Shoot from the Hip

Shoot from the Hip

by Sophie Ellis-Bextor
     
 

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor's second album lacks anything nearly as distinctive as her early singles "Murder on the Dancefloor" and "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)," but it's still a solid, perfectly respectable collection of contemporary dance-pop. Of course, "respectable" doesn't necessarily count for much in pop terms, although Ellis-Bextor has mastered a knack for exuding

Overview

Sophie Ellis-Bextor's second album lacks anything nearly as distinctive as her early singles "Murder on the Dancefloor" and "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)," but it's still a solid, perfectly respectable collection of contemporary dance-pop. Of course, "respectable" doesn't necessarily count for much in pop terms, although Ellis-Bextor has mastered a knack for exuding sophistication without being off-putting and stuffy -- she's so posh (viz. her unmistakable accent) that the slickness of the production complements her personality rather than diluting it. Still, the songs have to be there, and the songs on Shoot from the Hip rarely rise above the merely pleasant, the best bets there being the smooth disco single "Mixed-Up World" and the chipper "I Won't Change You," whose groove is reminiscent of Kylie Minogue's far-superior "Love at First Sight." Production-wise, there's enough variety to keep the album from sagging, particularly as things turn slightly darker and moodier towards the latter half with the spiky "You Get Yours" and the odd, haunted "The Walls Keep Saying Your Name." The understated ballad "I Am Not Good at Not Getting What I Want," co-written with Bernard Butler, rounds things out nicely. [Some editions included a cover of Olivia Newton-John's "Let's Get Physical" as a hidden bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date:
12/30/2003
Label:
Universal Import
UPC:
0602498658390
catalogNumber:
865839
Rank:
270403

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sophie Ellis-Bextor   Primary Artist
Bernard Butler   Guitar,Keyboards
James Eller   Bass
Paul Gendler   Guitar
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Roger Newell   Guitar
Guy Pratt   Bass
Winston Rollins   Trombone
Matt Rowe   Keyboards
Steve Sidelnyk   Percussion,Drums
Paul Stewart   Drums
Enrico Tomasso   Trumpet
Jeremy Wheatley   Drums
Damian leGassick   Bass,Conductor,Keyboards,Vibes
Andy Maclure   Drums
James Woodrow   Guitar
Pablo Cook   Percussion
Andy Boyd   Vocals
Rik Simpson   Keyboards
Monte Pittman   Guitar
Mike Lovatt   Trumpet
Christopher Tombling   Strings

Technical Credits

Gregg Alexander   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bernard Butler   String Arrangements
Alex James   Composer
Matt Rowe   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jeremy Wheatley   Producer
Damian leGassick   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Rik Simpson   Programming,Engineer
R. Davis   Composer
John "BJ John" Smith   Engineer
Sophie Ellis-Bextor   Composer
Ali Staton   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Dan Gautreau   Pro-Tools

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