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  • Audio CD (11 Oct. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Euro Parrot
  • ASIN: B0000076IE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1. Don't Be Afraid
2. We Never Know
3. Song For Europe
4. Beautiful Day
5. Always
6. Nervous
7. Where Have All The Flowers Gone
8. No Government (Plaid Remix)
9. Nightmare
10. Judgement Day
11. You Are Heaven Sent
12. Just To Say Peace And Love
13. No Government
14. Don't Be Ashamed (Don't Be Afraid Part II)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zebulebu on 17 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
One-time collaborator of Massive Attack (most memorably on the superb 'Sly' from the 'Protection' album), this is Nicolette's debut solo album, released in 1996. Something of a mixed bag, with some great tracks, but a few clunky ones, and a couple of bog-standard fillers, this album nevertheless merits checking out, if only for the superb 'Don't Be Afraid', 'We'll Never Know' and 'No Government'. These three tracks alone are worthy of spending the dough to track this down.
Listeners expecting the relatively easy ride of Massive Attack are in for a shock - whilst there are some pretty chilled-out tracks, the majority of the album is quirky, bass heavy and very, very uncommercial. Nicolette's unique, breathy vocal are similar to some of the old jazz chanteuses she so obviosuly admires (especially Billie Holiday), but the music is far from jazz. If a parallel can be drawn it is with 'Post' and 'Homogenic' era Bjork, the eclectic nature of some of the songs here rivals the more bonkers moments on those two records.
Of t he aforementioned highlights, 'No Government' had the potential to be a massive single, but somehow flopped. The eerie, dischordant intro is quickly replaced by a mahoosive stomping bass and a diatribe about modern politics which wouldn't sound out of place on a Billy Bragg album.
Of the other two, Don't Be Afraid' is a superb opener - Equivalent to 'Kid A' era Radiohead with its electronic buffoonery and menacing vocals, whilst 'We'll Never Know' is a well-crafted bit of agit-pop with some percussion production that sounds similar to Plaid's best work.
However, the album is not without its faults. Some of the tracks are sparse in the extreme and appear to be little more than attempts to pad the album out. This is foolish, because it ends up turning what could be a classic into simply a very good album.
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By Farhan Haq on 19 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'll never understand how this album was overlooked, this is a bone fide classic which should have sent her overground into hugedom and had her as revered as Bjork. It is simply a stunning piece of work where Nicolette has been musically assisted by some very credible producers including Plaid, 4 Hero and Alex Reese. The music is certainly leftfield favouring the kind of digital lunacy that Warp records used to specialise in. Then there are her vocals, coming over like a modern day torch singer, the juxtaposition of her gorgeous, rich voice with underground beats works brilliantly, the nearest thing to this would be Bjork's work with Marc Bell from LFO which at times treads similar sonic territory. Her lyrics are modern and edgy and dare I say capture the zeitgeist of the paranoid time during which it was written. I can not fault this album, it is a seriously accomplished piece of work and with the price it's going for on Amazon, definitely a compulsory purchase, it's not too late, get it while you can.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Digging around in the one of The Wolfcave's darker
and dustier corners I stumbled over this. I'd forgotten
that I had ever heard (let alone owned) it! Welcome back.

Nicolette is Nicolette Swinton and her album 'Let No-One
Live Rent Free In your Head' was released in 1996.
I am amazed, having rediscovered it, just how fresh and
challenging it still sounds.

The album isn't always an easy listen and is equally
difficuly to pigeonhole. Broadly speaking she has
invested in a brand of electronica which is unafraid
of experiment and innovation. Her collaborators, are
happy to accompany her to the edge of sonic reason to
bring her musical visions to life.

'Nervous', for example, is a killer-track. Produced by
Alec Empire it is an edgy piece of distorted drum and bass
brimming over with tooth-jarring electricity.
Nicolette's fragile voice weaves in and out of the complex
arrangement with cool confidence. The contrast is riveting!

That it is followed by a haunting re-working of Pete Seger's
great anti-war song 'Where Have All The Flowers Gone?' is
an ambiguous and moving side-step. It's place in these
troubled times still has enormous resonance and relevance.

