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Something Wicked

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All Music Guide - Nic Kincaid
Colossal and cinematic, the fourth record from the Herbaliser is a timely achievement in music, a genre-bending statement of creative poignancy. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a quiet masterpiece, bringing together a tremendous cast of hip-hop elite and employing more of their own samples and live instrumentation than on their previous releases. The overwhelming credit throughout is how intentional the placement of samples, lyrics, and dynamics are, with the flow of the recording taking precedence over any one particular performance or section. This makes the appearances of Iriscience on "Verbal Anime," Wildflower on "Good Girl Gone Bad," Phi Life Cypher on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nic Kincaid
Colossal and cinematic, the fourth record from the Herbaliser is a timely achievement in music, a genre-bending statement of creative poignancy. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a quiet masterpiece, bringing together a tremendous cast of hip-hop elite and employing more of their own samples and live instrumentation than on their previous releases. The overwhelming credit throughout is how intentional the placement of samples, lyrics, and dynamics are, with the flow of the recording taking precedence over any one particular performance or section. This makes the appearances of Iriscience on "Verbal Anime," Wildflower on "Good Girl Gone Bad," Phi Life Cypher on "Distinguished Jamaican English," and MF Doom on "It Ain't Nuttin'" even more coveted. The instrumental tracks and their trip-hop meadows, acid jazz vamps, and spacy psychedelia make the ride rich and expansive, expounding on some of the same spy-theme sounds introduced on Very Mercenary. The result is once again a declaration of the the Herbaliser as innovators in the beat genre, and another pioneering feather in Ninja Tune's astonishing hat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2002
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • EAN: 5021392253121
  • Catalog Number: 64
  • Sales rank: 15,366

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something Wicked - Seaming To (5:10)
  2. 2 Verbal Animé - Rakaa-Iriscience (3:46)
  3. 3 Time 2 Build - Blade (3:24)
  4. 4 24 Carat Blag (4:08)
  5. 5 Mr. Holmes (7:18)
  6. 6 Good Girl Gone Bad - Wildflower (4:07)
  7. 7 The Hard Stuff (2:01)
  8. 8 Distinguished Jamaican English - Phi-Life Cypher (3:32)
  9. 9 Worldwide Connected (5:06)
  10. 10 The Turnaround (3:15)
  11. 11 Battle of Bongo Hill (4:52)
  12. 12 It Ain't Nuttin' - MF Doom (2:46)
  13. 13 Unsungsong (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Herbaliser Primary Artist
Ellen Blair Viola
Matt Coleman Trombone
Micky Moody Drums
Andrew Ross Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Kaidi Tatham Keyboards, Clavinet, fender rhodes
MF Doom Vocals
Adam Phillips Guitar
Iriscience Vocals
Blade Track Performer
Danny Huckridge Bass
Ollie Parfitt Organ, Piano, Harpsichord, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Ollie Teeba scratching, Keyboards
Jake Wherry Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Clavinet, ARP, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Malachi Sampling
Marsha Skinns Violin
Phi-Life Cypher Vocals
Ralph Lamb Organ, Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Valve Trombone, Wah Wah Clavinet
Gill Morley Violin
Trevor Mires Trombone
Seaming To Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Bowden String Arrangements
Easy Access Orchestra Horn Arrangements
Iriscience Producer
Ollie Teeba Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Jake Wherry Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Seaming To Vocal Arrangements
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