Eliza Doolittle

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
As the daughter of West End star and Eurovision entrant Francis Ruffelle and granddaughter of stage school impresario Sylvia Young, it's no surprise that Eliza Sophie Caird, aka Eliza Doolittle, has made the foray into the music industry. But despite her My Fair Lady-inspired moniker, her self-titled debut album doesn't follow the same musical theater path as her Les Miserables-starring mother, instead opting for a sound that cleverly fuses classic brass band instrumentation with modern ska-inflected production and Cosmo reader-friendly tales of early-twenties relationships. Whereas the likes of fellow retro vocalists Amy Winehouse and Duffy channeled the vintage '60s soul ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
As the daughter of West End star and Eurovision entrant Francis Ruffelle and granddaughter of stage school impresario Sylvia Young, it's no surprise that Eliza Sophie Caird, aka Eliza Doolittle, has made the foray into the music industry. But despite her My Fair Lady-inspired moniker, her self-titled debut album doesn't follow the same musical theater path as her Les Miserables-starring mother, instead opting for a sound that cleverly fuses classic brass band instrumentation with modern ska-inflected production and Cosmo reader-friendly tales of early-twenties relationships. Whereas the likes of fellow retro vocalists Amy Winehouse and Duffy channeled the vintage '60s soul of the Shangri-Las and Dusty Springfield, Eliza Doolittle's 13 tracks hark back even further, to the postwar jazz-pop of music legends Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald. Breakthrough single "Pack Up," with its simple double-bass riffs, clever 1930s marching song sample, and old-school scat vocals, evokes the smoky atmosphere of a 1950s New Orleans jazz club, such is its authenticity. Its formula of brush-stroke percussion, bluesy guitars, and light airy melodies is repeated throughout the entire 13 tracks, but Doolittle's timeless and effortlessly dreamy tones make the slight repetitiveness a lot easier to endure. "Rollerblades" is a charming summery anthem, complete with a twinkling piano intro, shuffling rhythms, and an impossibly infectious chorus; "Skinny Genes" is a whistling-led cheeky ode to pure physical attraction; and the sparse acoustics of "A Smokey Room" echo the understated barroom jazz of Madeleine Peyroux. With the likes of Greg Kurstin (Kylie Minogue), Phil Thornalley (Natalie Imbruglia), and John Beck (Corinne Bailey Rae) on board, a few more contemporary influences inevitably creep in, such as the laid-back acoustic hip-hop beats of the Arrested Development-esque "Mr. Medicine" and the breezing lilting pop of the Lily Allen-ish "Nobody." But the album is much more at ease when plundering her vintage record collection, such as on the boogie-woogie opener "Moneybox" and the Motown-ish "So High." While its relentless chirpiness may be a little too twee for some, Eliza Doolittle is still a beguiling debut that would undoubtedly have found an audience even without the benefit of her showbiz background.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2010
  • Label: Emi Import
  • EAN: 5099960995421
  • Catalog Number: 6099542

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Moneybox (3:04)
  2. 2 Rollerblades (3:03)
  3. 3 Go Home (2:57)
  4. 4 Skinny Genes (3:05)
  5. 5 Mr. Medicine (3:27)
  6. 6 Missing (3:42)
  7. 7 Back To Front (3:41)
  8. 8 A Smokey Room (2:53)
  9. 9 So High (2:41)
  10. 10 Nobody (3:00)
  11. 11 Pack Up (3:11)
  12. 12 Police Car (3:21)
  13. 13 Empty Hand (3:07)
  14. 14 CD-ROM Track
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eliza Doolittle Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Phil Thornalley Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Hand Clapping
John Beck Keyboards
Greg Kurstin Guitar, Keyboards
Dean James Percussion
Tim Woodcock Background Vocals
Arnulf Lindner Double Bass
Steve Chrisanthou Bass, Guitar
Ash Soan Drums
Lloyd Wade Vocals
Matt Prime Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Craigie Dodds Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Ukulele, Background Vocals
Mads Hauge Bass, Mandolin, Maracas, Melodica, Hand Clapping
James Napier Bass, Guitar, Drums
Jake Newman Double Bass
Ian Brudge Cello
Paul Williams Guitar
Paul "Pauli" Stanley-McKenzie Percussion, Drums
Jonny $. Bass, Guitar, Percussion
Will Johnstone Mellotron
Tom Meadows Drums
Technical Credits
Lauren Christy Composer
Phil Thornalley Composer, Producer
John Beck Composer
Pete Davis Programming
Greg Kurstin Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Dean James Engineer
Eliza Doolittle Composer, Original Concept
George Asaf Composer
Dan Sanders Art Direction
Tim Woodcock Composer
Steve Chrisanthou Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Matt Prime Composer, Programming, Producer
Craigie Dodds Composer, Programming, Producer, Whistle
Mads Hauge Composer, Producer, Engineer, Whistle
Felix Powell Composer
Christian Wright Mastering
Simon Helm Art Direction
Jimmy Napes Producer
James Napier Composer
Jonny $. Composer, Producer
Will Johnstone Composer, Engineer
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