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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A welcome comeback after the flaccid dance-pop of 1987's insipid Love, Stray is among Roddy Frame's most assured and diverse collections of songs. Unlike previous Aztec Camera albums, there's not one unifying style to the disc, and the variety makes Stray one of Frame's better collections. From the assured rocking pop of the singles "The Crying Scene" the closest thing Aztec Camera ever got to an American hit single and "Good Morning Britain" a rousing collaboration with Mick Jones of the Clash and Big Audio Dynamite to the cool, Chet Baker-ish cocktail jazz of "Over My Head," Frame covers the waterfront, but it's the quartet of songs that constitutes the second half of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A welcome comeback after the flaccid dance-pop of 1987's insipid Love, Stray is among Roddy Frame's most assured and diverse collections of songs. Unlike previous Aztec Camera albums, there's not one unifying style to the disc, and the variety makes Stray one of Frame's better collections. From the assured rocking pop of the singles "The Crying Scene" the closest thing Aztec Camera ever got to an American hit single and "Good Morning Britain" a rousing collaboration with Mick Jones of the Clash and Big Audio Dynamite to the cool, Chet Baker-ish cocktail jazz of "Over My Head," Frame covers the waterfront, but it's the quartet of songs that constitutes the second half of the album that impress the most. These four songs, "How It Is," "The Gentle Kind," "Notting Hill Blues," and the tender acoustic closer "Song For A Friend," are a loosely connected cycle mingling folk, soul, and pop in varying proportions. Starting with a bitterly cynical denunciation of modern society, the four songs move through sadness and resignation to a hopeful, sweet closure. Shorn of the pretentiousness that mars some of Frame's earlier lyrics -- written, to be fair, while he was still in his mid-teens -- the lyrics on Stray are the first that stand up to Frame's remarkable melodic sense. The simple, low-key production by Frame and Eric Calvi also retreats from the unfortunate excesses of both Love and its misbegotten Mark Knopfler-produced predecessor, Knife. With the exception of Aztec Camera's 1983 debut High Land Hard Rain, this is Roddy Frame's best album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • Label: Edsel Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155701635
  • Catalog Number: 5570163
  • Sales rank: 103,065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stray (5:36)
  2. 2 The Crying Scene (3:36)
  3. 3 Get Outta London (3:43)
  4. 4 Over My Head (5:54)
  5. 5 Good Morning Britain - Mick Jones (4:03)
  6. 6 How It Is (4:01)
  7. 7 The Gentle Kind (5:34)
  8. 8 Notting Hill Blues (6:42)
  9. 9 Song for a Friend (2:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Salvation (5:15)
  2. 2 True Colors (4:34)
  3. 3 Consolation Prize - Roddy Frame (3:10)
  4. 4 Do I Love You? (4:40)
  5. 5 Good Morning Britain (4:13)
  6. 6 Good Morning Britain (7:29)
  7. 7 Good Morning Britain [In (4:20)
  8. 8 Good Morning Britain (4:23)
  9. 9 Good Morning Britain (4:07)
  10. 10 Good Morning Britain (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aztec Camera Primary Artist
Paul Carrack Musician, Guest Appearance
Edwyn Collins Musician, Guest Appearance
Roddy Frame Guitar, Vocals
Mick Jones Musician, Guest Appearance
Gary Sanctuary Keyboards
Steve Sidelnyk Musician
Frank Tontoh Drums, Background Vocals
Paul Powell Bass
Mickey Gallagher Musician
Technical Credits
Edwyn Collins Composer
Chris Blair Mastering
Norman Cook Remixing
Simon Dawson Engineer
Roddy Frame Composer, Producer
Cameron Jenkins Engineer
Julian Mendelsohn Remixing
Cole Porter Composer
Billy Steinberg Composer
Eric Calvi Producer, Engineer
Terry Staunton Liner Notes, Annotation
Tony Hodsoll CD Package Design
Tom Kelly Composer
Phil Kinrade Mastering
The Laylow Posse Remixing
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