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World You Need A Change Of Mind [CD]

Kindness Audio CD
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Kindness, a one-man indie disco-funk band comprised of Adam Bainbridge, made its commercial recording debut with the "Swingin Party" single on Moshi Moshi Records in 2009. Splitting his time between London and Berlin, he cites influences that include American disco icons Arthur Russell, Larry Levan, and Leroy Burgess. The commercial recording debut of Kindness, "Swingin ... Read more in Amazon's Kindness Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Female Energy / Polydor
  • ASIN: B006LGRICU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Seod 6:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Swingin' Party 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Anyone Can Fall in Love 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gee Wiz 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gee Up 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. House 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. That's Alright 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cyan 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bombastic 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Doigsong 5:04£0.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Most performers taking their cue from Paul McCartney tend to focus on his indie-co-inventing melodicism or his silly-love-songs optimism, but never let it be said that Adam Bainbridge is most performers. Instead, doubtless recalling that Sir Thumbsaloft's more eccentric manoeuvres included taking a stroll through the Crossroads theme on Venus and Mars, the artist operating as Kindness has opted on his debut to have a stab at Anita "ANGE!" Dobson's vocal version of the EastEnders titles, Anyone Can Fall in Love. Divisive! Although, to be fair, it's hardly a faithful re-recording, opting instead to give it a burnished RnB loverman approach over bedspring basslines and satisfied squelching that recalls Isley-Jasper-Isley's original Caravan of Love.

And that's not even nearly the half of it. World, You Need a Change of Mind proves to be a wickedly slippery affair, holing up in the hinterland between hypnagogia and chillwave and then shooting through it with jolts of funk ferocity (there are murmurs of Ain't Nothin’ Goin' On But the Rent and Pull Up to the Bumper on initial single / Replacements cover Swingin' Party and Doigsong respectively), saxophone that acts as a signifier to both slinky exotica and brassy early-80s activism, to especially ace effect on opener SEOD, and echoes of the sort of dancefloor clank that Hercules and Azari enlivened 2011 so heartily with. Vocally, meanwhile, there's a wilful technical naiveté strikingly at odds with the warm, coaxing-aside-for-a-soothing-beverage multi-tracked proficiency on show; like so much of the 00s mainstream, Kindness is ladling from the cauldron of studio magic, but the results have a humanity that sets them apart from the brittle pristineness of modern pop.

Indeed, for all its capricious cherry-picking of the historic benchmarks of sensuality and synthetics, there's still a sense of genuine invention that permeates the whole album, and could be made no more explicit than in Bombastic, Bainbridge's contribution to the idol-worship-list canon. If it's not quite The 2 Bears' Be Strong, it nonetheless makes bedfellows of such futurist types as Larry Levan, Brian Wilson, Kate Bush and, oh yes, John Lennon. None of whom, by that stage, come as any surprise; shamanic and shambolic in equal measure he may be, but there's no faulting the heroism of Kindness' inspirations or aspirations.

--Iain Moffatt

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel The Love 15 April 2012
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It can't be a bad thing to have positive aspirations in times as dark as
these and Adam Bainbridge (recording as Kindness) would appear to have
them aplenty in his debut release 'World, You Need A Change Of Mind'.

The album glows with love and good fellow-feeling. Even when tackling a
number as trite as Anita Dobson's 'Anyone Can Fall In Love' (one of two
covers in the set) he manages to transcend banality and (with an exquisite
grasp of harmony) transform a car crash of a song and recalibrate it as a
soft-and fluffy hymn to hippie heaven! It's not all kaftan-clad stuff however;
his take on seventies' funk on the brief but delicious 'Get Up' isn't afraid
to let its hair down (and Mr Bainbridge is clearly folically-blessed in this
department!) and party. Final track 'Doigsong', too, with its bouncy slap-bass
and juicy phased guitar accents, sports a shiny pair of disco dancing shoes.

Mr Bainbridge's voice isn't the most expressive instrument on the planet but
he makes the most of his limitations and covers the cracks with consistently
well-conceived vocal harmonies. His arrangement of The Replacement's 1985
composition 'Swingin' Party', with its bubbling synth and clickety-clackety
beats, is awash with the kind of dreamy cadences to drag the sun out of the
darkest cloud and the gentle ebb and flow and soulful chorus of 'House' (top
track by a country mile) delivers one of the loveliest songs I've heard this year.

The project won't take the world by storm but makes it a somewhat better place by stealth.

Recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World You Need A Change of Mind CD 6 Sep 2013
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This is my first cd of this group, but I love this cd and I highly recommend it and so glad it's part of my cd collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZEBALLS!! 21 Nov 2012
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Did not dissapoint at all - great album - super talented guy - fantatstic production once again from Monsiuer Zdar!
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3.0 out of 5 stars rather indifferant 24 Mar 2013
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not very different to many other recordings.I passed it on but I dont know it it was appreciated by the recipient
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slow After Burner 15 Mar 2013
By Lubi V.
Format:Audio CD
Funky Synth Pop - took a couple of 'play throughs' to get into and then it really took off. Great album!
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