Saint Julian [Bonus CD]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2013
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602527991016
  • Catalog Number: 2799101
  • Sales rank: 77,825

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
Andy Pearce Mastering
Tom Lewis Producer
Ian Harrison Liner Notes
Christopher John Whitten Composer
David Lyn Thomas Composer
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