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Music In Colors

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  • Audio CD (27 Sept. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B0002WUFHO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It Sparkles!
  2. Transitoire I
  3. Natalie
  4. Transitoire II
  5. She Wants To Share Her Magic
  6. Transitoire III
  7. Music In Colours
  8. Galaxy
  9. Transitoire IV
  10. Totem
  11. Transitoire V
  12. Hotle End Hotel
  13. Transitoire VI
  14. Charlotte's Conversations
  15. Transitoire VII
  16. A Fall From The Sky
  17. It Sparkles! (Demo)
  18. Holte End Hotel (Demo)

Product Description

STEPHEN DUFFY featuring NIGEL KENNEDY Music In Colours (2004 issue UK 19-track enhanced CD album including 2 demo recordings It Sparkles & Holte End Hotel plus Natalie - CD Rom Video picture sleeve CDSHSP4130)

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At last! This truly great album has been re-released. People didn't get it first time round; but the combination of Duffy's outstanding songwriting and composing and Nigel Kennedy's (yes him!) extraordinarily diverse violin accompaniment is pure gold. Experimental in places (covering styles ranging from delicate pizzacato to Indian raga in the adjoining instrumental Transitoires), but never losing sight of melody, this album flows beautifully. And the songs...romantic, but not a cliche in sight, from a songwriter at the very pinnacle of his craft. Recent magazine reviewers of the album (Q, Mojo) have seen the light this time round. Those who bought it in 1993, have had a decade of pleasure. Those intrigued by Duffy's songwriting for Robbie Williams, should investigate the sheer panache and passion of Music in Colours........and then check out Duffy's band, The Lilac Time.
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Great cd also featuring Nigel Kennedy. I already had Kennedy's Hendrix cd so thought I'd give it a whirl. I enjoyed this as well and left me wanting to hear more of Duff's music. Try it; you may be pleasantly surprised.
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Stephen Duffy and Nigel Kennedy were both suffering from a public image problem at the time of this release. Duffy was that Tintin bloke who wanted you to kiss him, while the violinist was a virtuoso in the body of a scruffy berk. For the narrow of mind it obscured the fact that both men were touched with rare talent.

Duffy's sombre-yet-catchy folk-inflected songs reached a cult audience via his band the Lilac Time; the indifference of the wider public had left him on his own again. Kennedy was an elemental violinist, itching to experiment but boxed in by his reputation and major label deal.

Here, one of Duffy's finest collections of songs gives Kennedy the platform from which to soar. His violin is unleashed, drenched with wah-wah and distortion, but still informed by his classical background. The sometimes maligned "transitoires" are perfect bridges between the songs, and have the effect of making the whole album a coherent piece rather than just a series of tracks.

The result is an extremely moving musical experience which falls somewhere between Bruch and The Waterboys. It ranks among the best work that either artist has produced.
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It's easy to knock this release - the addition of Nigel Kennedy's violin in the form of fairly unlistenable transition tracks between Duffy's compositions is more than enough to put some people off. Kennedy was always something of a joke figure, so slapping him on this album was commercial suicide.
But I think the collaboration is fabulous. Duffy's songs are given sparse but incredibly effective arrangements, presumably to make space for Kennedy's violin accompaniments, but as a result you get some of the songwriter's finest songs ever sung with a real simplicity that makes them hypnotic.
It's not all solid gold, but Natalie is one of my favourite songs full stop, and Charlotte's Conversations, She Wants To Share Her Magic and Totem are also pop perfection.
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Hmmmm. A bit of a difficult one, this. You see, the good tracks are well up to Mr Duffy's usual standard which, for me, means it's excellent. However, his songs are interspersed with small (and sometimes not so small) musical transitions by Nigel Kennedy, which tend to grate mercilessly and spoil the flow of what could have been a pop gem. By all means buy it, but keep the cd player's remote to hand.
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