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Mind How You Go
     

Mind How You Go

5.0 1
by Skye
 
The voice and focal point for Morcheeba would seem to be a natural solo artist once the band dissolved after its 2003 greatest-hits release Parts of the Process. But since Skye Edwards had written little of Morcheeba's material, the resulting album under her own name, now

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The voice and focal point for Morcheeba would seem to be a natural solo artist once the band dissolved after its 2003 greatest-hits release Parts of the Process. But since Skye Edwards had written little of Morcheeba's material, the resulting album under her own name, now shortened to just Skye, took three years. Although little has changed in her approach on this debut, there are subtle differences between this music and the work with her previous band. According to the liner notes (oddly there are no song or musician credits), producer Patrick Leonard helped write much of this material and it seems that his keyboards and drum loops are the only instruments. That provides a deceptively chilly base over which Skye lays her sumptuous, velvety vocals. It's an interesting effect when it works, but it gives a somewhat hesitant feel to the finished product, as if these are demos meant to be expanded with a full band later. Likewise, the songs are more akin to set pieces with wandering structures and a lazy, jazzy feel. And they are all ballads. That gives Skye room to lay her voice atop the often delicate, synth heavy production, but it also creates a rather one-dimensional mood. Morcheeba's trip-hop/pop was involving because the writers composed songs that had clearly delineable melodies. Those are harder to find here, although multiple spins help the process. Some songs such as "Powerful" -- notably one of two non-Leonard productions -- find their groove with recognizable, even hummable choruses as Skye sings against swelling strings that ebb and flow. Other more experimental tracks such as "What's Wrong with Me?" succeed due to the brittle electronics played against Skye's sultry singing. She turns in a beautifully nuanced performance throughout, folding her luxurious voice between the song's layers and beckoning the listener back for a second taste, even with material that doesn't register on the initial listen. That makes this a natural for established Morcheeba fans, but possibly less so for someone first encountering Skye's talents and not willing to put in time to warm up to this winning yet refreshingly non-commercial release.

Editorial Reviews

Hartford Courant - David Leavitt
Skye's smooth voice lends itself well to the laid-back tunes on her debut and from the first track, "Love Show," it's obvious she's a good lyricist on her own.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2006
Label:
Cordless Recordings
UPC:
0877952003225
catalogNumber:
20032

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Skye   Primary Artist
Pete Davis   Keyboards
Peter Davis   Keyboards
Steve Gordon   Bass,Bouzouki,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Bazouki
Nick Holland   Cello
Patrick Leonard   Flute,Harmonium,Keyboards
Wendy Melvoin   Electric Guitar,Hi String
Judd Miller   Evi,Electronic Valve Instrument
Tim Pierce   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hi String
Michael Perfitt   Acoustic Guitar
Caroline Campbell   Violin
James Freebarin-Smith   Cello
Neel Hammond   Violin
Ben Parker   Guitar
Gina Warnick   Viola
Rachel Robson   Viola
Inklein Quartet   Strings
Buffy North   Violin
Sonus Quartet   Strings

Technical Credits

Pete Davis   String Arrangements
Peter Davis   String Arrangements
Steve Fitzmaurice   Producer
Steve Gordon   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Daniel Lanois   Composer
Patrick Leonard   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Pascal Gabriel   Composer
Peter Norris   Engineer
Michael Perfitt   Engineer
Skye   Composer
Jason Gossman   Engineer

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