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Extra Virgin
     

Extra Virgin

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by Olive
 

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A year after its initial release, Olive's debut album, Extra Virgin, finally produced a number one British hit with "You're Not Alone," a low-key lite trip-hop number with a graceful melody. It's a strong single, and there are similarly strong moments on Extra Virgin, yet Olive don't stand out from the post-

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A year after its initial release, Olive's debut album, Extra Virgin, finally produced a number one British hit with "You're Not Alone," a low-key lite trip-hop number with a graceful melody. It's a strong single, and there are similarly strong moments on Extra Virgin, yet Olive don't stand out from the post-Portishead pack. Like Everything but the Girl, they are essentially a folky, pop-oriented group that uses the stoned rhythms of trip-hop as hip window-dressing. Since that rhythm is appealing on its own terms, it doesn't matter that Olive use it as ornamentation, especially since they use it well. What is a problem is their lack of consistent songwriting. Only a few songs match the singles "You're Not Alone" and "Miracle" in terms of memorable, melodic construction, and the weaker tracks tend to float by on their admittedly entrancing production. And that leaves Extra Virgin an intriguing debut, but not necessarily one that promises great things from Olive.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/1997
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078636750729
catalogNumber:
67507

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Olive   Primary Artist
Louise Fuller   Violin
Tim Kellett   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards
Ivan McCready   Cello
Robin Taylor-Firth   Keyboards
Mark Sheridan   Flute,Guitar
George Lambert   Digital EQ
Adrian Hackett   Drums
Omith Mukherjee   Guitar
Henrik Linnermann   Flute
Ruth-Ann   Vocals
Duke Quartet   Strings
Darren Campbell   Bass
Ruth-Ann Boyle   Vocals
Tony Foster   Bass,Guitar
John Metcalfe   Viola
Heitor Teixeira Pereira   Guitar
Rick Koster   Violin
Heitor Pereira   Guitar

Technical Credits

Tim Kellett   Arranger,Lyricist,Producer
Robin Taylor-Firth   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Chris Harrison   Contributor,Art Direction
George Lambert   Contributor
David F. Revill   Engineer
Peter Chadwick   Art Direction
John Metcalfe   Arranger

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Extra Virgin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this CD when driving or trying to concentrate on the task at hand. Very mellow and pleasant; this remains one of my most favorite CDs to date.