'Beautiful Day' is a pared-down piece of slick jazzy sensuality.
Nicolette delivers a stunning vocal performance within the
parameters of Plaid's minimal hot-night-in-the-city production.
She shows-off the rich lower-reaches of her range as well as
the more familiar stratospheric upper register.
It is a wonderfully limber and nicely loopy instrument!

Some of the lyrical ideas seems to have arisen from a deep
and painful place.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
the future billie holiday. . . electronica style 31 May 2001
By bowery boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Most people are familiar with nicolette by her collaborations with plaid ('extork' on 'not for threes') and massive attack ('three' and 'sly' on 'protection'} but on 'let no one live rent free in your head', her sophomore effort, her talents shine through. she wrote all the tracks and produced some as well. Fans of plaid won't be disappointed either, since four tracks on this CD are produced by them.
Like billie holiday,(who nicolette eerily sounds like and has been compared to) nicolette sings songs full of love and loss backed by pounding drum and bass, lush trip-hop and sonic soundscapes. she CAN be a bit artsy fartsy for her own good but that's not a bad thing. it adds an extra dimension to the songs. for some, this can be a difficult listen at first. it's definitely music that grows on you and demands that you not only listen to the music but also pay attention to the lyrics. nicolette has a lot to say. with exception of the two slow tracks ('where have all the flowers gone' and 'judgment day', her two moments of artsy fartsiness) each track is pure production perfection. the first three songs are the best, although ALL the plaid tracks are pure genius.
'don't be afraid' is nicolette only accompanied by electronic bleeps. a quick minute long number that showcases her billie holiday-esque vocal talents.
'we never know' is the first plaid produced track. nicolette sings ambiguous lyrics ("what do we know now? who do we know? what do we mean when we say so?") backed by an amazing collage of plaid beats. after two minutes of vocals the song breaks into a two minute musical interlude full of swirling plaid synths before nicolette's voice echoes back into the mix. gorgeous!
'song for europe'(which i think is the best track on the CD) she sadly admonishes her lover telling him she's going home to europe "unless you tell me you love me. . .unless you ask me to stay. . .it's cold here and the buildings are grey. . . but if you don't want me around let me know . . . i'm going home". You can hear the sadness in her voice backed with the harsh juxaposition of a manic drum and bass beat. The contrast works so well that the song comes across as being very heartfelt. It gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it.
'beautiful day' is another plaid track. slow and dreamy.
'always' is a deceptively sunny song with a bubbly melody and nicolette's uplifting vocals yet the lyrics are somber as she sings about those near and dear to her heart who have died, how the world goes on even though they're gone and what is the point to life?
'nervous' is a sonic soundscape. loud blasts of grating synthesized noise and breaking glass trail through the speakers conveying a feeling of nervousness while nearly drowning out nicolette's voice. This track is very similar to bjork's 'pluto' (from her 'homogenic' CD) yet whereas bjork's 'pluto' is more dance oriented, nicolette's 'nervous' is more an experiment in sound.
'no government(plaid remix)' is yet another brilliant plaid production. a manic lurching beat, rolling electric guitar riff and nicolette of course. this is a remix of the original version from her debut (which also appears on this CD. a much slower version with weird armageddon horns and a 'marching into war' army type of drumbeat).
'nightmare' is another sonic soundscape full of loud abrasive electric guitar as nicolette sings about her nightmare of domestic tranquilty that she eventually ends up living. a clever track.
'you are heaven sent' a electro pop song about the perfect dream man. as nicolette sings "gotta gotta wake up soon" you can hear her alarm clock going off in the distance as it eventually takes over the song.
'just to say peace and love' is a smoky jazz number with upright bass. another showcase of her vocal talents.
the CD closes with 'don't be ashamed' a repeat of 'don't be afraid' with different lyrics. 'afraid' opens the CD, warning you not to be afraid of what you're about to experience. 'ashamed' closes out the CD telling you not to be ashamed of enjoying what you just experienced.
All in all this is an amazing CD by a little known (at least in the U.S.) but highly talented artist. call her an electronic billie holiday or a black bjork, she's brilliant. It's been well over four years since its release and word has it that nicolette is hard at work on new material. Let's hope so. This is wonderful music that needs and deserves to be heard.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Certainly not an easy listen...But still a fantastic album 30 Oct. 2003
