Hand to Mouth

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/1993
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 077771317927
  • Catalog Number: 13179

Album Credits

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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