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Amorino

Amorino

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by Isobel Campbell
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Instinct Records
UPC:
0720841062127
catalogNumber:
410621
Rank:
259058

Tracks

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
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
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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Amorino 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
simplejen More than 1 year ago
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.