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Take Care [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Wilson Neate
Under the name He Said, Graham Lewis made a first credible foray into the realm of pop with Hail in 1986. The 1989 follow-up, Take Care, continues in the same direction and with more consistent, superior results. If in places Hail hinted that Lewis' work was worthy of broader popular acclaim as well as some commercial success, the more conventional songwriting that characterizes Take Care makes that point convincingly. The album's synths, programmed beats, and clean production make it clear that Take Care is very much a product of the 1980s, but its dance-friendly electro-pop is rarely anachronistic -- even on the vaguely funky disco throwback "Not a Soul," complete with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Wilson Neate
Under the name He Said, Graham Lewis made a first credible foray into the realm of pop with Hail in 1986. The 1989 follow-up, Take Care, continues in the same direction and with more consistent, superior results. If in places Hail hinted that Lewis' work was worthy of broader popular acclaim as well as some commercial success, the more conventional songwriting that characterizes Take Care makes that point convincingly. The album's synths, programmed beats, and clean production make it clear that Take Care is very much a product of the 1980s, but its dance-friendly electro-pop is rarely anachronistic -- even on the vaguely funky disco throwback "Not a Soul," complete with Human League-style female backing vocals. Take Care's continued appeal is largely due to Lewis' knack for inscribing his better material with an understated catchiness. Whether it's on the mid-tempo numbers like the dark, atmospheric "Watch Take Care" or the more upbeat "A.B.C. Dicks Love," whose propulsive rhythms are provided by ex-Sugarhill Gang and Tackhead drummer Keith LeBlanc, much of the album still sounds remarkably fresh. However, Take Care's downbeat tracks are the most memorable and the most accomplished. With its minimal piano phrases, stirring vocals, and austere synth melodies, the languid "Could You?" exemplifies Lewis' talent for haunting, affecting songs. The album also showcases his previously undocumented skill as an interpreter of others' work with an unlikely cover of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne." Although Lewis' experimental urges hitherto satisfied on recordings with Bruce Gilbert are largely suppressed here, rumblings of Dome can be heard on "Hole in the Sky." While this noisy, industrially flavored track looks forward to the sound of Lewis' next solo project, Immanent, for the most part, Take Care anticipates the synth-oriented pop direction Wire would take on Manscape the following year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/1996
  • Label: Old Mute
  • UPC: 017533009424
  • Catalog Number: 57

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Watch. Take. Care. (8:39)
  2. 2 A.B.C. Dicks Love (5:13)
  3. 3 Could You (5:51)
  4. 4 Tongueties (8:17)
  5. 5 Screen (5:20)
  6. 6 Not a Soul (5:25)
  7. 7 Half Way House (3:14)
  8. 8 Get Out of That Rain (2:31)
  9. 9 He Said: She Said (4:13)
  10. 10 Hole in the Sky (5:26)
  11. 11 A.B.C. Dicks Love (Soft) (6:09)
  12. 12 Suzanne (6:04)
  13. 13 Could You? (Too)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
He Said Primary Artist
Keith LeBlanc Drums, Keyboards
Shirley Lewis Background Vocals
John Fryer Drums, Noise
Ruby James Background Vocals
Lorenza Johnson Background Vocals
Paul Kendall Drums
Lewis Voices, Noise
Technical Credits
John Fryer Producer, Engineer
Paul Kendall Engineer
Seven Sleve Video Images, Cover Art
Lewis Engineer
Slim Smith Sleeve Design
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