Music City Soul

Music City Soul

by Beverley Knight
     
 

Recorded in just five days in the deep south of Nashville, Tennessee, Music City Soul sees one of Britain's most accomplished urban talents, Beverley Knight, return to her roots following the underperformance of 2004's highly commercial Affirmation. Despite its recording location, the Wolverhampton diva's fifth studio album hasn't gone all country, butSee more details below

Overview

Recorded in just five days in the deep south of Nashville, Tennessee, Music City Soul sees one of Britain's most accomplished urban talents, Beverley Knight, return to her roots following the underperformance of 2004's highly commercial Affirmation. Despite its recording location, the Wolverhampton diva's fifth studio album hasn't gone all country, but instead focuses on the Southern soul sounds of the '60s that influenced her early career. Whether it's a knee-jerk response to the disappointing sales of her "all-bases-covered" predecessor, or a genuine affectionate homage to the likes of Al Green, Sam Cooke, and Aretha Franklin, its 15 tracks are undeniably and authentically old-school, thanks to Mark Nevers' organic production, Knight's full-throttled soulful vocals, and an inspired choice of collaborators and song choices. The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood lends his guitar skills to three tracks, including the bluesy feel-good opener "Every Time You See My Smile," and an impassioned gospel take on his own band's 1964 hit "Time on My Side," Robbie Williams' former songwriting partner Guy Chambers offers his trademark melodic sensibilities to both "Black Butta," a rip-roaring slice of rock & roll which owes more than a nod to Ike & Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits," and the Aerosmith-goes-funk of "Saviour," while the achingly gorgeous "No Man's Land," a languid but luscious ballad which showcases a rarely seen fragile side to Knight's usual blistering vocal presence, is the album's stand-out track, co-written with Adele and Joss Stone cohort Eg White. But suffering the same fate as many of her releases, Music City Soul can't sustain the same standard throughout, as she fails to make her mark on pedestrian cover versions of Homer Banks' "Ain't That a Lot of Love" and Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady," while the likes of "Tell Me I'm Wrong" and "Trade It Up" seem more concerned with replicating the period's vintage sound than providing any memorable hooks or melodies. Music City Soul may be one of the more credible Southern soul pastiches, but by looking to the past instead of focusing on the future, Knight is now in danger of surrendering her Queen of U.K. soul crown.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
Label:
Parlophone Int'l
UPC:
0094638861720
catalogNumber:
3886172

Tracks

  1. Every Time You See Me Smile  - Beverley Knight
  2. Ain't That a Lot of Love  - Beverley Knight
  3. After You  - Beverley Knight
  4. No Man's Land  - Beverley Knight
  5. The Queen of Starting Over  - Beverley Knight
  6. Black Butta  - Beverley Knight
  7. Saviour  - Beverley Knight
  8. Time Is on My Side  - Beverley Knight
  9. Why Me, Why You, Why Now  - Beverley Knight
  10. Tell Me I'm Wrong  - Beverley Knight
  11. Trade It Up  - Beverley Knight
  12. Rock Steady  - Beverley Knight
  13. Uptight  - Beverley Knight
  14. Back to You  - Beverley Knight
  15. After You  - Beverley Knight

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beverley Knight   Primary Artist
Paul Bruce   Bass
Jamaal Carter   Background Vocals
Pete Cummings   Bass
Duane Denison   Electric Guitar
Derrick Lee   Piano,Keyboards
Ann McCrary   Background Vocals
Bobby Woods   Piano,Keyboards
Paul Burch   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion
Janice Corder   Background Vocals
James Long   Electric Guitar
Eg White   Multi Instruments
Alex Garnett   Saxophone
Bryan Chambers   Background Vocals
Jimmy Hogarth   Guitar
Brian Kotzur   Drums
Luke "Lukvatine" Smith   Hammond Organ
Carlos Hercules   Drums

Technical Credits

Lloyd Barry   Horn Arrangements
Mark Nevers   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Peter Vale   Producer
Tony Crow   String Arrangements
Mike Pelanconi   Producer,Engineer
Roy Agee   Horn Arrangements
Eg White   Producer
Matt Rovey   Digital Editing

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