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All Music Guide - John Bush
When Badly Drawn Boy debuted in the late '90s, listeners were forced to reconcile his craftsmanlike songs and heavenly voice with someone who looked like he lived at the bus station. Duke Special is a similar case. He's an eye-shadowed, dreadlocked singer/songwriter with a taste for vaudeville its performers and its fashion who could, nevertheless, be safely taken under the wing of any James Blunt fan. Admittedly, hanging posters on the bedroom wall would be another story. What's more important to know about Duke Special is that he's a Belfast boy, and there's something specifically Irish about how he wears his sincerity with no hint of irony or shame, and how his ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
When Badly Drawn Boy debuted in the late '90s, listeners were forced to reconcile his craftsmanlike songs and heavenly voice with someone who looked like he lived at the bus station. Duke Special is a similar case. He's an eye-shadowed, dreadlocked singer/songwriter with a taste for vaudeville its performers and its fashion who could, nevertheless, be safely taken under the wing of any James Blunt fan. Admittedly, hanging posters on the bedroom wall would be another story. What's more important to know about Duke Special is that he's a Belfast boy, and there's something specifically Irish about how he wears his sincerity with no hint of irony or shame, and how his pop-orchestral arrangements, occasionally bombastic, work surprisingly well because of that sincerity especially considering his wealth of up-again/down-again relationship songs. He's also a fine songwriter, channeling Van Morrison and Tom Waits, but also balancing sentiments that anyone can relate to with over-specific facts that bring his songs back into heavy personalization. The melodies are perhaps not tight enough for true commercial crossover, and conversely too broad for underground appeal, but Duke Special's unique persona goes a long way toward papering over those small concerns.
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  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • EAN: 5033197437422
  • Catalog Number: 9743742

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Performance Credits
Duke Special Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Tack Piano, Moog Bass
Tim Harries Bass
Brian Irving Hand Clapping
Paul Wilkinson Electric Bass, Archguitar
Phil Nelson Bassoon
Ben Castle Flute, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Phil Wilkinson Drums
Michael Keeney Hand Clapping
Kevin Murphy Cello
Foy Vance Background Vocals
Ben Hales Background Vocals
Harry Napier Strings
Rèa Curran Trumpet, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Wilkinson Arranger, Composer, Producer
Andy Green Producer
Duke Special Composer
Stewart Hawkes Mastering
Ben Hales Composer
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