I Predict a Graceful Expulsion

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Born in Canada, based in England, and wielding a bold, weary, and war-torn voice that falls somewhere between Mahalia Jackson and Stevie Nicks, self-proclaimed "doom soul" singer/songwriter Al Spx Cold Specks sounds like she just stepped out of an old Dust Bowl-era photograph and into a brand-new Depression. Her Mute Records debut, the appropriately titled I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, straddles both periods, weaving a somber web of modern indie folk woe built atop a foundation of weathered gospel and blues. Slow, sure, and relentlessly intimate -- imagine if Antony and the Johnsons had hailed from America's Deep South instead of West Sussex -- Spx approaches...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Born in Canada, based in England, and wielding a bold, weary, and war-torn voice that falls somewhere between Mahalia Jackson and Stevie Nicks, self-proclaimed "doom soul" singer/songwriter Al Spx Cold Specks sounds like she just stepped out of an old Dust Bowl-era photograph and into a brand-new Depression. Her Mute Records debut, the appropriately titled I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, straddles both periods, weaving a somber web of modern indie folk woe built atop a foundation of weathered gospel and blues. Slow, sure, and relentlessly intimate -- imagine if Antony and the Johnsons had hailed from America's Deep South instead of West Sussex -- Spx approaches love, faith, hope, and guilt with both youthful angst and the cool ambivalence of Nick Cave, leaning toward the light of redemption, while keeping one hand out for the flames to lick. She may be floundering, but with each act of desperation she moves closer to the source, whatever it may be, and on standout cuts like "Winter Solstice," "Send Your Youth," and "Holland," she displays an integrity that belies her perceived lack of surefootedness. It's a slow burn, and one that could have benefited from an occasional ray of sun or tempo shift, but Spx and company never sound unfocused. I Predict a Graceful Expulsion feels like a late round in a long fight, and while it may not deliver a knockout punch, it most certainly deserves the win.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2012
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • UPC: 724596953228
  • Catalog Number: 69532
  • Sales rank: 57,655

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Mark (2:16)
  2. 2 Heavy Hands (2:29)
  3. 3 Winter Solstice (4:04)
  4. 4 When the City Lights Dim (3:20)
  5. 5 Hector (2:34)
  6. 6 Holland (3:49)
  7. 7 Elephant Head (4:13)
  8. 8 Send Your Youth (3:48)
  9. 9 Blank Maps (3:11)
  10. 10 Steady (4:01)
  11. 11 Lay Me Down (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cold Specks Primary Artist
London Community Gospel Choir Vocals
Rob Ellis Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Prepared Piano
Thomas Greene Organ, Piano
Ben Christophers Bass Guitar, Harmonium, Theremin, Mellotron, Marxophone
Terry Edwards Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Peter Roberts Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guitar Loops
Al Spx Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Tom Havelock Cello, Electric Guitar
Porthcawl Male Voice Choir Vocals
Marley Ellis Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Jim Anderson Arranger, Producer, Engineer
John Dent Mastering
Rob Ellis Arranger, Spiritual Advisor
Paul A. Taylor Art Direction
Peter Roberts Composer
Al Spx Composer, Art Direction, Back Cover Photo
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