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Beverley Craven
     

Beverley Craven

by Beverley Craven
 
Beverley Craven's "Promise Me" was a hit throughout Europe in 1991, and remains an adult radio staple today. Bookended by a naggingly familiar rolling piano arpeggio, it's one of those songs with a melody so well-crafted and easy to memorize, you almost imagine you've heard it somewhere before. Like most of Craven's self-titled debut, "Promise Me" deals with love --

Overview

Beverley Craven's "Promise Me" was a hit throughout Europe in 1991, and remains an adult radio staple today. Bookended by a naggingly familiar rolling piano arpeggio, it's one of those songs with a melody so well-crafted and easy to memorize, you almost imagine you've heard it somewhere before. Like most of Craven's self-titled debut, "Promise Me" deals with love -- clearly her chief interest. She doesn't really explore the subject in depth, the way, say, Joni Mitchell might; her approach is more akin to that of a paperback romance novel, albeit a classy one. There's unrequited love ("I Listen to the Rain"), long-distance love ("Promise Me"), sisterly love ("Memories"), and love for pet dogs ("Joey"). This is all well and good, and Craven is certainly a fine and endearingly romantic composer, but what's missing is a bit of grit. The songs recall work by Karla Bonoff and Beth Nielsen Chapman, but while those two artists occasionally intersperse their lovelorn balladry with rock, country, or folk, Craven refuses to budge from one string-laden musical setting to another. "Two of a Kind" and "Woman to Woman" are uptempo cuts, but they adhere to the same formula as all the other songs, simply with a different time signature. It's a relief, then, that Craven's writing is so excellent, and her voice warm and unpretentious; otherwise she wouldn't be able to get away with such single-mindedness.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/1997
Label:
Epic Europe
UPC:
5099746705329
catalogNumber:
4670532
Rank:
112548

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Performance Credits

Beverley Craven   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Simon Nicol   Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Martin Allcock   Bass
Bias Boshell   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Pat Donaldson   Bass
Andy Findon   Clarinet
Kick Horns   Brass
Jody Linscott   Percussion,Rainstick
Dave Mattacks   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums
Frank Mead   Flute,Harmonica,Alto Saxophone
Suzanne Rhatigan   Background Vocals
Paul Samwell-Smith   Background Vocals
Graeme Taylor   Banjo
Jim Williams   Electric Guitar,Soloist
John Elliott   Sousaphone
Sheila Parker   Background Vocals
Roger Williams   Trombone
Sheryl Parker   Background Vocals
Howard Evans   Trumpet,Leader
Tubs Andrew   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Beverley Craven   Composer
Nick Bicât   Orchestration
Barry Hammond   Engineer
Paul Samwell-Smith   Producer
Toby Alington   Engineer

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