The Bliss Album...?

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
After the breakout pop success of their debut album, P.M. Dawn played up the lush, soothing urban-soul qualities of their sound on the follow-up, The Bliss Album...? For all of hardcore rap's hysteria over the duo's gentle demeanor and pop influences, Of the Heart, of the Soul, and of the Cross had been a predominantly rap-oriented album. That changes on The Bliss Album...?, which downplays Prince Be's rapping only on about a third of the tracks in favor of dreamy melodies throughout the songs, not just on the choruses. It's a logical move, since P.M. Dawn's most unique moments were often also their most reflective, and they had an obvious knack for crafting original hooks. ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
After the breakout pop success of their debut album, P.M. Dawn played up the lush, soothing urban-soul qualities of their sound on the follow-up, The Bliss Album...? For all of hardcore rap's hysteria over the duo's gentle demeanor and pop influences, Of the Heart, of the Soul, and of the Cross had been a predominantly rap-oriented album. That changes on The Bliss Album...?, which downplays Prince Be's rapping only on about a third of the tracks in favor of dreamy melodies throughout the songs, not just on the choruses. It's a logical move, since P.M. Dawn's most unique moments were often also their most reflective, and they had an obvious knack for crafting original hooks. The Bliss Album...?'s approach also provides more opportunities for the ethereal, layered vocal overdubs that had become one of the duo's signatures. While the results don't quite re-envision hip-hop the way the debut did, they're still tremendously inventive, playing to P.M. Dawn's strengths. The musical landscapes are even more lushly arranged, and the pop numbers positively shimmer thanks to the duo's increasing sense of craft. A couple of the more aggressive rap tracks break up the mood a little, as with "Plastic," a sly rebuttal of the charges leveled by the group's macho detractors. It seems unnecessary, though, since P.M. Dawn's cosmic mysticism and vastly different influences clearly aren't competing on the same turf. Luckily, The Bliss Album...? refuses to acknowledge any artificially imposed purist boundaries, continuing to chart new sonic territory and expanding the possibilities in P.M. Dawn's music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: V2 North America
  • UPC: 638813251021
  • Catalog Number: 32510

Album Credits

Performance Credits
P.M. Dawn Primary Artist, Strings
Boy George Vocals, Background Vocals
Cathy Dennis Background Vocals
Abe Appleman Violin
Alfred Brown Viola
Cheryl Cordes Background Vocals
Max Ellen Strings, Violin
Joseph Gianono Strings
Regis Iandiorio Violin
Tony Love Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Robert Musso Guitar
Gene Orloff Violin
Sandra Park Violin
Susan Poliacik Cello
Marti Sweet Violin
Mitsue Takayama Viola
Tyrrell Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Frederick Zlotkin Cello
Prince Be Keyboards
Cash Money scratching
James ? Piano
Marge Suti Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Herbie Tribino Guitar
James from Lunarci Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Elliot Rosoff Violin
Technical Credits
DJ Cash Money Contributor
Max Ellen Arranger, String Arrangements
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Joseph Gianono Arranger, String Arrangements
P.M. Dawn Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Tyrrell Programming, Engineer, Contributor
Prince Be Feedback
David Calderley Artwork, Art Direction
Ziggi Golding Art Direction
Minutemix Contributor, Cut
Michael Fossenkemper Engineer
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