Embrace the Herd

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
When Stuart Moxham left his post in the legendary Young Marble Giants he created the Gist, a loose project where guests like Epic Soundtracks plus ex-Giants Alison Statton and Phil Moxham would make cameos over Stuart''s iffy experiments. The Gist lasted for only one album, Embrace the Herd, which Moxham has often dismissed as misguided and negatively influenced by clinical depression, excessive indulgence in marijuana, and no idea of where to go next. None of his unkind words have kept fans of early twee and the early, anything-goes days of post-punk from declaring it a lost classic. Course, neither camp is being objective about it and the actual album ends up firmly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
When Stuart Moxham left his post in the legendary Young Marble Giants he created the Gist, a loose project where guests like Epic Soundtracks plus ex-Giants Alison Statton and Phil Moxham would make cameos over Stuart''s iffy experiments. The Gist lasted for only one album, Embrace the Herd, which Moxham has often dismissed as misguided and negatively influenced by clinical depression, excessive indulgence in marijuana, and no idea of where to go next. None of his unkind words have kept fans of early twee and the early, anything-goes days of post-punk from declaring it a lost classic. Course, neither camp is being objective about it and the actual album ends up firmly between the two, just as incoherent and interesting as you''ve heard. First off, there''s "Clean Bridges," a hypnotic meeting of twee and Eno-influenced art pop featuring Statton''s vocals. Then there''s "Love at First Sight," where a former Giant lets more R&B into his life, plus the reggae-influenced "Iambic Pentameter," which predicts the subaquatic dub sound of the Basic Channel label and at a ska pace. While brilliant moments like these are why Herd deserves a post-punk lover''s attention, there are too many directionless instrumentals and too much overindulging to warrant "lost classic" status. With bonus tracks and a well-designed, informative booklet, Cherry Red''s 2007 reissue makes this likable misfire all the more attractive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2007
  • Label: Cherry Red Uk
  • EAN: 5013929133921
  • Catalog Number: 339
  • Sales rank: 86,062

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Far Concern (2:50)
  2. 2 Love at First Sight (3:43)
  3. 3 Fretting Away (2:19)
  4. 4 Public Girls (3:29)
  5. 5 Clean Bridges (3:09)
  6. 6 Simian (2:56)
  7. 7 Embrace the Herd (2:41)
  8. 8 Iambic Pentameter (2:52)
  9. 9 Carnival Headache (3:52)
  10. 10 Concrete Slopes (2:21)
  11. 11 The Long Run (3:08)
  12. 12 Dark Shots (3:05)
  13. 13 Problem Attics (3:20)
  14. 14 Light Aircraft (3:05)
  15. 15 Love at First Sight (3:41)
  16. 16 Four Minute Warning (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Gist Primary Artist
Charles Bullen Tambourine, Snare Drums, Hi Hat
Phil Legg Tom-Tom
Stuart Moxham Bass, Vocals, Musician
Wendy Smith Vocals
Alison Statton Vocals
Dave Dearnaley Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar
Lewis Mottram Musician
Viv Goldman Vocals
Jake Bowie Cymbals
Debbie Pritchard Vocals
Technical Credits
Stuart Moxham Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Alex Ogg Project Administrator
Johnny Black Liner Notes, Author
Helen Fitzgerald Author
Lewis Mottram Arranger, Composer
Ian Denning Cover Design
Stephen Burt Author
Sasha Gadsby Cover Painting
Debbie Pritchard Arranger, Composer
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