Sixpence None the Richer

Sixpence None the Richer

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One of Christian music's best-loved indie bands since its 1994 debut, Sixpence None the Richer scored a much deserved crossover success with this 1998 self-titled effort and its sparkling single "Kiss Me," a hook-driven gem penned by Sixpence guitarist/songwriter Matt Slocum to his wife, lead singer Leigh Nash. The rest of the songs here areSee more details below

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One of Christian music's best-loved indie bands since its 1994 debut, Sixpence None the Richer scored a much deserved crossover success with this 1998 self-titled effort and its sparkling single "Kiss Me," a hook-driven gem penned by Sixpence guitarist/songwriter Matt Slocum to his wife, lead singer Leigh Nash. The rest of the songs here are less straightforward lyrically, but Nash's ethereal soprano -- think Harriet Wheeler of the Sundays -- brings Slocum's image-saturated poetry to life. "Kiss Me" and the equally bright (though more lyrically cryptic) "Easy to Ignore" are cheerful moments on what is often a dark, complicated record. Most of SIXPENCE recounts the band's struggle to deal with departing band members, a collapsing record label, and an ensuing yearlong legal limbo. Such trials explain songs such as "Anything," where Slocum writes: "They're looking for money as they clean my artistic womb.... We'd like to know if we should pack our tents, shut down the show." Ouch. Fortunately, Nash's sunny vocals and an artful production that sprinkles in Celtic, Latin, and even Gregorian elements prevent the album from being bogged down by its own angst. More along the lines of "Kiss Me" is a cover of the La's jangle-pop classic "There She Goes," which was added to later SIXPENCE pressings and shows us Sixpence at their best: bright, light, and full of fun.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
After toiling in relative obscurity in the Christian pop ghetto for several years, Sixpence None the Richer suddenly exploded on to the pop charts in 1999 on the strength of "Kiss Me," an utterly irresistible slice of swoony guitar pop that, once heard, is impossible to shake loose from the brain and could well turn out to be this generation's "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." The rest of the album may not be quite as memorable, but that's not to say that "Kiss Me" is the only thing worth hearing. "Anything," with its fruity chord progression and string sweetening, is almost Beatlesque; "The Lines of My Earth" draws subtly on country influences. Then there's the Pablo Neruda setting. There are moments when the wispiness of Leigh Nash's voice isn't adequately offset by sturdier accompaniment, but overall this is a very winning album. Those who are offended by religious messages in their pop music don't need to worry -- there are a few here, but they're pretty subtle.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/1998
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0080688551223
catalogNumber:
85512
Rank:
49615

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sixpence None the Richer   Primary Artist
Phil Madeira   Hammond Organ
Dale Baker   Percussion,Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Tom Howard   Piano
John Mark Painter   Accordion,Multi Instruments,Bells,Oud,Muted Trumpet,Hurdy-Gurdy,Mellotron
Perkins   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Chris Donohue   Bass
Peter Hyrka   Violin
Antoine Silverman   Violin
J.J. Plasencio   Bass,Upright Bass
Matt Slocum   Guitar,Cello,Multi Instruments,Wurlitzer
Mark Nash   Cymbals,Hi Hat
Leigh Nash   Vocals
Justin Cary   Bass,Bass Guitar
Sean Kelly   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Taylor   Producer
Phil Madeira   Contributor
William Stanley Merwin   translation
Tony Palacios   Engineer
John Mark Painter   Engineer
Russ Long   Engineer
Beth Lee   Art Direction
Andreas Krause   Engineer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Matt Slocum   String Arrangements
D.L. Taylor   Contributor,Artwork,Cover Painting
Chris Grainger   Engineer
Tara Wilson   Engineer

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