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Love and Pain
     

Love and Pain

by Sarah Jane Morris
 

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To underpin her classic blue-eyed soul voice with electronic swoops and programmed drums is a very clever entrance into Sarah Jane Morris' Love and Pain. The swirling organ and sparse bass do their jobs as well to further bolster the acoustic guitar-driven opening track, "Mad Woman Blues." It serves as the signature, cornerstone piece setting the tone and

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To underpin her classic blue-eyed soul voice with electronic swoops and programmed drums is a very clever entrance into Sarah Jane Morris' Love and Pain. The swirling organ and sparse bass do their jobs as well to further bolster the acoustic guitar-driven opening track, "Mad Woman Blues." It serves as the signature, cornerstone piece setting the tone and kicking off a terrifically intriguing series of 12 tunes. These juxtaposed instrumental choices and themes weave in and out of the sonic landscape, making room for other just as titillating production elements such as world-tinged percussion grooves, guitars on the brink of distortion, way-hip sampled bits and beats, processed vocal parts, and more. Morris' smoky voice is the common thread holding it all together. Her performances dance from sultry to sassy in the blink of an eye (or the change of a track, as the case may be). From moment to moment, you might think of Garbage, Moby, Alison Moyet, or Primitive Radio Gods, or even reach as far as Erykah Badu. But while those works might seem similar, Love and Pain is something else altogether, and it's pretty darn cool.

Editorial Reviews

Billboard - Michael Paoletta
Consider "Love and Pain" one "pearl" of an album.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2011
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5038622107321
catalogNumber:
948189
Rank:
172323

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Jane Morris   Primary Artist,Vocals
Martyn Barker   Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments,Shaker
David Coulter   Jew's Harp,Didjeridu,Saw,Omnichord
Calum MacColl   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Annie Whitehead   Trombone
Mornington Lockett   Saxophone
James Halliwell   Piano,Hammond Organ
Simon Edwards   Bass,Double Bass,Sentir

Technical Credits

Matt Backer   Composer
Martyn Barker   Composer,Programming,Producer
Danny B. Harvey   Artwork
Calum MacColl   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Paul Madden   Engineer
S. Morris   Composer
Sarah Jane Morris   Producer
Elena Fiumi   Art Direction
Heather Ackroyd   Artwork
Lorenzo "Moka" Tommasini   Engineer

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