Oedipus Schmoedipus

Oedipus Schmoedipus

by Barry Adamson
     
 

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After some releases with more of a beat-heavy pop feel, Adamson moves back -- sort of -- into the land of noirish soundtrack. Unlike Moss Side Story, it's not really a soundtrack with repeated themes and motifs. A lot of pieces establish soundtrack-like moods, but the flow never builds up momentum ofSee more details below

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After some releases with more of a beat-heavy pop feel, Adamson moves back -- sort of -- into the land of noirish soundtrack. Unlike Moss Side Story, it's not really a soundtrack with repeated themes and motifs. A lot of pieces establish soundtrack-like moods, but the flow never builds up momentum of its own. As individual soundscapes, though, the tracks (largely instrumental) are reasonably impressive, whether it's burlesque-type fare, a takeoff on Miles Davis, or lounge jazz. If noir is what you want, "It's Business as Usual" is especially creepy, with its neurotic answering machine messages nearly buried under waves of disquieting sounds; achieving a similar effect; in an entirely different manner, is "Vermillion Kisses," a fairytale narrative with a morbid ending. Nick Cave adds a guest vocal to (and co-writes) "The Sweetest Embrace"; Pulp's Jarvis Cocker can be heard (and co-writes) another cut. Adamson's skill in layering and devising unusual sound textures still qualifies him as one of experimental rock's more imaginative composers and producers. But on the more rock-oriented pieces, he's using too many of those damn beat boxes for his own good.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/06/1996
Label:
Mute U.S.
UPC:
0724596901922
catalogNumber:
9019

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Adamson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Nick Cave   Vocals
Jarvis Cocker   Vocals
Zeitia Massiah   Background Vocals
Kevin Petrie   Voices
Beverley Skeete   Background Vocals
Peter Wyman   Clarinet,Saxophone
Seamus Beaghen   Organ,Piano
Carla Boslavich   Vocals
John Napier   Vocals
Miranda Gooch   Narrator
Roy "Royalty" Hamilton   Background Vocals
Ileana Ruhemann   Alto Flute

Technical Credits

Barry Adamson   Arranger,Producer,Cover Design
Billy McGhee   String Arrangements
Audrey Riley   String Arrangements
Atticus Ross   Programming
Kevin Metcalfe   Engineer
Philippe Garrel   Artwork
Simon Henwood   Cover Design
Luella Wright   Artwork
Slim Smith   Artwork

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