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Birth of Cornelius [11 Tracks]
     

The Birth of Cornelius [11 Tracks]

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by Corneille
 
After releasing two platinum French-language albums that were heavily influenced by his family's murder at the hands of a Rwandan death squad, neo-soul singer Corneille realized he was "becoming a symbol for something, a persona." On the Rwandan-Canadian artist's first English-language album, feelings of despair and the search for peace are

Overview

After releasing two platinum French-language albums that were heavily influenced by his family's murder at the hands of a Rwandan death squad, neo-soul singer Corneille realized he was "becoming a symbol for something, a persona." On the Rwandan-Canadian artist's first English-language album, feelings of despair and the search for peace are once again touched upon, but when the provocative title "Murder" leads to a breezy, almost Swing Out Sister song that uses homicide as a metaphor for breaking up, there's little doubt the "persona" is shaken. Save a couple autobiographical lines found in "A Man of This World" and "Heaven," plus the heart-wrenching genocide commentary that's "I'll Never Call You Home Again," the singer/songwriter's connection to the past here is mostly neo-soul, influenced by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, and others Corneille has declared were his father's favorites. Dad was also a Tracy Chapman fan and that figures into the mix, and judging by the humble acoustic soul that fuels key track "Too Much of Everything," some Bill Withers records must have been in the collection. Work in a modern John Legend-styled croon plus string arrangements from MFSB alum Larry Gold and you've got the sound, but the reason to fall for Corneille is his unique comfortable and conversational lyrics. Unfortunately, this self-produced album sounds a tad too bright and the great "I'll Never Call You Home Again" is way too heavy to be anything but a closing number. Still, returning fans will find Corneille's evolution remarkable, while all the newcomers will get a rich and rewarding soul-folk experience. [An 11-track edition was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/2009
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602517975224
catalogNumber:
001262002

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Performance Credits

Corneille   Primary Artist
David Angell   Strings
David Davidson   Strings
Karl Denson   Saxophone,Soloist
Daniel Moreno   Percussion,Shaker
Jay Rodriguez   Flute,Saxophone
Monisa Angell   Strings
Carlos Sosa   Horn
Glen Scott   Background Vocals
Martin Terefe   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Andreas Olsson   Guitar,Keyboards
Raúl Vallejo   Horn
Fernando "Radical" Castillo   Horn
Karl Brazil   Percussion,Drums
Jean-Bertrand Carbou   Bass
Andy Dacoulis   Guitar

Technical Credits

David Davidson   String Arrangements
Russell Elevado   Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Carlos Sosa   Horn Arrangements
Martin Terefe   Producer,Engineer
Daniel Cinelli   Percussion Engineer,Vocal Recording
Andreas Olsson   Programming,Producer
Anthony Rozankovic   String Arrangements
Dyre Gormsen   Engineer
Christopher Kornmann   Art Direction
Iain Hill   Engineer

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