Get Used to It

Get Used to It

by The Brand New Heavies
     
 
The most surprising thing about Get Used to It is that the Brand New Heavies sound very much like an honest-to-gosh band instead of the instrumental unit with a hired frontwoman they always have been. Out of the BNH crew for a decade, vocalist N'Dea Davenport returns and it's both familiar and just like starting over. Young upstart hunger drips out of the

Overview

The most surprising thing about Get Used to It is that the Brand New Heavies sound very much like an honest-to-gosh band instead of the instrumental unit with a hired frontwoman they always have been. Out of the BNH crew for a decade, vocalist N'Dea Davenport returns and it's both familiar and just like starting over. Young upstart hunger drips out of the opening "We've Got," a slinky slice of funk that introduces what's going to be a mature album with more punch than ever. There are the usual horns and "music turns me on" type lyrics plus Davenport's just perfect voice, but Get Used to It resists wandering into the musical theatrics this skillful group could be accused of overindulging in the past. While the glorious "Music" flirts with electronic dance music and the cool "Don't Know Why (I Love You)" lays some unneeded strings onto its soulful groove, the majority of the album is stripped-down and wonderfully tight. The songwriting is right there, too, with Davenport delivering a handful of empowering or poignant songs that temper drummer and other main lyricist Jan Kincaid's cool acid jazz anthems. As the organic and easy rolling "I've Been Touched" delicately comes apart and fades, it's hard to recall a time this band have delivered an album so well constructed start to finish. They've traded fireworks for fire here, and no one who loves gutsy, vintage grooves should be caught without a copy.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
Label:
Delicious Vinyl
UPC:
0602498596142
catalogNumber:
700702

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brand New Heavies   Primary Artist
Simon Bartholomew   Guitar,Background Vocals
N'Dea Davenport   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jan Kincaid   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lucy Wilkins   Violin,Leader
Katherine Shave   Viola
Anna Giddey   Violin
Sy Smith   Background Vocals
Nichol Thompson   Trombone
Dominic Glover   Trumpet
Neal Evans   Clavinet
Chris Worsey   Cello
James A. Hunt   Saxophone
Ari Raskin   Guitar

Technical Credits

Simon Bartholomew   Composer
N'Dea Davenport   Composer
Jan Kincaid   Composer
Michael C. Ross   Producer,Executive Producer
Mike Pelanconi   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Mark Ralph   Programming,Engineer
Ari Raskin   Engineer
Dina Juntila   Art Conception
Mike Makowski   Engineer

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