Readymades

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Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
With chilly compu-beats, English folk song samples, lyrics borrowed from Shelley and Mae West, and the soothing warmth of Alice Nutter's voice, there is a time-warp quality to the songs on Readymades, a title lifted from the everything-is-art musings of Marcel Duchamp. More somber than Chumbawamba's provocative 2000 release WYSIWYG, these beautifully crafted songs are inspired by a mix of age-old tragedies and current events. "Jacob's Ladder" -- built on Davy Graham's classic instrumental "Anji" -- addresses sailors left to drown during World War II, a disaster with parallels to the recent Kursk submarine tragedy. "Don't Try This at Home" reverberates with the language ...
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Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
With chilly compu-beats, English folk song samples, lyrics borrowed from Shelley and Mae West, and the soothing warmth of Alice Nutter's voice, there is a time-warp quality to the songs on Readymades, a title lifted from the everything-is-art musings of Marcel Duchamp. More somber than Chumbawamba's provocative 2000 release WYSIWYG, these beautifully crafted songs are inspired by a mix of age-old tragedies and current events. "Jacob's Ladder" -- built on Davy Graham's classic instrumental "Anji" -- addresses sailors left to drown during World War II, a disaster with parallels to the recent Kursk submarine tragedy. "Don't Try This at Home" reverberates with the language of revolution "Gunpowder and modem"; "Sewing up Crap" attacks child labor. At every turn a seamlessly deployed folk song sample brings haunting echoes of the past into the present. "When I'm Bad," for instance, reworks West's "When I'm bad I'm better" adage against house-piano, cooed rap, a sample from esteemed traditional vocal trio Coope Boyes & Simpson, and a classic Chumba drinking line: "Oh barman fill this glass again/And keep on pouring 'til Death says 'when'." While there's no slamming single à la "Tubthumping," these subversive pop collages are filled with a constant stream of clubland pulses, great lyrics, and haunting voices. Light pop doesn't get any heavier than this.
All Music Guide - Michael Gallucci
Once listeners accept that Chumbawamba got lucky and will never, ever have another "Tubthumping" in them, the better off they'll all be. And the sooner they recognize this, the sooner they can begin to enjoy the subtle charms of this anarchist combo. Because beneath the snarky, self-imposed label, Chumbawamba is a pretty smart pop band, heavy on hooks and even heavier on ideological grandstanding. Readymades basically follows the pattern laid out on their previous two albums. The pop is a little more forward, as is the political theorizing, but it's a consistent listen more so than the Tubthumper album. Best moment: the wispy folk and anti-capitalist sentiment of "Don't Try This at Home."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 044001807121
  • Catalog Number: 018071

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chumbawamba Primary Artist
Dick Gaughan Sampling
Janet Russell Vocals
Lal Waterson Sampling
Kate Rusby Sampling
Boff Guitar
Neil Ferguson Bass
Jude Abbott Trumpet, Vocals
Alice Nutter Vocals
Harry Hamer Drums
Dunstan Bruce Vocals
Lou Watts Keyboards, Vocals
Harry Cox Sampling
Belle Stewart Sampling
Oliver Knight Sampling
Richard Mutt Tea-Chest Bass
Michelle Plumb Vocals
Simon Pugsley Trombone
James Reiss scratching
Abi Riozzi Vocals
Technical Credits
Chumbawamba Arranger, Producer
Baader Meinhof Cover Design
Geoff Pesche Mastering
Boff Contributor
Neil Ferguson Contributor
Alice Nutter Contributor
Harry Hamer Programming
Dunstan Bruce Sound Effects
Traditional Composer
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