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Ancient Heart

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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Singer/songwriter Tanita Tikaram's debut album, Ancient Heart, stands as one of the most underappreciated albums of the 1980s, and she, along with Tracy Chapman, preceded the 1990s' onslaught of female singer/songwriters by almost a decade. Tikaram, who was only 19 when this album was released, created a melancholy and wistful work, mature beyond her years, of startling originality and honesty. While this album may be considered folkish and artsy, it never stoops to the clichés that dominated those styles of music in the later Lilith Fair years. Her near perfect signature song "Twist in My Sobriety" is a stark, sinuous, desperate torch song that managed to garner a bit ...
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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Singer/songwriter Tanita Tikaram's debut album, Ancient Heart, stands as one of the most underappreciated albums of the 1980s, and she, along with Tracy Chapman, preceded the 1990s' onslaught of female singer/songwriters by almost a decade. Tikaram, who was only 19 when this album was released, created a melancholy and wistful work, mature beyond her years, of startling originality and honesty. While this album may be considered folkish and artsy, it never stoops to the clichés that dominated those styles of music in the later Lilith Fair years. Her near perfect signature song "Twist in My Sobriety" is a stark, sinuous, desperate torch song that managed to garner a bit of radio and video airplay in its day and sounded like nothing else then or since. Other highlights include the lovely and more upbeat "Cathedral Song," "World Outside Your Window," and "Good Tradition," as well as the jazzy "For All the Years" and the haunting "I Love You" and "Valentine Heart" -- the latter being one of the album's true highlights. Ancient Heart is a smoky, world-weary album, that, years after its initial release, does not sound one bit dated and has effortlessly stood the test of time. The definite highlight of Tanita Tikaram's career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075992583923
  • Catalog Number: 25839
  • Sales rank: 95,160

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tanita Tikaram Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Mark Isham Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paul Brady Mandolin
David Lindley Violin
Mo Foster Fretless Bass Guitar
Marc Ribot Guitar, Horn
Rod Argent Keyboards
Brendan Croker Guitar
Pete Beachill Trombone
Mitch Dalton Guitar
Martin Ditcham Percussion
John Georgiadis Violin
Keith Harvey Cello
Noel Langley Trumpet
Malcolm Messiter Oboe
Helen O'Hara Violin
Brendon O'Reilly Violin
Philip Todd Saxophone
Peter Van Hooke Drums
Clem Clempson Guitar
Mark Creswell Guitar
Ian Jewell Viola
Rory McFarlane Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Tanita Tikaram Arranger, Composer
Rod Argent Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Simon Hurrell Engineer
Peter Van Hooke Arranger, Producer
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