Cradle to the Grave

Cradle to the Grave

by Squeeze
     
 

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Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook reunited in 2007, but for the first few years the revived Squeeze were nothing more than a touring act, ducking into the studio to re-record their hits in 2010 (the perfectly fine Spot the Difference) but taking their time to write a new batch of songs. That

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Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook reunited in 2007, but for the first few years the revived Squeeze were nothing more than a touring act, ducking into the studio to re-record their hits in 2010 (the perfectly fine Spot the Difference) but taking their time to write a new batch of songs. That long-awaited reunion record, entitled Cradle to the Grave, finally appeared in the autumn of 2015, eight years after the reunion started and 17 years after Squeeze's last album, Domino. Remarkably, especially given its mortality-obsessed title, Cradle to the Grave doesn't play like a revival, nor does it seem concerned with modern fashion. Difford and Tilbrook simply pick up the thread they left hanging in the '90s, acting as if no time has passed. Happily, the pair does not seem as knackered as they did on Domino, a record where they seemed to limp along out of habit. Without consciously reviving any specific Squeeze era -- the closest companion this album has may be the early-'90s efforts, such as Play and Some Fantastic Place -- Cradle to the Grave relies on the sharp melodic construction of Tilbrook and Difford's diffident wit, a combination the crackles throughout this lean 44-minute record. Although there's little doubt this is first and foremost a pop album constructed almost entirely out of tight three- to four-minute tunes, what Squeeze celebrate is classic pop aesthetics, not sound: perhaps the Tamla-Motown bounce of the title track is expected, but the glitterball disco that follows on "Nirvana" is not, and the record is filled with such sly curveballs, finding a bit of earthiness in the majestic contours of the Beach Boys and splendor within boozy singalongs. When applied to such sturdy songs, these grace notes make Cradle to the Grave feel nothing less than celebratory, an affirmation of Difford and Tilbrook's special chemistry as songwriters and bandleaders.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2015
Label:
Caroline
UPC:
0602547521477
catalogNumber:
475214
Rank:
2430

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Squeeze   Primary Artist
Dennis Greaves   Guitar
John Bentley   Bass Guitar
Chris Difford   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Simon King   Background Vocals
Laurie Latham   Percussion,Tamborim
Melanie Marshall   Background Vocals
Glenn Tilbrook   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Strings,Celeste,Sitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Timpani,6-string bass,Mini Moog
Lucy Wilkins   Strings,Violin
Calina de la Mare   Strings,Violin
Everton Nelson   Strings,Violin
Billie Godfrey   Background Vocals
Melvin Duffy   Dulcimer
Ian Rathbone   Viola
Ian Burdge   Cello
Bryan Chambers   Background Vocals
Nate James   Background Vocals
Stephen Large   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Celeste,Conductor,Melodica,Wurlitzer
Natalie Holt   Viola
Suzanne Hunt   Background Vocals
Louis Tilbrook   Background Vocals
Tom Pigott-Smith   Strings,Violin
Simon Hanson   Drums,Background Vocals
Lucky Shaw   Background Vocals,Double Bass
Stephanie Benedetti   Strings,Violin
Kelly Barnes   Background Vocals
Oliver Langford   Viola
Ben Rogerson   Cello
Kirsty Mangan   Violin
Rachael Lander   Cello
Louis Marshall   Background Vocals
Dominic Haddad   Background Vocals
Matt Ward   Strings,Violin
Leon Tilbrook   Vocals
Carly Dexter-Fry   Background Vocals
Miles Connolly   Background Vocals
Jayne Homer   Background Vocals
Bryan Marshall   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Chris Difford   Composer
Laurie Latham   Producer
Glenn Tilbrook   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Stylorouge   Art Direction
Stephen Large   String Arrangements
Chris McNally   Engineer
Lucky Shaw   String Arrangements

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