Day of the Lone Wolf

Day of the Lone Wolf

by Astrid Williamson
     
 

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Finally deigning to use her surname for the first time in her solo career, Astrid Williamson returns with the delicate but deceptively substantial Day of the Lone Wolf. Williamson has been seen as something of a Scottish Lisa Germano ever since her first solo album, 1998's Boy for You, which was produced by Germano's formerSee more details below

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Finally deigning to use her surname for the first time in her solo career, Astrid Williamson returns with the delicate but deceptively substantial Day of the Lone Wolf. Williamson has been seen as something of a Scottish Lisa Germano ever since her first solo album, 1998's Boy for You, which was produced by Germano's former musical partner Malcolm Burn. There are certainly shared elements between the two singer/songwriters -- similar tastes for whispery vocals, nakedly confessional lyrics, and intricately layered arrangements that fuse acoustic and electronic instruments -- but on Day of the Lone Wolf, Williamson seems not like a clone or a wannabe, but like a contemporary working in a similar style. Songs like "True Romance," a lengthy piano-driven ballad that slowly builds to a quietly intense emotional climax as strings, backing vocals, and other instruments appear and recede in the complex but not overstuffed arrangement, reveal Williamson to be a mature artist, albeit in a style filled with similarly gifted singer/songwriters. Comparisons not only to Germano but to Tori Amos, Kate Bush, or Beth Orton are not unwarranted, but they shouldn't be taken as reductive; although Williamson is still guilty of some somewhat cringe-worthy lyrics (like this one from "Another Twisted Thing": "I went to the sea and I asked it how does it feel to touch the edge of everything at once?"), but even the worst are couched in such appealing tunes that it doesn't take much to discount them.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5016958070625
catalogNumber:
814496

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Performance Credits

Astrid Williamson   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Sara Wilson   Cello
Dan Burke   Organ,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Simon Pearson   Drums
Ruth Gottlieb   Violin
Neil Evans   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Richard Yale   Bass Guitar
Christian Parsons   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Dan Burke   Engineer
Alabama 3   Composer
Astrid Williamson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,String Writing
Neil Evans   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Guitar Arrangements

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