Light After Dark

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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
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: 3/8/2011
  • Label: Polydor Uk
  • UPC: 602527564975
  • Catalog Number: 2756497
  • Sales rank: 103,661

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Are You Ready? (Intro) (0:58)
  2. 2 Shield and Sword (3:32)
  3. 3 Last Dance (3:34)
  4. 4 Freedom (3:21)
  5. 5 I Surrender (3:45)
  6. 6 Bullet (3:28)
  7. 7 Happiest Pretenders (3:56)
  8. 8 Sweet Lie (3:55)
  9. 9 Break These Chains (3:34)
  10. 10 You're Electric (3:57)
  11. 11 Ain't Nobody (3:55)
  12. 12 Light After Dark (3:58)
  13. 13 This is Not the End (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clare Maguire Primary Artist, Vocals
Andy Marshall Double Bass
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
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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