Songs for a Gentle Man

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
On her second album, Bridget St. John expanded her arrangements from the acoustic guitar of her previous effort considerably, with the aid of producer Ron Geesin. While these took the risks of sometimes bathing the songs in too much fruitiness, in general the added cellos, flutes, bassoons, violins, horns, and backup voices did much to add welcome spice to a sound that had gotten a little numbingly similar over the course of her debut. The songs, too, were a little more playful and melodically interesting, though they retained the reserved, even-tempered pastoralism of her prior work. She still sounds like a challenge to raise either a smile or a frown out of most of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
On her second album, Bridget St. John expanded her arrangements from the acoustic guitar of her previous effort considerably, with the aid of producer Ron Geesin. While these took the risks of sometimes bathing the songs in too much fruitiness, in general the added cellos, flutes, bassoons, violins, horns, and backup voices did much to add welcome spice to a sound that had gotten a little numbingly similar over the course of her debut. The songs, too, were a little more playful and melodically interesting, though they retained the reserved, even-tempered pastoralism of her prior work. She still sounds like a challenge to raise either a smile or a frown out of most of the time, like a hermit determined to stay out of the city at all costs. It's pleasant if not penetrating rainy-day folk/Baroque, breaking out of that mood with "Seagull-Sunday" which certainly sounds influenced by Joni Mitchell and Donovan's "The Pebble and the Man" with some almost comically eccentric, operatic male backup vocals. She never sounded more like Nico than she did on the too-short 42-second closer, "It Seems Very Strange," with its doom-struck harmonium. [This and her first album, Ask Me No Questions, were combined onto one CD by See for Miles in 1994, and it was also re-issued by itself on Cherry Red in 2005.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • Label: Cherry Red Uk
  • EAN: 5013929128323
  • Catalog Number: 283
  • Sales rank: 107,343

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bridget St. John Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonium, Keyboards, Vocals
Alan Stivell Horn
Ron Geesin Guitar, Keyboards
Kate Jacobs Violin
Richard Sanders Guitar
Charles Tunnell Cello
Edward Beckett Flute
Elizabeth Edwards Violin
Tony Parsons Trombone
Colin Busby Trombone
John Pritchard Trombone
Peter Hall Tenor (Vocal)
Derek Simpson Cello
Derek James Trombone
Rick Sanders Guitar
Angela East Cello
John Thompson Jr. Viola
Robert Bourdon Alto Flute
Brian Etheridge Bass (Vocal)
Geoffrey Mitchell Counter Tenor (Vocal)
William Bennett Flute, Alto Flute
Technical Credits
Ron Geesin Arranger, Producer
Bridget St. John Arranger
Jerry Boys Engineer
John Henry Arranger
Nigel Cross Liner Notes
Baba Kerr Cover Photo
Littleman Contributor
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