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Love & War
     

Love & War

by Daniel Merriweather
 

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If you wanted to insult Daniel Merriweather's debut album, you could call it Back to Black without all the personality. Like Winehouse's game-changing album, Merriweather's is also drenched in Mark Ronson's nostalgic production with all its Sam Cooke spirit and '60s R&B sophistication. The big difference

Overview

If you wanted to insult Daniel Merriweather's debut album, you could call it Back to Black without all the personality. Like Winehouse's game-changing album, Merriweather's is also drenched in Mark Ronson's nostalgic production with all its Sam Cooke spirit and '60s R&B sophistication. The big difference here is that the Australian, twenty-something Merriweather comes with no punkish attitude, and once you take away the appearance from rapper Wale, plus the slacker heartbreak number "Getting Out" ("And now I can't get my ass off the couch because of you") you're left with a retro-soul effort that won't disrupt mom and dad's date night. This more traditional throwback is more rewarding than it may seem, as Ronson's borrowing from the past is respectfully crafted here with warm strings and easy, swaying beats perfectly complementing this singer's full-bodied voice. The key track, "Impossible," is somewhere between a Bond theme and a deep cut from Terence Trent D'Arby, while the infectious "Change" gives the album just enough flash and punch with its easy hip-hop flavor. Big ballad "Red" sounds like the best number found on any given Hugh Grant rom-com soundtrack while "Not Giving Up" is a well-executed, uptempo fingersnapper that should make Jamiroquai jealous. If you're looking for a non-confessional alternative to Back to Black that won't take over the room, Love & War will serve that soulful purpose.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
Label:
J-Records
UPC:
0886972513225
catalogNumber:
725132
Rank:
165360

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daniel Merriweather   Primary Artist,Drums
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello,Celli
Jack Daley   Bass
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
James Poyser   Piano
Josefina Vergara   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin
Steve Wolf   Drums
Sean Lennon   Guitar,Clavinet
Sam Koppelman   Percussion
Victor Axelrod   Piano
Bosco Mann   Bass
Andrew Wyatt   Piano,Synthesizer Strings
Harper Simon   Guitar
Raymond Angry   Organ
Neal Sugarman   Tenor Saxophone
Fernando Velez   Percussion
Eg White   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Moog Bass,Synthesizer Strings,Guitar (Nylon String)
Gabriel Roth   Bass
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Gerardo Hilera   Violin
Nick Movshon   Bass
Steve Richards   Celli
Adam Scone   Piano
Binky Griptite   Guitar,Electric Sitar
Homer Steinweiss   Drums
Thomas Brenneck   Guitar
Toby Pazner   Vibes
Matthew Funes   Viola
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Dave Guy   Trumpet
Leon Michaels   Organ
Ian Hendrixson-Smith   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Kenny Rankin   Composer
Cathy Dennis   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Alan Hawkshaw   Composer
Bettie Ross   Supervising Copyist
Tim Conklin   Engineer
Ian Dench   Composer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Amanda Ghost   Composer
Andrew Wyatt   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Harper Simon   Composer
Derek Pacuk   Engineer
Peter Edge   Executive Producer
Eg White   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Matt Lawrence   Engineer
Jordan Galland   Composer
Gabriel Roth   Engineer
Daniel Merriweather   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Phillip "Taj" Jackson   Composer
DeJion Madison   Composer,Producer
Ian Shea   Engineer
Noah Goldstein   Engineer
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Olubowale Akintimehin   Composer
Michelle G. Phillips   Composer
John E. Phillips   Composer
Francis White   Composer
Scott McFarnon   Composer
Rich Kleiman   Executive Producer
Artie Smith   Drum Technician

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