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Chris Stills [Canada]
     

Chris Stills [Canada]

by Chris Stills
 

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Recorded in 2005 and subsequently released in Europe and Canada of that year, Chris Stills' sophomore album took an unexpectedly tumultuous path to its eventual appearance in the U.S. nearly three years after it was recorded. The track list was also changed for the disc's stateside bow. The follow-up to his 1998 debut successfully widens the distance between his

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Recorded in 2005 and subsequently released in Europe and Canada of that year, Chris Stills' sophomore album took an unexpectedly tumultuous path to its eventual appearance in the U.S. nearly three years after it was recorded. The track list was also changed for the disc's stateside bow. The follow-up to his 1998 debut successfully widens the distance between his somewhat derivative initial offering as he stakes out more unique, personal territory apart from the folk-rock of his previous set. That has been replaced with an introspective and appealing pop/soul mélange which not only distances him from his famous father Stephen, but is unique in its own right. Credit goes in part to producer Hod David (Maxwell) who assists with the instrumentation and finds a comfortable space between R&B and singer/songwriter pop. This song cycle of sorts built around finding love generally avoids the clichés inherent in that most overdone of subjects because of the quality material and Stills' sweetly innocent yet emotionally inspired vocals. A small string section brings additional warmth to "When the Pain Dies Down," and even the songs sung in French (Stills was schooled in Paris) seem unforced and naturally romantic. The songs that are co-writes with French songwriters fit with the rest of the material based on their sumptuous melodies alone, even without translations. The album stays locked in a midtempo groove but never gets repetitious due to sharp production and Stills' innate sense of lyrical and musical nuance. It's a laid-back and low-key yet engaging collection that grows more arresting with additional spins. Even better, Stills proves himself to be a self-contained, multi-instrumental (keys, bass, and guitar) talent who doesn't need, and isn't depending on, his famous last name to attract attention.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2011
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5033197352725
catalogNumber:
7629

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Performance Credits

Chris Stills   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Hi Hat,Guitar (Baritone),Baritone Ukulele
Hod David   Bass,Wurlitzer
Julia Kent   Strings
Juan Patino   Percussion,Tom-Tom
Joan Wasser   Strings
Nina Lee   Strings
Matt Johnson   Percussion,Drums
Patrice Renson   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
David "Debar" Demers   Bass
Raphaël Sequiniér   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Hod David   Producer,Engineer
Juan Patino   Engineer
Chris Stills   Arranger,Composer,drum programming
Yan Leuvrey   Art Direction
Guillemette Gobbi   Art Direction
Boris Bergman   Composer,translation
Olivier Lude   Producer
Stéphane Lumbroso   Engineer
Patrice Renson   Producer
Olivier Dodanne   Adaptation
Sophie Gascon   Composer,Adaptation
Ludvic Mullor   Engineer

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