying, and 'Paper Boat', which by contrast is a simple, intimate song about a lost lover or relative, set to the barest of piano, bass and drums.
Overall, this is a subtle, intelligent album which deserves to be heard, and fans of slightly off-centre artists such as Stina Nordenstam, Sparklehorse, Talk Talk or Tindersticks won't be disappointed. Buy it!
there's nothing boring on here but then again there are no singles either - if you're looking for a catchy fix then this isn't it. i'm glad it's not - it'd ruin the fact that this album is one art piece that touches the soul! the lyrics are riddles but you get the feeling that the singer's an angry lass but it makes the music deeper with underlying moodiness - nice.
i really hope that more people find out about this - it's not your typical marketable music so i hope the record industry realise what a gem they have here, otherwise it'd be such a waste!
i really love the strings! just hope it's not a one off...