Light After Dark

Light After Dark

by Clare Maguire
     
 

An artist like Clare Maguire was bound to find success in the U.K. music scene -- she looks like Katy Perry's evil twin, she's got the voice of Annie Lennox and Cher's lovechild, and she performs with the gusto of Florence Welch: needless to say, it would take only the least savvy producerSee more details below

Overview

An artist like Clare Maguire was bound to find success in the U.K. music scene -- she looks like Katy Perry's evil twin, she's got the voice of Annie Lennox and Cher's lovechild, and she performs with the gusto of Florence Welch: needless to say, it would take only the least savvy producer to deny this girl a chance to win over an entire country. Ultimately, it was Fraser T. Smith who collaborated with Maguire, co-writing and producing 13 of the 14 tracks on Light After Dark, Maguire's debut. However, with all the cards in place for a grand slam debut album, Light After Dark falls short. Smith, the pop hitmaker behind Brit hip-hop stars Tinchy Stryder, Taio Cruz, and Adele, produces work here that's nowhere near as inspired as any of his biggest or most creative hits. The album is produced with an eye to market Maguire like a more mainstream Florence and the Machine record; however, the songwriting is often disillusioned and lifeless, and Maguire fails to use her voice to its potential, often relying on Katy Perry-esque full-throttle belting to convey emotion (something that comes naturally to Welch or Kate Bush. Light After Dark is a perfectly respectable showcase of hints of Maguire's potential. On tracks like "I Surrender," she conquers the lame production to release a sensual late-'90s pop recording that leaves the listener wondering what might have happened had this whole album moved in that direction. However, because Light After Dark tries so hard to keep up with the tricks of the trade in 2011, it loses any sense of originality that Maguire brings to the table, which, especially in the pop music scene, is the only way to stand out.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2011
Label:
Polydor Uk
UPC:
0602527564975
catalogNumber:
2756497
Rank:
173313

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clare Maguire   Primary Artist,Vocals
Lucy Shaw   Double Bass
Fraser T. Smith   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
David Tench   Piano
Krista Caspersz   Violin
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Sophia Lewis   Background Vocals
Ruston Pomeroy   Violin
Jenny Sacha   Violin
Emma Owens   Viola
Ellie Stanford   Violin
Bryony James   Cello
Kerenza Peacock   Violin
Tom Goss   Guitar
Natalia Gomes   Viola
Rosie Danvers   Cello,Leader
Andrew Marshall   Double Bass
Ash Soan   Percussion,Drums
Stephen Mair   Double Bass
J'Anna Jacoby   Violin
Eleanor Mathieson   Violin
Jane Oliver   Cello
Sally Jackson   Violin
Hayley Pomfrett   Violin
Anna Croad   Violin
Natalie Cavey   Viola
Stephanie Cavey   Violin
Kotono Sato   Violin
Amber Davies   Background Vocals
Ally Poole   Background Vocals
Isobel Webster   Background Vocals
Sophia Keller   Background Vocals
Lauren Keller   Background Vocals
Isabella Isotta   Background Vocals
Imogen Gibb   Background Vocals
Beverly Jones   Double Bass
Libby Croad   Violin

Technical Credits

Chris Gehringer   Mastering
John Davis   Mastering
Niall Acott   Engineer
Parallel   Composer,Lyricist
Fraser T. Smith   Composer,Producer
Myles Clarke   Vocal Engineer
Mat Bartram   Engineer
Richard Andrews   Art Direction
Rosie Danvers   String Arrangements
Ryan Gilligan   Pro-Tools
Victoria Akintola   Composer,Lyricist
Crada   Producer
Beatriz Artola   Engineer
Clare Maguire   Composer
Sam Wheat   Engineer
Christian "Crada" Kalla   Composer
Kassa Alexander   Composer,Lyricist,Vocal Producer

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