Eliza Doolittle

Eliza Doolittle

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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…  See more details below

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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:
07/12/2010
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
5099960995421
catalogNumber:
6099542

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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
Simon Helm   Art Direction
Jimmy Napes   Producer
James Napier   Composer
Jonny $.   Composer,Producer
Will Johnstone   Composer,Engineer

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Eliza Doolittle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LordVader More than 1 year ago
In a library of 500 CDs this one is worth keeping in the foreground.
MoniqueOR More than 1 year ago
This album is summery and happy and full of catchy lyrics! Favorite artist, everyone please support her!