Saint Julian [Bonus CD]

Saint Julian [Bonus CD]

by Julian Cope
     
 
A switch to Island Records resulted in the best possible start -- not merely a generally fine album but a simply fantastic hit U.K. single, "World Shut Your Mouth." Nothing to do with the record of the same name but definitely possessing much of the same energy, it's a great slice of modern rock, with a crisp arrangement and punchy performance from

Overview

A switch to Island Records resulted in the best possible start -- not merely a generally fine album but a simply fantastic hit U.K. single, "World Shut Your Mouth." Nothing to do with the record of the same name but definitely possessing much of the same energy, it's a great slice of modern rock, with a crisp arrangement and punchy performance from Cope and his band. Skinner and Fried drummer Chris Whitten reappear, while bassist James Eller and keyboardist Double DeHarrison fill out the lineup. Kate St. John once again adds cor anglais here and there, one of her best moments being the bright charge of the title track. Together they tackle a set of songs notably less insular than much of the Fried material, with full-on performances to match. One song shows that best of all -- "Shot Down," which originally appeared on Fried and here becomes a swaggering, pounding rocker with keyboards adding to the impact. More than ever before in his solo career, Cope sounds like he's performing songs meant to be heard live, as the charging "Trampoline" and "Spacehopper" show. There's an almost finger-snapping, swinging vibe to a number of the performances that recall Teardrop Explodes days without trying to simply re-create that sound -- he's not trying to revisit the past, there's no need. A few numbers sound a bit too cold and crisp to work entirely -- "Planet Ride" is arena soul
ock that sounds like something Robert Palmer would have done around the same time, lyrics aside. A couple of other moments like that crop up, but with the balance skewed more to joys like Cope's in-your-face vocal on "Pulsar" and the lengthy final track "A Crack in the Clouds," Saint Julian is another winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2013
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0602527991016
catalogNumber:
2799101
Rank:
68685

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julian Cope   Primary Artist,Organ,Vocals,Sampling,Clavioline,Guitar (12 String Electric)
James Eller   Bass
Donald Ross Skinner   Guitar,Clavinet,Sampling
Chris Whitten   Drums,Sampling
K.R. Frost   Organ,Sampling

Technical Credits

Julian Cope   Composer,Producer
Pere Ubu   Composer
Tom Lord-Alge   Remixing
Double DeHarrison   Composer,Producer
James Eller   Composer
Tom Herman   Composer
Scott Krauss   Composer
Warne Livesey   Producer
Tony Maimone   Composer
Allen Ravenstine   Composer
Donald Ross Skinner   Composer
Ed Stasium   Producer,Engineer
Stacy Sutherland   Composer
Tommy Hall   Composer
Hugh Gilmour   Reissue Design
Tom Lewis   Producer
Ian Harrison   Liner Notes
Christopher John Whitten   Composer
David Lyn Thomas   Composer

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