Millionaire

Millionaire

by Kevin Welch
     
 

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Backed by a Copenhagen-based band he dubs the Danes, Kevin Welch rocks out a little more than usual on his fifth album, Millionaire. This unit has mastered the kind of rock shuffle for which the Rolling Stones are known; you get the feeling they could encore with a good version of "Honky Tonk Women." The arrangements make aSee more details below

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Backed by a Copenhagen-based band he dubs the Danes, Kevin Welch rocks out a little more than usual on his fifth album, Millionaire. This unit has mastered the kind of rock shuffle for which the Rolling Stones are known; you get the feeling they could encore with a good version of "Honky Tonk Women." The arrangements make a good basis for Welch's songs, a typically high-quality collection of tunes that reflect on life and love. Welch's characters, who usually speak in the first person, are among life's losers, particularly the unhappy participant in the Witness Protection Program who narrates "Witness," but many of them are redeemed by love. Indeed, there are quite a few outright love songs, including the title song, "Choose to Believe," and "I Can Sure Love You," with an excellent cover of Van Morrison's "Queen of the Slipstream" joining them. It's good there's so much true love, since life seems desperate without it, especially on "Killing Myself." These songs are more impressive than the symbolic ones, such as "Long Cold Train" and "The Sun King and the Winter Moon," but the band's performances make interesting listening even of tunes with somewhat muddled lyrics. Welch, meanwhile, is becoming a better and more expressive vocalist, which also helps put across his material. On earlier records, you yearned to hear what a real singer could do with his compositions, but on Millionaire he has come into his own as a performer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2009
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397444222
catalogNumber:
4442
Rank:
142705

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Tracks

  1. Millionaire  -  Kevin Welch & the Danes
  2. Blanket of Snow  -  Kevin Welch & the Danes
  3. Long Cold Train  -  Kevin Welch & the Danes
  4. Witness  -  Kevin Welch & the Danes
  5. Choose to Believe  -  Kevin Welch & the Danes
  6. Glorious Bounties  -  Kevin Welch & the Danes
  7. Killing Myself  -  Kevin Welch & the Danes
  8. The Sun King and the Winter Moon  -  Kevin Welch & the Danes
  9. I Can Sure Love You  -  Kevin Welch & the Danes
  10. Queen of the Slipstream  -  Kevin Welch & the Danes
  11. When the Sun Shines Down on Me  -  Kevin Welch & the Danes
  12. Stray Dog  -  Kevin Welch & the Danes

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevin Welch   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mando-Guitar
Kieran Kane   Mandolin
Frank Marstokk   Synthesizer,Drums,Maracas,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Moog Bass
Frederik Damsgaard   Bass,Background Vocals,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Charlie White   Background Vocals
Emil Carlsson   Violin
Frank Birch Pontoppidan   Banjo,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Moog Bass,Guitar (Baritone)
Claudia Scott   Background Vocals
Gustaf Ljunggren   Synthesizer,Mandolin,Piano,Trumpet,Hammond Organ,Saxophone,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Wurlitzer,Mini Moog,Mando-Guitar

Technical Credits

Kevin Welch   Producer
Jan Eliasson   Mastering
John Hadley   Cover Painting
Frank Marstokk   Producer
Frank Birch Pontoppidan   Producer,Engineer

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