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Hand to Mouth
     

Hand to Mouth

by General Public
 
To paraphrase the English Beat's second album, wha'ppen? General Public's first album, released just over a year after the English Beat's split, was a solid piece of candy-coated pop featuring several terrific songs by singer/primary songwriter Dave Wakeling. Hand to Mouth, released barely a year

Overview

To paraphrase the English Beat's second album, wha'ppen? General Public's first album, released just over a year after the English Beat's split, was a solid piece of candy-coated pop featuring several terrific songs by singer/primary songwriter Dave Wakeling. Hand to Mouth, released barely a year and a half later after a couple of personnel shakeups, is a huge stumble in comparison. Continuing All the Rage's trend towards slick pop production, but finally tipping over into bland anonymity, the album makes absolutely no musical impression even after several listens. Even worse, the songs are a uniformly dire lot, replacing the reggae and Brit-pop influences with newfound interests in American R&B and chart pop. Even the few moderately catchy songs are flawed; the gospel-influenced single "Come Again" moves along cheerfully enough until an absurdly over-emphasized "boop boop!" shout in the chorus makes the whole thing sound simply ridiculous. Unsurprisingly, General Public broke up shortly after this album's release. The belated CD issue includes several negligible B-sides and remixes.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/1993
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077771317927
catalogNumber:
13179

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Performance Credits

General Public   Primary Artist
Dave Wakeling   Guitar,Vocals
Ranking Roger   Keyboards,Vocals
Mickey Billingham   Keyboards,Vocals
Steve Brennan   Violin
Justine Carpenter   Vocals
Digby Cleaver   Rap
Gaspar Lawal   Percussion
Sandra Lodan   Vocals
Gianni Minardi   Guitar
Mario Minardi   Drums
Horace Panter   Bass
Saxa   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Dave Wakeling   Producer
Pato Banton   Contributor
Ranking Roger   Producer
John Shaw   Engineer
Tim Baldwin   Engineer
Sidney Burton   Engineer
Chris Cameron   Arranger,Brass Arrangment
Steve Colby   Engineer
Avi Kipper   Producer
David Leonard   Producer
Gavin MacKillop   Producer
Kent Wagner   Engineer
Martin Burgoyne   Artwork

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