Avengers [Original Soundtrack]

Avengers [Original Soundtrack]

     
 

The Avengers was a quintessentially English television show, and even in its Americanized, updated feature film version, many of its sensibilities are British, not American. That's why the ska-punk of Sugar Ray and Dishwalla's post-grunge stand out on the otherwise stylish soundtrack to the UmaSee more details below

Overview

The Avengers was a quintessentially English television show, and even in its Americanized, updated feature film version, many of its sensibilities are British, not American. That's why the ska-punk of Sugar Ray and Dishwalla's post-grunge stand out on the otherwise stylish soundtrack to the Uma Thurman/Ralph Fiennes/Sean Connery wannabe blockbuster -- without flair and camp, it's hard to fit into the world of The Avengers. The Verve Pipe try to remedy that situation by collaborating with XTC's Andy Partridge, a quintessentially English pop songwriter who just happens to lack style; consequently, "Blow You Away" -- a tune that sports a modern, techno-conscious production previously unheard of in a Verve Pipe song -- is a catchy, well-constructed track that nevertheless sounds out of place on an album that's slanted toward modern British dance and pop. Most of the music on The Avengers is John Berry filtered through big beat and trip-hop. It's not necessarily cutting-edge -- Stereo MC's and Utah Saints are simply playing catch-up, while Grace Jones has never sounded more awkward. Much of the rest, however, is quite fun. Roni Size's "Visiting Angel "proves his mastery of elegant jungle; Suggs' ridiculous "I Am" has some charm; Babybird's "Bad Twin" is appropriately ironic in its melodic gloom; and Marius de Vries explodes the theme, re-creating it as a thundering club cut. These moments may not be enough to make The Avengers consistently entertaining, but it's enough to make it an enjoyable listen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/1998
Label:
Wea International
UPC:
0075678311826
catalogNumber:
783118

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Annie Lennox   Track Performer
Utah Saints   Track Performer
Nick Feldman   Keyboards
Andy Findon   Flute
Stephen Hussey   Strings
Stephen Lironi   Bass,Guitar,Loops
Sinéad O'Connor   Vocals,Track Performer
Jeff Rose   Guitar
Andy Ross   Brass
Matthew Seligman   Bass
Steve Sidelnyk   Percussion,Drums
Bruce Woolley   Theremin
Verve Pipe   Track Performer
Dishwalla   Track Performer
Brian Liesegang   Multi Instruments
Babybird   Track Performer
Louise Post   Vocals
Rico Rodriguez   Trombone
Ged Lynch   Drums
Matt Walker   Drums
Chris Elliott   Conductor
Steve Fitzpatrick   Guitar
Cutmaster Swift   scratching
Loreta   Soprano (Vocal)
Shaun Lee   Guitar
Dominic Glover   Brass
Frank Ricotta   Percussion
Chris Holmes   Multi Instruments

Technical Credits

Stereo MC's   Producer
James Young   Engineer
Utah Saints   Producer
John Cornfield   Producer
Pete Davis   Programming,Producer
Marius de Vries   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Brass Arrangment
Stephen Lironi   Programming,Producer
Steve Sidelnyk   Arranger,Programming,Brass Arrangment
Andy Todd   Engineer
Bruce Woolley   Producer
Dishwalla   Producer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Marc Waterman   Producer,Engineer
Brian Liesegang   Programming,Engineer
Babybird   Producer
Mike Hagler   Engineer
Roni Size   Producer
Tony Dawsey   Engineer,Mastering
Craig Kallman   Producer
Ken Sluiter   Engineer
Jerry Weintraub   Executive Producer
Chris Elliott   Arranger,Programming,Producer
McG   Producer
Sugar Ray   Producer
Alexis Smith   Programming
Aidan Love   Programming
Conrad Lambert   Producer
Alex Hardy   Programming
Darren Higman   Producer,Executive Producer
Sam Gibson   Engineer
Dave Amso   Engineer
Pat Moran   Producer
Thor Eldon   Composer
Chris Holmes   Programming,Engineer
Ashtar Command   Producer

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