By fetish_2000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A very unusual album to ascertain, because the subject matter is so eclectic that reasonable labelling can't be easily assessed. Female vocalist "Nicolette", can only truly be described as an `Urban Björk', in that her vocal talents are eccentric & non-conformist, and stretches for high note chords, through to softly ushered musings, and with a quite frankly astonishing sound production, that outright refuses to be anything approaching conventional, and forcing the listener to put significant concentration & aural investment into each (& every) track, that isn't something, that makes for `Radio Friendly' music...Yet in spite of all this, its somewhat chock-o-block full of innovative creation & ideas, that it positively busting at the seams with ideas. (So much so that one of her best tracks "No Government", has been remixed by artists such as "Plaid"), and the producers are confident enough in her singing ability to have her tackle `Intelligent Drum `n' Bass'...'Industrial'....'Trip-Hop'....'Eclectic Electronica' all so masterfully handled that its incredibly hard to imagine any other female vocalist being able to hand such a diversity without dropping the ball on one of the aforementioned genres, and as well as being sometime incredibly refreshing & Challenging to listen to, this is also undoubtedly one of the best Cd's I've had to had to pleasure to listen to so far this year.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
best lyricist, beautiful vocalist, original 12 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is very rare music. She is a great lyricist, with incredibly irony or something beyond irony. You listen again and again and THEN you see she is coming from a completely oblique angle, not what you thought but something simpler and more interesting. That informs her voice which is like a waking dream, a voice in yr head and yr heart.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The best ! 27 Aug. 2000
By Senne Soli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I got to know Nicolette tanx to Massive Attack's "Three" and "Sly". This album is really great. It has so many different styles in it. Nicolette is a little bit like the black Björk, and in a sense, it's true. Most of the tracks on the album R balancing between dance and pop ( "We Never Know", "Song For Europe",... ), and sometimes she goes into trip hop ( "Beautiful Day", "Your Are Heaven Sent",... ). At other tracks, like "Don't Be Afraid" and "Don't Be Ashamed ( Don't Be Afraid Part II )", she's just experimenting with electronic music. At other points ( "No Government ( As A Way Of Life ) ( Plaid Remix ) ), she dives into techno. The original version of this track is also really great and danceable. At "Nervous" and "Nightmare" she reminded me of Björk's "Pluto" ( from "Homogenic" ) - she just plunges into a mixture of techno and noise. On "Where Have All The Flowers Gone ?" and "Judgement Day" she reminded me of "Weather Storm" and "Heat Miser" ( Massive Attack, "Protection" ) - a beautiful soft and soothing piano flows through these tracks. But more important ( for me ) is the big feeling of this disk. Some people may find her a little bit artsy fartsy, but I don't think so ; she's really honest, and wise. You can almost hear that she has seen and experienced a lot. She's talking about respect and respecting each other, and dares to question herself ( "Judgement Day" ). She's also not walking away from adressing the problems in this society ( "Song For Europe" ) - more important, instead of bitching down on everyone, she's trying to help by explaining her point of view and thoughts and feelings regarding the subject in a polite way. Just buy it, she's great. Only too bad only a few people know about her. She should release more material.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
...waitin for the photo finish... 31 Jan. 2002
By R. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...much love to nicolette for providin me with the coolest album title in my collection!
but:
i wish someone in my head WAS payin rent, maybe they could have advised me to stop bein so damn eclectic and for me to buy somethin i REALLY been wantin, like eric b. & rakim's 'paid in full' cd....damn....
anyway, she aint bad...comparin her to billie holiday is a stretch, but not entirely far-fetched...i'm feelin that comparison. nicolette has that dreamy, wispy, whispery vocal-delivery-thing down pat, she excels when she reaches down into that gut and pulls out them buttery, guttery, guttaral, near-lustful moans...i dig that...the biggest flaw for me is that the production is so damn sparse; her voice is cute and all but a few extra bells and some hand claps mighta helped this out...not no p-funk or anything...but some 'snap' woulda pushed this thru for me.
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