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Charm and the Strange
     

The Charm and the Strange

by Simon Wilcox
 
With help from the rhythm section of Echo & the Bunnymen, singer Simon Wilcox takes the bull by the horns and steers this album in the right direction immediately. The urgent and strong "Bored" is a gritty, edgy rock tune that never falters and flows nicely into the slightly lighter but solid hi-hat dance rock of "Awful Badly."

Overview

With help from the rhythm section of Echo & the Bunnymen, singer Simon Wilcox takes the bull by the horns and steers this album in the right direction immediately. The urgent and strong "Bored" is a gritty, edgy rock tune that never falters and flows nicely into the slightly lighter but solid hi-hat dance rock of "Awful Badly." Perhaps the biggest strength the album has is how lean and polished the songs come across, especially radio-friendly pop
ock nuggets like the Coldplay-leaning "Beatbox" and the equally enjoyable, punchy feel that the foot-stomping "Eyes on You" evokes. She even pulls it back out with a French version to close the record. Wilcox rarely lets things sag, although "Disaster Strikes" almost falls into a rather mediocre realm with its rich, dreamy feel. Fortunately, her strong songwriting skills pick the album back up by its proverbial bootstraps with the infectious "Mother's Ruin" whose melody is criminally good. It's as if the musician is intent on giving the listener a filler-free record, and she's delivered on that in spades, even if a gentle piano fleshes out the powerful "Sad Fool." Meanwhile, "Nobody's Sweetheart" could be compared in some respects to the opening moments of Pulp's "Common People." The only tender track is the gentle "Stars Are Gone" which shows another side to Wilcox. The only strange thing about this album is how charming it truly is.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2007
Label:
Maple
UPC:
0823674647124
catalogNumber:
6471
Rank:
127783

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Simon Wilcox   Primary Artist,Vocals,Musician
Drew Birston   Bass,Musician
Mike Moore   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Musician
Peter Wilkinson   Bass,Musician
Kevin Fox   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Musician
Ian Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Musician
Justin Abedin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Musician
Ron Lopata   Musician
Gavin Brown   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Musician
Karen Graves   Violin,Musician
Simon Finley   Drums,Musician
Tomi Swick   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Musician
Saam Hashemi   Musician

Technical Credits

Pete Prilesnik   Arranger
Simon Wilcox   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ron Lopata   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Kenny Luong   Engineer
Saam Hashemi   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Chris Hutsul   Artwork
Kai Koschmider   Engineer

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