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Always
     

Always

by Gabrielle
 
From her cover version of Dionne Warwick's "Walk on By" to her Bridget Jones theme "Out of Reach" to her brilliantly executed Motown pastiche "Give Me a Little More Time," the musical world's most famous eye-patch wearer, Gabrielle, was a successful exponent of retro-soul-pop long before the likes of

Overview

From her cover version of Dionne Warwick's "Walk on By" to her Bridget Jones theme "Out of Reach" to her brilliantly executed Motown pastiche "Give Me a Little More Time," the musical world's most famous eye-patch wearer, Gabrielle, was a successful exponent of retro-soul-pop long before the likes of Amy Winehouse and Duffy had even recorded a note. Following a disappointing country reinvention with previous album Play to Win, her fifth studio release, Always, sees her return to the trademark sound that helped to sell a million copies of 1999's Rise and her subsequent Greatest Hits. But far from being a step backwards, its 12 tracks, largely co-written with regular collaborator Julian Gallagher, actually provide some of the most inventive material of her 15-year career. "Love Me Like You Do" is an infectious toe-tapping stomper with shades of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound production, "Every Little Teardrop" is a laid-back summery midtempo number featuring a guitar riff reminiscent of Lenny Kravitz's "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over," and the title track is an intriguing blend of Kanye West-style helium vocal samples and orchestral jazz-funk. Not averse to the odd sample (the original version of her debut hit, "Dreams," borrowed the guitar hook from Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car," while her second number, "Rise," lifted the backing from Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"), Gabrielle always proves she hasn't lost her knack of effortlessly adapting other artists' work. "I Remember" is a glorious slice of '70s soul that samples Tom Brock's "There's Nothing in This World That Can Stop Me from Loving You," also used in Jay-Z's "Girls Girls Girls," while lead single "Why" is a subtle acoustic song based on Paul Weller's "Wild Wood," and also features the Modfather himself on backing vocals and guitar. Unfortunately, the midsection of the album descends into MOR territory with countless bland guitar ballads like "All I Want" and "It's Breaking My Heart" all merging into one. However, "Show Me Love" is a dramatic orchestral love song that showcases Gabrielle's raspy Macy Gray-esque tones, while the gorgeous string-soaked "Closure" recalls the aching vulnerability of her most underrated single, 2001's "Should I Stay." The chart-topping success and Radio 1 support might be all but a distant memory, but Always wisely ignores any attempt to keep up with her younger contemporaries, its effortless blend of authentic soul and classy understated production a sure sign that Gabrielle is more than content to grow older gracefully, and on her own terms too.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2007
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0602517203754
catalogNumber:
1720375

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Performance Credits

Gabrielle   Primary Artist
Mark Berrow   Violin
Caroline Dale   Cello
Andy Dean   Bass
Liz Edwards   Violin
Richard Hynd   Keyboards
Garfield Jackson   Viola
Chris Laurence   Double Bass
Martin Loveday   Cello
Rita Manning   Violin
Christian Marsac   Guitar,Saxophone
Ally McErlaine   Guitar
Chris Pitsillides   Viola
Johnathan Rees   Violin
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Ben Wolff   Drums
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Simon Hale   Piano,Strings
Helen Tunstall   Harp
Peter Lale   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Jackie Shave   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Derrick Taylor   Bass,Violin
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Julian Leaper   Violin
David McAlmont   Background Vocals
Everton Nelson   Violin
Julian Gallagher   Drums
Perry Mason   Violin,Leader
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Anders Kallmark   Keyboards
Gustav Clarkson   Viola
Paul John Weller   Guitar,Background Vocals
Carmen Reece   Background Vocals
Juan Alaya   Guitar
David "Crackers" Cracknell   Piano
Ben Wiesner   Drums
Tom Pigott-Smith   Violin
Christopher Tombling   Violin
David Woodcock   Violin
William Lockhart   Percussion,Timpani
Jonathan Williams   Cello
Steve Morris   Violin

Technical Credits

Tom Brock   Composer
Andy Dean   Composer,Producer
Richard Hynd   Composer,Programming
Chris Potter   Engineer
Ben Wolff   Composer,Producer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Simon Hale   String Arrangements
Gabrielle   Composer
Dillon Gallagher   Engineer
Julian Gallagher   Composer,Producer
Anders Kallmark   Programming
Root   Art Direction
Robert Nelson Relf   Composer
Steve Price   Engineer

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