Magnetic North

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Aqualung occupies the curious space between Coldplay and Jamie Cullum, a singer/songwriter with serious aspirations but a bent toward populism -- a bent that he can barely control, nor should he, because as Magnetic North, his sixth album, illustrates, he's at his best when he's broadest, writing songs with skyscraping hooks that are given soft, shimmering productions. He often favors pulsating arpeggios and icy crescendos, just like Chris Martin's crew, but the record takes off when things get bouncier, like on the quite terrific opener "New Friend" -- which sounds like a long-lost collaboration between Beck and Elton John -- and the chipper "Fingertip." These ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Aqualung occupies the curious space between Coldplay and Jamie Cullum, a singer/songwriter with serious aspirations but a bent toward populism -- a bent that he can barely control, nor should he, because as Magnetic North, his sixth album, illustrates, he's at his best when he's broadest, writing songs with skyscraping hooks that are given soft, shimmering productions. He often favors pulsating arpeggios and icy crescendos, just like Chris Martin's crew, but the record takes off when things get bouncier, like on the quite terrific opener "New Friend" -- which sounds like a long-lost collaboration between Beck and Elton John -- and the chipper "Fingertip." These are as good of an indication of the Los Angeles origin of Magnetic North as the songs that directly reference SoCal ("California," "Hummingbird,'" "Sundowning") and they showcase Aqualung at his best: an artful yet melodic heir to piano-driven '70s singer/songwriters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2010
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602527299228
  • Catalog Number: 001389202
  • Sales rank: 206,526

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New Friend (4:01)
  2. 2 Reel Me In (4:05)
  3. 3 Sundowning (4:25)
  4. 4 36 Hours (3:30)
  5. 5 Fingertip (3:16)
  6. 6 Lost (4:38)
  7. 7 Time Moves Slow (4:16)
  8. 8 California (1:22)
  9. 9 Remember Us (6:12)
  10. 10 Hummingbird (4:00)
  11. 11 Thin Air (4:23)
  12. 12 Magnetic North (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aqualung Primary Artist
David Price Percussion, Strings, Violin, Drums, Vibes
Luke Smallbone Vocals
Courtney Kaiser Vocals
Matt Hales Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Celeste, Vocals, Melodica, Whisper
Jim Bianco Vocals
Sara Bareilles Vocals
Kelly Sweet Vocals
Ben Hales Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Joel Smallbone Vocals
Alison Sudol Vocals
Kofi Hales Vocals, Dancer
Kim Oliver Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Buchanan Composer
David Price String Arrangements, Music Stand
Steve Robson Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Jimmie James Artwork
Matt Hales Composer, Producer
Ben Hales Composer
Eric Robinson Engineer
Matt Vincent-Brown Composer
Kim Oliver Composer
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