Look Around the Corner

Look Around the Corner

by Quantic & His Combo Barbaro
     
 
On paper, it's an amazing idea: get British retro-soul diva Alice Russell into the studio with her compatriot and fellow legend of old-school grooves Quantic, and see what happens. To some degree, the results are delightfully predictable: Quantic is great at putting together vintage funk and Latin musical concepts and recording them in such a

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On paper, it's an amazing idea: get British retro-soul diva Alice Russell into the studio with her compatriot and fellow legend of old-school grooves Quantic, and see what happens. To some degree, the results are delightfully predictable: Quantic is great at putting together vintage funk and Latin musical concepts and recording them in such a way that you have to double-check to make sure the tracks weren't laid down 40 years ago. And at its best, this album draws on classic sounds and arrangements but creates something new and wonderful with them. The horns (and flute) on "Magdalena" perfectly complement Russell's powerful voice, "Travelling Song" is a gorgeous piece of minor-key soul, and "I'd Cry" is a similarly lovely romantic plea in a Latin-soul style. When the album isn't at its best, though, it falls prey to the temptation of sonic verisimilitude, as if what made 1960s soul music great was the fact that drums tended to be poorly miked ("Look Around the Corner") and pianos not always perfectly tuned ("I'll Keep My Light in My Window"). More serious, though, is the fundamental artistic mismatch that gradually becomes clear: Russell's powerhouse voice is not used to best advantage on the lightly dancing Latin-soul grooves that are Quantic's strength, and so on a number of tracks it sounds as if she's a racehorse being kept to a trot. That's not enough to keep this from being a very good album, but it prevents it from being a great one.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2012
Label:
Tru Thoughts
UPC:
5060205152794
catalogNumber:
51527
Rank:
58458

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Performance Credits

Quantic & His Combo Barbaro   Primary Artist
Mike Simmonds   Violin,Background Vocals
Wilson Viveros   Drums,Maracas
Fernando Silva   Bass
Alfredito Linares   Organ,Piano
Alice Russell   Vocals
Angel Hernandez   Trumpet
Larry Joseph   Drums
Lucho Blanco   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Freddy Colorado   Conga,Guiro
William Holland   Organ,Synthesizer,Banjo,Guitar,Accordion,Melodica,Mbiri
Wilfredo Peña   Clarinet,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mike Simmonds   Arranger
McFaddin   Composer
Alice Russell   Lyricist
Alfred Hawkins   Logo Design
William Holland   Arranger,Lyricist,Engineer

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