Careful What You Wish For

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Texas took a bit of time to deliver the follow-up to Hush -- an indication that the group was either aware that some fans didn't feel the record was up to snuff, or an indication that the group wasn't quite sure where to go next, a theory bolstered by the appearance of a greatest-hits album -- a traditional measure for a band biding their time. When they finally did release their sixth album, Careful What You Wish For, in the fall of 2003, times had changed: they were no longer a shoo-in for the top of the U.K. charts, nor did they have a U.S. contract. Faced with this situation, the group crafted a very safe, very mature, very British set of soulful adult pop. ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Texas took a bit of time to deliver the follow-up to Hush -- an indication that the group was either aware that some fans didn't feel the record was up to snuff, or an indication that the group wasn't quite sure where to go next, a theory bolstered by the appearance of a greatest-hits album -- a traditional measure for a band biding their time. When they finally did release their sixth album, Careful What You Wish For, in the fall of 2003, times had changed: they were no longer a shoo-in for the top of the U.K. charts, nor did they have a U.S. contract. Faced with this situation, the group crafted a very safe, very mature, very British set of soulful adult pop. There are the usual concessions to hipness -- a few of the beats gleam with modernity, there is the de rigueur cameo from rappers -- but this is solidly a smooth, soulful collection of well-crafted pop that intentionally plays it safe. It's not quite as lush as Hush, which highlighted Sharleen Spiteri's sexiness, nor is it the crackerjack, stylish, modern, blue-eyed soul of White on Blonde, which remains their highwater mark. Instead, it's a straight-ahead album that plays to their strengths without exploiting them. In other words, while this is certainly enjoyable as it spins, it doesn't provide many memorable moments. Since the band consciously tried to construct an album that evokes their best work, that's not an entirely surprising result -- they're so intent on delivering a specific sound, they've neglected to spend as much time on the songs -- and it's not a bad result, either, at least on the surface. But once you dig beneath the surface, there's not as much to offer as on White on Blonde, and, for that matter, the surface doesn't glisten as seductively as on Hush, either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2003
  • Label: Mercury Uk
  • UPC: 602498656976
  • Catalog Number: 9865697

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Telephone X (3:43)
  2. 2 Broken (3:28)
  3. 3 Carnival Girl - Kardinal Offishall (4:04)
  4. 4 I'll See It Through (4:04)
  5. 5 Where Did You Sleep? (4:02)
  6. 6 And I Dream (3:57)
  7. 7 Careful What You Wish For (3:31)
  8. 8 Big Sleep (2:35)
  9. 9 Under Your Skin (3:42)
  10. 10 Carousel Dub (2:06)
  11. 11 Place in My World - Dolemite (3:53)
  12. 12 Another Day (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Texas Primary Artist
Sharleen Spiteri Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Georgia Boyd Strings
Ian Broudie Guitar
Eddie Campbell Piano, Keyboards, Group Member
Guy Chambers Guitar
Earl Harvin Drums
Trevor Horn Bass
Greg Lawson Strings
Johnny McElhone Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Group Member
Ally McErlaine Guitar, Group Member
Ceri Evans Keyboards
Cheryl Crockett Strings
Laura Ghiro Strings
Technical Credits
Sharleen Spiteri Composer
Ian Broudie Producer
Eddie Campbell Composer, Programming, String Arrangements
Trevor Horn Producer
Johnny McElhone Composer, Programming, String Arrangements
Ceri Evans Producer, drum programming
Cecilia Weston String Arrangements
Tim Young Mastering
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