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Amorino marks the debut solo release from former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell. According to the artist, she was inspired by "French girl singers, psychedelia, Jimmy Webb, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Graduate, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and of course, the most universal of all themes -- even in these cynical times …Love." She's accompanied on the disc by a variety of instruments, including flutes, horns, and glockenspiel. Previously, Campbell had recorded two albums under the Gentle Waves moniker.
All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell's first album under her own name is very similar ...
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Amorino marks the debut solo release from former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell. According to the artist, she was inspired by "French girl singers, psychedelia, Jimmy Webb, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Graduate, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and of course, the most universal of all themes -- even in these cynical times …Love." She's accompanied on the disc by a variety of instruments, including flutes, horns, and glockenspiel. Previously, Campbell had recorded two albums under the Gentle Waves moniker.
All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell's first album under her own name is very similar to the two albums she recorded as the Gentle Waves. The same autumnal melancholy pervades the songs, the same delicate beauty exists in the arrangements, the same tender emotions are on display lyrically, and Campbell's voice is still a fragile wisp barely able to stay afloat above the sad sawing of the strings. What has changed is the scale of the record: it is really quite grand, with a seeming cast of thousands helping to make the record achingly lush and romantic. The entire disc is flooded with cinematic strings, giving it the feel of a pastoral epic, much like Nick Drake if he were happy or Donovan if he were less happy. Very British and very good. The arrangements are always inventive and dramatic, and it sounds like she also has been listening to some jazz records, because many of the songs have a swinging continental jazz feeling with lots of groovy piano work and bubbling standup bass. Tracks like "Song for Baby" and "October's Sky" are for all intents and purposes straight-up chamber jazz. Good and inventive chamber jazz, even. Campbell also throws in a few surprises, like the wacky Dixieland of "The Cat's Pyjamas" and the Getz/Gilberto-sampling "The Breeze Whispered Your Name." At its best, on songs like "Monologue for an Old True Love" or the Nancy & Lee-styled orchestral country duet with Eugene Kelly, listening to Amorino provides nearly as many musical thrills as listening to a good B&S record. It definitely makes her decision to leave Belle & Sebastian less painful, as now the Belle & Sebastian-loving throng has something to play when it has worn out Dear Catastrophe Waitress.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Instinct Records
  • UPC: 720841062127
  • Catalog Number: 410621
  • Sales rank: 186,550

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Isobel Campbell Primary Artist, Cello
Michael Bannister Background Vocals
Nigel Clark Guitar
Tony Hughes Background Vocals
Greg Lawson Violin
Paul Mills Drums
Debbie Poole Background Vocals
David Scott Acoustic Guitar, Glockenspiel, Timpani, Tubular Bells
Adrian Utley Moog Synthesizer
Ross McFarlane Cymbals, Drums
Jack Murray Trombone
Fiona Stephen Violin
Michael Slaven Electric Guitar
Chimp Percussion
Brian Shiels Bass
Eugene Kelly Voices
Adrian Barry Bass, Acoustic Bass
Bill Wells Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vibes
Alan Mason Violin
Margaret Smith Flute
Jim Gash Drums
Dave Wilson Banjo
Mário Caribé Double Bass
Dave Paterson Background Vocals
Andrea Kuypers Flute
Chris Greive Trombone
Bobby Henderson Trumpet
Lex Allan Sousaphone
Laura Bailie Flute
Tom Bancroff Drums, Pans, Pots
John Burgess Flute, Percussion
Dervilagh Cooper Violin
Cheryl Crockett Violin
Susan Dance Cello
Jonathan Durrant French Horn
Murray Ferguson Violin
Vincent Fleming Violin
Iona Hassan Viola
Laura Hasthorpe Viola
Tom Hulcup Trumpet
John Kenney Trombone
Fergus Kerr French Horn
Lorna Leitch Violin
Tom MacNiven Trumpet
Aoife Magee Viola
Michelle McCabe Flute
Stuart McCleod Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Ed McFarlane Bass
Gordon McNeil Saxophone
Helen McSherry Cello
Ryan Quigley Trumpet
Katherine Nagl Bassoon
Adrienne Payne Background Vocals
Lillian Potter Violin
Philipe Pourhashemi Background Vocals, Spoken Word
Stan Reilly Clarinet
Gill Risi Violin
Caroline Subedi Violin
Mary Ward Violin
Technical Credits
Geoff Allen Engineer
Robin Morton Engineer
Steve Rooke Mastering
Bill Wells Arranger, Brass Arrangment, Flute Arrangement
Isobel Campbell Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Paterson Engineer
Gemma Butler Artwork
Paul Leonard-Morgan Orchestral Arrangements
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    music for the middle of the night

    At two in the morning, Isobel Campbells voice escorts me into a philosophical inventory of my self. If existentialism had a sound, it would be this album.

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