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Notes & Rhymes

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The Proclaimers, who will forever have fans who only show up to shows to hear the inevitable "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" encore, have quietly amassed an impressive canon of material since their 1987 debut. Some may have (unfairly) tossed the duo into the "one-hit wonder" pile after the success of its signature hit, but brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have managed to outlive their initial burst of fame and settle into a sustainable career that consistently produces album after album of the kind of amiable adult alternative pop
ock that brings lesser acts riches. Released in 2009, Notes & Rhymes is textbook Proclaimers, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The Proclaimers, who will forever have fans who only show up to shows to hear the inevitable "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" encore, have quietly amassed an impressive canon of material since their 1987 debut. Some may have (unfairly) tossed the duo into the "one-hit wonder" pile after the success of its signature hit, but brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have managed to outlive their initial burst of fame and settle into a sustainable career that consistently produces album after album of the kind of amiable adult alternative pop
ock that brings lesser acts riches. Released in 2009, Notes & Rhymes is textbook Proclaimers, utilizing the template of two or three rockers, a couple of covers, and a whole lot of heartfelt balladry. The brothers' signature blend of R&B, country, soul, and folk filtered through two of the thickest Scottish brogues in modern music is just as charming (or grating, depending on which camp you reside in) as it was in the late '80s, and songs like "Love Can Move Mountains," "Just Look Now," and "On Causewayside" prove that the siblings have lost none of their wit and warmth. While 2003's Born Innocent remains the outfit's best (and most diverse) late-period release to date, Notes & Rhymes chimes in at a not so distant second.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • Label: 429 Records
  • UPC: 795041777522
  • Catalog Number: 17775
  • Sales rank: 34,134

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Proclaimers Primary Artist
Terry Edwards Trumpet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Reid Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Craig Reid Vocals
Charlie Jones Harmonica
Stevie Christie Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Clive Jernner Percussion, Drums, Hand Clapping
Charlie Jones Harmonica
Steve Evans Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar
Steve Evans Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar
Garry John Kane Bass Guitar, Hand Clapping, Double Bass
Zac Ware Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele
Kevin Brown Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Guitar (Electroacoustic)
Davide Rossi Violin, Viola
Steve Christie Hammond Organ
Joanna Nye Background Vocals
Clive Jenner Percussion, Drums, Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Charlie Reid Composer
Craig Reid Composer
Sanger D. Schafer Composer
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
Steve Evans Producer
Steve Evans Producer
Damien Dempsey Composer
Lewis MacDonald Cover Photo
Tom Dalgety Engineer
Davide Rossi String Arrangements
Arthur Owens Snr. Composer
Sanger D. Shafer Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I love rock-n-roll...

    so do the Proclaimers! The lads are known for one thing...making ears happy. It is easy to lose the depth of meaning in the lyrics because you get caught up in the melodies here. Anyone over 40 will be able to relate to Shadows Fall. It is a gripping song about the struggles we all face as we make our way through life. If you just listen to the melody, though, you could almost mistake this for a lullaby. And, while unbridled optimism has never been a trait of Craig and Charlie's music, the song Love Can Move Mountains is inspiration at it's best. This isn't an album I would have embraced when I was in my 20's, but, then again, it's not an album that the Proclaimers would have put together when they were in theirs. There's a depth of experience here that you will truly appreciate.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must-Sing-Along Collection!

    There are two CDs in this collection. The first is the in-studio version and I repeatedly listen to about half of the songs which are really an enjoyment to hear and sing along with. The title song is fabulous and my kids and I turn it up loud and belt it out! The second CD has an acoustic first half which is lovely and covers some of the songs from the first CD while the second half is just a blast as it was recorded live at the Edinburgh concert. It's like being at a pub everytime I listen to it ... just a lot of fun!

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