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All Music Guide - J. Edward Keyes
Though Nikki Sudden's liner notes claim that "half of the rhythm section lost all of their enthusiasm" during the making of Groove, that laziness is nowhere evident in the final product. A big, swaggering, barnburner of a record, Groove pits toothy chords against thundering drums, making for what could best be described as post-punk designed to fill Madison Square Garden. The only thing that keeps the affair from being a full-blown bow to stadium rock is Sudden's wobbly, nasal vocals and his stubborn refusal to bow to conventional song structure. Forget anthemic singalong choruses -- Sudden's songs are all verse. Though scattered moments recall the stomp and pout of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Edward Keyes
Though Nikki Sudden's liner notes claim that "half of the rhythm section lost all of their enthusiasm" during the making of Groove, that laziness is nowhere evident in the final product. A big, swaggering, barnburner of a record, Groove pits toothy chords against thundering drums, making for what could best be described as post-punk designed to fill Madison Square Garden. The only thing that keeps the affair from being a full-blown bow to stadium rock is Sudden's wobbly, nasal vocals and his stubborn refusal to bow to conventional song structure. Forget anthemic singalong choruses -- Sudden's songs are all verse. Though scattered moments recall the stomp and pout of Marc Bolan, Sudden is too obtuse to be especially sexy. The brash, furious "Great Pharoah" has a two-note vocal melody, and the mournful cover of Neil Young's "Captain Kennedy" is interrupted up by long, loping guitar interludes. Groove works because it revels in the tension between the muscular arrangements and Sudden's passive drawl. On this reissue set, Groove is paired with an expanded edition of the super-rare live compilation Crown of Thorns. Impossible to find outside of Italy, Crown of Thorns plants Groove's bravado in a variety of live settings, turning Sudden and his band loose on everything from the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" to the T. Rex chestnut "Buick McKane." The results are scintillating, and rank among their finest work. From the mopey indie rock blueprint "Tell Me" to the roaring, rollicking "Mess With Me," the group plays like men on fire, making for a listening experience that is joyous and invigorating. As with all of the Secretly Canadian reissues of Sudden's work, the Groove/Crown of Thorns set is packaged with incredibly comprehensive liner notes including song-by-song commentary from Sudden, extensive period photographs, and two music videos. All in all, an exceptional package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • UPC: 656605005324
  • Catalog Number: 53
  • Sales rank: 177,450

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 See My Rider (6:55)
  2. 2 Murder Valley (4:46)
  3. 3 French Revolution Blues (4:04)
  4. 4 Bordello (2:29)
  5. 5 Groove (5:03)
  6. 6 Sea Dog Blues (3:40)
  7. 7 Wedding Hotel (3:40)
  8. 8 Great Pharaoh (4:06)
  9. 9 Poor Relation (3:52)
  10. 10 Wild Cathedral (3:29)
  11. 11 Beethoven's Ring (4:39)
  12. 12 Captain Kennedy (4:00)
  13. 13 Too Bad for You (4:55)
  14. 14 Village Green (7:53)
  15. 15 Time Has Told Me (2:21)
  16. 16 Something About You (3:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Midget Submarines (64:05)
  2. 2 Such a Little Girl (60:04)
  3. 3 Crossroads (56:10)
  4. 4 Kiss at Dawn (48:10)
  5. 5 Captain Kennedy (41:37)
  6. 6 Tell Me (38:18)
  7. 7 San Francisco Poet (34:52)
  8. 8 The Rolling of the Hearse (32:46)
  9. 9 Wild Horses (29:59)
  10. 10 Mafeking Blues (25:59)
  11. 11 Jewel (19:31)
  12. 12 Crossroads (17:18)
  13. 13 Play With Fire (9:47)
  14. 14 Buick Mackane (7:18)
  15. 15 Mess With Me (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nikki Sudden Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Max Decharne Drums
Lindy Morrison Drums
Pietro Harmonica
Duncan Sibbald Bass
Andrew Bean Synthesizer, Drums, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Mark Lemon Bass
Tudor Vernon Tambourine, Vocals
Christopher Hahn Guitar
Desperate Drums
C.O.C.O. Bass
Technical Credits
Nikki Sudden Arranger, Producer, Remastering, Sleeve Notes
Francisco Cabeza Engineer
Gary Jones Additional Footage
Tim Matyear Engineer
Andrew Bean Sleeve Notes
Tudor Vernon Producer, Engineer, Cover Design, Booklet Design
Cristina Massacci Photo Restoration
Rowland S. Howard Composer
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