Much More Than Much Love

Much More Than Much Love

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by Finley Quaye
     
 

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Much More than Much Love shows that someone is looking out for Finley Quaye. After a more than promising debut, Maverick a Strike -- a huge British hit -- which introduced his remarkable, Al Green-by-way-of-Kingston voice atop inventive, addictive rock 'n' reggae grooves, Quaye went into a tailspin. Somewhere along theSee more details below

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Much More than Much Love shows that someone is looking out for Finley Quaye. After a more than promising debut, Maverick a Strike -- a huge British hit -- which introduced his remarkable, Al Green-by-way-of-Kingston voice atop inventive, addictive rock 'n' reggae grooves, Quaye went into a tailspin. Somewhere along the downward spiral was Vanguard, an addled, lazy affair that would get most artists banished from the industry for life (one song was literally a recipe for bean soup). At some point, Quaye hit bottom, cut his hair, got a stylist, and is now reintroduced to a public that, his label seems to wish, has completely forgotten that he existed. That's the kind of fresh start Much Love is. The reggae underpinnings of Maverick are largely stripped away, leaving a mix of jangling guitars and light dance tracks such as "Dice," cowritten by William Orbit and featuring Beth Orton. It's more than a little new-agey. One of Quaye's best qualities was the offhand rhymes he worked into his songs, sounding like DJ patter from the dancehall days. While his lyrics feel more forced this time out, Quaye still manages to bring a smile with anachronisms such as "sock it to me," in the chorus of the rootsy "Pearls of Wisdom." Much Love ultimately smacks of a repackaging by forces beyond the artist's control, and given Quaye's apparent lack of discipline, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Someone up there likes Finley Quaye, and they're really, really hoping that you will, too.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Finley Quaye, an artist with an exceptional voice, might not ever be able to live down the fact that he titled one of his albums Vanguard. Much More Than Much Love shows all the signs of a valiant attempt to "bring real music with real soul and real honesty back" -- Memphis soul, delicately plucked country ballads, throwbacks to the adult alternative class of 1995, and nods to Quaye's reggae roots all included -- and it's safe to the point of making an argument in the opposite direction. Quaye's unique vocals, as have always been the case, remain the greatest draw.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969074121
catalogNumber:
90741

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Performance Credits

Finley Quaye   Primary Artist
Peter G. Hanson   Violin
Chris Ballin   Vocals
Andrew Clark   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Simon Clarke   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Caroline Dale   Cello
Philippa Davies   Alto Flute
Andy Findon   Alto Flute
Chris Laurence   Double Bass
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Martin Loveday   Cello
Rita Manning   Violin
George Oban   Bass Guitar
Mark Price   Drums
Winston Rose   Saxophone
Tim Sanders   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Annie Whitehead   Trombone
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Beth Orton   Vocals
Donna King   Background Vocals
Peter Lale   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Hawi Gondwe   Guitar
John Anderson   English Horn
Jonathan Quarmby   Bass,Keyboards
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Julian Leaper   Violin
Carl Robinson   Drums
Mark Sheridan   Guitar,Background Vocals
Frank Rizzo   Vocals
Sara Jay   Guitar,Background Vocals
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Richard Hawley   Guitar
Kevin Bacon   Bass,Drums
Naomi Wright   Cello
Gustav Clarkson   Viola
Patrick Lannigan   Double Bass
Priscilla Jones-Campbell   Vocals
Winston M.J. Lewis   Percussion
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Mick Whitnall   Guitar
Thomas Bowes   Violin
Christopher Tombling   Violin
David Woodcock   Violin
William Lockhart   Percussion
Wil Malone   Conductor
Andrew Cook   Drums

Technical Credits

William Orbit   Composer,Producer
Mother Maybelle Carter   Arranger
A.P. Carter   Arranger
Sara Carter   Arranger
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer
Jackie Mittoo   Composer
Beth Orton   Composer
Jonathan Quarmby   Producer
Tom Greenwood   Composer
Finley Quaye   Composer,Producer
Hamish Brown   Cover Photo
Frank Rizzo   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Kevin Bacon   Producer

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