Look Around the Corner

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • Label: Tru Thoughts
  • EAN: 5060205152794
  • Catalog Number: 51527
  • Sales rank: 32,243

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Look Around the Corner - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (4:28)
  2. 2 Here Again - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (4:06)
  3. 3 Travelling Song - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (4:44)
  4. 4 Magdalena - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (3:25)
  5. 5 I'll Keep My Light in My Window - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (5:41)
  6. 6 Una Tarde en Mariquita - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (5:55)
  7. 7 Interlude - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (0:36)
  8. 8 Su Suzy - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (5:04)
  9. 9 Boogallo 33 - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (3:45)
  10. 10 Road to Islay - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (3:08)
  11. 11 Similau - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (2:04)
  12. 12 I'd Cry - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (7:11)
  13. 13 Magdalena (Reprise) - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (2:08)
  14. 14 Look Around the Corner (Reprise) - Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (0:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Quantic 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
Guy Davie Mastering
Alfred Hawkins Logo Design
William Holland Arranger, Lyricist, Engineer
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