Love and Work

Love and Work

by Graham Gouldman
     
 
Late 2012 saw a flurry of activity from 10cc, including the release of an excellent career-spanning box set called Tenology, but perhaps the most noteworthy development on this front was the release of Love and Work, Graham Gouldman's first album in 12 years. Gouldman dedicates Love and Work to his late friend and

Overview

Late 2012 saw a flurry of activity from 10cc, including the release of an excellent career-spanning box set called Tenology, but perhaps the most noteworthy development on this front was the release of Love and Work, Graham Gouldman's first album in 12 years. Gouldman dedicates Love and Work to his late friend and Wax partner Andrew Gold and that isn't just a matter of sentiment; the album pares back Gouldman's lingering eccentricities and focuses entirely on his precision popcraft, a skill that's been at the foundation of his music since the Hollies. Here, the vibe is gentle and reflective but never melancholy, the songs are sculpted but never fussy, the melodies unfurl with an elegant grace. All these qualities speak to Gouldman's status as a pop veteran, one who is comfortable with his legacy and where he resides now, but the remarkable thing about Love and Work is how it builds upon what Gouldman has done before. Much of this sounds as if it could have been a soft rock hit between 1977 and 1982, an era when McCartney-derived pop often hit the charts, so it has a familiarity but it also has a freshness due to how Gouldman refuses to chase after a nonexistent hit. He's simply making artful, exceptionally crafted pop, which is more than enough to turn Love and Work into something of a small gem.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2012
Label:
Ais
UPC:
5037300775784
catalogNumber:
0077578
Rank:
324187

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Graham Gouldman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,6-string bass
Brian Bennett   Drums
Andrew Gold   Dobro,Piano
Chris Braide   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Upright Bass,Piano (Upright)
Henry Priestman   Organ,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Mick Wilson   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Graeme Pleeth   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Mark Jordan   Hammond Organ
Angela Lupino   Background Vocals
Peter Whitfield   Strings

Technical Credits

Graham Gouldman   Composer,Producer
Phil Thornalley   Drum Engineering
Chris Braide   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Henry Priestman   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Ian Brown   Composer
Mick Wilson   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Graeme Pleeth   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Angela Lupino   Composer
Scott McCormick   Engineer
Peter Whitfield   String Arrangements
James Collins   Drum Engineering
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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