Dusk

Dusk

by The The
     
 

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As the follow-up to the much acclaimed Mind Bomb LP, The The's sixth studio effort, Dusk, found Matt Johnson (and his varying crew of marauders) carving one of his most accomplished products to date. Dusk leaves behind the infected dance beats that served as the frameworkSee more details below

Overview

As the follow-up to the much acclaimed Mind Bomb LP, The The's sixth studio effort, Dusk, found Matt Johnson (and his varying crew of marauders) carving one of his most accomplished products to date. Dusk leaves behind the infected dance beats that served as the framework for many of his previous albums and replaces them with steamy acoustic-based rhythms that shimmer with red-orange warmth, while the guitar work of Johnny Marr adds a touch of otherworldliness, without which the record would have been left to stand alone on its strange blend of honky tonk gospel pop. Johnson's songs seem to be mostly uplifting tromps through standard subjects ranging from love to happiness to helpfulness -- while presented with over the top emotional grandeur ("Love Is Stronger Than Death," "Helpline Operator," and MTV "hit" "Dogs of Lust"). As quality reigns through these songs, the tempo can become overbearing and, to solve that issue, Johnson shifts gears on the B-side to include some partially downtrodden numbers ("Bluer Than Midnight," "Lung Shadows"). In the end, he points out (with an under-the-radar approach) that the songs and the major concept of the album are not so much rooted in the joy of love, but in the approaching darkness of loneliness and seclusion just around the corner.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972434827
catalogNumber:
724348
Rank:
7510

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

The   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Dusk   Primary Artist
Matt Johnson   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Strings,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Tambourine,Vocals,Melodica,Tape,fender rhodes
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Chris Batchelor   Trumpet
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums,Snare Drums
Dave Collard   Piano,Hammond Organ
James Eller   Bass,Bass Guitar
David Lawrence   Flugelhorn,French Horn
Johnny Marr   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
David Palmer   Drums,Snare Drums
Ashley Slater   Trombone
John Thirkell   Trumpet
Paul Webb   Background Vocals
Zeke Manyika   Background Vocals
Danny Thompson   Upright Bass
Bruce Smith   Drums,Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Matt Johnson   Producer,Contributor
Dave Collard   Brass Arrangment
Andy Johnson   Contributor,Cover Design
Bruce Lampcov   Producer,Engineer
Johnny Marr   Contributor
Howie Weinberg   Mastering

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