How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Returning to action after a ten-year delay in recording -- a decade when he was not inactive, devoting a large portion of time to his Live 8 charity -- Bob Geldof presented How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell, a transparently ironic title for a collection of tunes not intended to sell themselves or anything. Apart from the bluesoid skronk of "Blow Fish" -- a blast of misdirection placed toward the front -- there isn't much here that could be seen as immediate, the kind of song that populates the pop charts. Even when the tempo percolates a bit -- the sleekly glassy "Silly Pretty Thing" -- nothing gets heated and much of the album is ruminative in a way ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Returning to action after a ten-year delay in recording -- a decade when he was not inactive, devoting a large portion of time to his Live 8 charity -- Bob Geldof presented How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell, a transparently ironic title for a collection of tunes not intended to sell themselves or anything. Apart from the bluesoid skronk of "Blow Fish" -- a blast of misdirection placed toward the front -- there isn't much here that could be seen as immediate, the kind of song that populates the pop charts. Even when the tempo percolates a bit -- the sleekly glassy "Silly Pretty Thing" -- nothing gets heated and much of the album is ruminative in a way that leans heavily on Dylan and Costello. Despite these echoes, the album is quite clearly Geldof's creation, a tastefully cynical confessional from a man who is a mainstay at the Q Awards for a reason -- namely the kind of protest and introspection that's so tasteful it can slip underneath the radar as mere mood music, even when it's designed to get under the skin as it was here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2011
  • Label: Fontana Universal
  • UPC: 602527474526
  • Catalog Number: 4562
  • Sales rank: 194,048

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 How I Roll (3:03)
  2. 2 Blow Fish (4:07)
  3. 3 She's a Lover (4:30)
  4. 4 To Live in Love (4:05)
  5. 5 Silly Pretty Thing (4:02)
  6. 6 Systematic 6-Pack (3:31)
  7. 7 Dazzled By You (2:41)
  8. 8 Mary Says (4:52)
  9. 9 Blow (4:55)
  10. 10 Here's To You (7:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Geldof Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Jew's Harp, Ukulele, Vocals, Background Vocals
Pete Briquette Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Alan Dunn Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jim Russell Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
John Turnbull Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Background Vocals
Niall Power Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Garry Roberts Electric Guitar, Guest Appearance
Joshua J. MacRae Percussion, Guest Appearance
Roger Taylor Percussion, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Darrell Willis Hand Clapping, Guest Appearance
Henry Dagg Saw, Guest Appearance
Vince Lovepump Guitar, Mandolin, Violin, Background Vocals
Tash Roper Clarinet, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Eliza Gilkyson Composer
Bob Geldof Composer
Pete Briquette Composer, Programming, Producer
Josh MacRae Engineer
James Clarke Engineer
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