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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Provision expands the frothy, synthesized blue-eyed soul of Cupid & Psyche 85 by emphasizing the bouncy, mechanical dance-pop rhythms and creating lush backing tracks with layers of keyboards. To be certain, it's a pleasant listen, and several tracks are pretty entertaining, but the music is so lightweight and Green Gartside's voice is so thin that the album virtually disappears into thin air, leaving behind no impression. That is, of course, with the exception of the unresolved question of why on earth Miles Davis contributed a trumpet solo to "Oh Patti."
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Provision expands the frothy, synthesized blue-eyed soul of Cupid & Psyche 85 by emphasizing the bouncy, mechanical dance-pop rhythms and creating lush backing tracks with layers of keyboards. To be certain, it's a pleasant listen, and several tracks are pretty entertaining, but the music is so lightweight and Green Gartside's voice is so thin that the album virtually disappears into thin air, leaving behind no impression. That is, of course, with the exception of the unresolved question of why on earth Miles Davis contributed a trumpet solo to "Oh Patti."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431698327
  • Catalog Number: 6983
  • Sales rank: 56,248

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scritti Politti Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Miles Davis Trumpet
B.J. Nelson Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Chris Botti Horn
Rory Dodd Background Vocals
David Gamson Keyboards
Green Gartside Vocals, Background Vocals
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Dann Huff Guitar
Yogi Lee Background Vocals
Fred Maher Drums
John Mahoney Synclavier
Joe Mennonna Horn
Marcus Miller Bass Guitar
Nick Moroch Guitar
The New West Horns Horn
Raymond Niznik Synclavier
Kent Smith Horn
Andy Snitzer Horn
Fonzi Thornton Background Vocals
Roger Vocals, Voice Box
Eric Troyer Background Vocals
Mark Stevens Background Vocals
Mitch Corn Horn
Michael Davis Horn
Dan Huff Guitar
Mark Stevens Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Barbiero Producer, Remixing
Ray Bardani Engineer
Tony Cousins Mastering
David Gamson Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Green Gartside Composer, Producer
Fred Maher Programming, drum programming
Johnny Potoker Producer, Engineer
Steve Thompson Producer, Remixing
Eric Troyer Vocal Arrangements
Lawrence Lawry Original Photography
Andrew Catlin Original Photography
Juergen Teller Original Photography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lightweight but plenty of fun

    Surpassing the peerless Cupid and Psyche '85 was never going to be easy, and Scritti Politti failed to do so with 1988's Provision. The tunes are far more lightweight than before, with songs like 'Best Thing Ever' and 'Philosophy Now' barely registering a blip. Having said that, Green Gartside and David Gamson really inject some easy-going, summery zest into much of what's on here. The three singles are the highlights: 'Boom! There She Was', featuring a vocoder workout from Roger of Zapp and Roger, is a clipped, state of the art pop treat, and 'First Boy in This Town (Lovesick)' is a swinging, irresistibly likeable peach of a tune. 'Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry For Loverboy)' is a dreamy slice of bittersweet beauty, possibly the best thing on the album. As for the rest of what's on here, 'Overnite' is a sugary ballad, very pretty indeed, 'All That We Are' is a slight but infectious tune and 'Bam Salute' is delightfully summery. The production is crisp and fresh sounding and overall is the album is exceptionally likeable and very easy to listen to. However, it lacks an absolute stunner like 'Wood Beez' or 'Absolute' to really up the ante. Nevertheless, Provision is lots of fun and recommended to fans of Cupid and Psyche.

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