Charm and the Strange

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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
With help from the rhythm section of Echo & the Bunnymen, singer Simon Wilcox takes the bull by the horns and steers this album in the right direction immediately. The urgent and strong "Bored" is a gritty, edgy rock tune that never falters and flows nicely into the slightly lighter but solid hi-hat dance rock of "Awful Badly." Perhaps the biggest strength the album has is how lean and polished the songs come across, especially radio-friendly pop
ock nuggets like the Coldplay-leaning "Beatbox" and the equally enjoyable, punchy feel that the foot-stomping "Eyes on You" evokes. She even pulls it back out with a French version to close ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
With help from the rhythm section of Echo & the Bunnymen, singer Simon Wilcox takes the bull by the horns and steers this album in the right direction immediately. The urgent and strong "Bored" is a gritty, edgy rock tune that never falters and flows nicely into the slightly lighter but solid hi-hat dance rock of "Awful Badly." Perhaps the biggest strength the album has is how lean and polished the songs come across, especially radio-friendly pop
ock nuggets like the Coldplay-leaning "Beatbox" and the equally enjoyable, punchy feel that the foot-stomping "Eyes on You" evokes. She even pulls it back out with a French version to close the record. Wilcox rarely lets things sag, although "Disaster Strikes" almost falls into a rather mediocre realm with its rich, dreamy feel. Fortunately, her strong songwriting skills pick the album back up by its proverbial bootstraps with the infectious "Mother's Ruin" whose melody is criminally good. It's as if the musician is intent on giving the listener a filler-free record, and she's delivered on that in spades, even if a gentle piano fleshes out the powerful "Sad Fool." Meanwhile, "Nobody's Sweetheart" could be compared in some respects to the opening moments of Pulp's "Common People." The only tender track is the gentle "Stars Are Gone" which shows another side to Wilcox. The only strange thing about this album is how charming it truly is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2007
  • Label: Maple
  • UPC: 823674647124
  • Catalog Number: 6471

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:06)
  2. 2 Bored (2:05)
  3. 3 Awful Badly (3:08)
  4. 4 Beatbox (2:35)
  5. 5 Eyes on You (3:36)
  6. 6 Anyone Close (2:40)
  7. 7 Disaster Strikes (2:42)
  8. 8 Mother's Ruin (4:14)
  9. 9 Sad Fool (4:05)
  10. 10 Nobody's Sweetheart (2:58)
  11. 11 Too Pretty (3:23)
  12. 12 Stars Are Gone (3:57)
  13. 13 Les Yeux Sur Toi (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Simon Wilcox Primary Artist, Vocals, Musician
Drew Birston Bass, Musician
Mike Moore Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Musician
Peter Wilkinson Bass, Musician
Kevin Fox Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Musician
Ian Smith Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Musician
Justin Abedin Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Musician
Ron Lopata Musician
Gavin Brown Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Musician
Karen Graves Violin, Musician
Simon Finley Drums, Musician
Tomi Swick Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Musician
Saam Hashemi Musician
Technical Credits
Andy Krehm Mastering
Pete Prilesnik Arranger
Simon Wilcox Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ron Lopata Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Kenny Luong Engineer
Saam Hashemi Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Chris Hutsul Artwork
Kai Koschmider Engineer
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