Everyone Loves The Pilot (Except the Crew)

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All Music Guide - Rudyard Kennedy
Though not a bad debut album by any means, Everyone Loves the Pilot tries a little too hard to cover up producer-turned-singer Jon Astley's apparently limited vocal range with a surfeit of Fairlight synths, screaming guitar solos, and oversung backup vocals. This is odd, because when the album's producers pull back a little bit on tracks like "Jumping in the Deep End," Astley's singing style is actually revealed to be something of a cross between Let's Dance-era David Bowie and Hugh Cornwell; not that of a classic crooner, certainly, but definitely charismatic enough to keep listeners' interest even if "Jumping" is far from the best example of songwriting on the LP. In ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rudyard Kennedy
Though not a bad debut album by any means, Everyone Loves the Pilot tries a little too hard to cover up producer-turned-singer Jon Astley's apparently limited vocal range with a surfeit of Fairlight synths, screaming guitar solos, and oversung backup vocals. This is odd, because when the album's producers pull back a little bit on tracks like "Jumping in the Deep End," Astley's singing style is actually revealed to be something of a cross between Let's Dance-era David Bowie and Hugh Cornwell; not that of a classic crooner, certainly, but definitely charismatic enough to keep listeners' interest even if "Jumping" is far from the best example of songwriting on the LP. In the end, however, only one song reins in the production gloss enough to allow Astley to score with a truly memorable piece of work: the offbeat and funny afraid-of-commitment anthem "Jane's Getting Serious." Released as Everyone Loves the Pilot's lead single, "Jane's Getting Serious" hit an inconspicuous number 77 on the U.S. pop charts in 1987, but years later the song is still almost instantly recognizable -- probably because it was the source of the quirky stop-start bass/drums/synth riff heard in a series of heavily played Heinz ketchup commercials in the late '80s. Unfortunately, it's also easily the best song on this otherwise mostly forgettable albeit competently written debut release, and after one more album 1988's The Compleat Angler, Astley left singing to return to a more successful full-time production career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Label: Tartare (Cd-R)
  • UPC: 617742802429
  • Catalog Number: 8024

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Astley Primary Artist, Guitar, fairlight
Sam Brown Background Vocals
Eric Clapton Guitar
Richie Close Keyboards
Peter Hope-Evans Harmonica
Andy Hamilton Saxophone, Soloist
Andy MacPherson Guitar
Billy Nichols Background Vocals
Phil Palmer Guitar
Ian Wilson Background Vocals
Layla Recorder, screams
Zelda Recorder, screams
Margo Buchanan Background Vocals
Mike Mehir Guitar
Technical Credits
Jon Astley Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Andy MacPherson Producer
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Phil Chapman Producer
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