Day After Yesterday

The Day After Yesterday

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by Rick Springfield
     
 

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Most covers albums are light-hearted affairs, a way for an artist to recapture their past, or to pay tribute to their earliest musical influences. Not Rick Springfield's 2005 album The Day After Yesterday (whose title is oddly borrowed from the name of the unpublished novel Paul Giamatti's Miles Raymond wrote in Alexander

Overview

Most covers albums are light-hearted affairs, a way for an artist to recapture their past, or to pay tribute to their earliest musical influences. Not Rick Springfield's 2005 album The Day After Yesterday (whose title is oddly borrowed from the name of the unpublished novel Paul Giamatti's Miles Raymond wrote in Alexander Payne's Academy Award-nominated 2004 comedy Sideways). On this 14-track collection (which does contain one original, "Cry"), Springfield occasionally revisits musical inspirations -- most notably on the Beatles' "For No One" (which was included on his Written in Rock compilation as a teaser for this album) and John Lennon's "Imagine" -- but for the most part he sticks to songs that were hits when he was having hits, or as he calls them, songs he wishes he'd written. There are a bunch of songs from the '80s, ranging from Mr. Mister's chart-topper "Broken Wings" to the Church's neo-psychedelic college rock classic "Under the Milky Way." Well-known hits like 10cc's "I'm Not in Love," the Human League's "Human," Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" rub shoulders with such lesser-known chestnuts as the Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town," Ambrosia's "Holding on to Yesterday," the Blue Nile's "Let's Go Out Tonight," Cliff Richards' "Miss You Nights" and Lizz Wright's "Blue Rose." What ties these songs together is that they're all moody mid-tempo numbers, alternating between the introspective and the romantic, and Springfield gives them moody interpretations, which aren't just ideal for late-night listening, but also fits the somber, mature tone of his work since his 1999 comeback Karma. If Springfield's voice has a few more ragged edges than it did at his peak in the '80s, it nevertheless doesn't sound worse for wear; in fact, it suits the laid-back, contemplative tone of the album. While none of the songs are given radical rearrangements, they are expertly chosen and are cohesive as an album, which is a testament to both Springfield's taste and his musicianship. If this isn't a major work, it is a satisfying album all the same.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2005
Label:
Jvc Japan
UPC:
4988002493524
catalogNumber:
63215

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Springfield   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Vince DiCola   Keyboards
George Bernhardt   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Matt Bissonette   Bass,Electric Bass,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Richard Dodd   Strings
Jeff Gross   Percussion
Jamie Jones   Background Vocals
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Terral "Terry" Santiel   Percussion
Dino Soldo   Horn
April Lassiter   Background Vocals
Eric Gorfain   Strings,Violin,Soloist
Daphne Chen   Strings
John 5   Guitar
Leah Katz   Strings
Rodger Carter   Drums
Ronnie Grinel   Drums
Derek Hilland   Keyboards
Lesley-Anne Down   Whisper
Delious Kennedy   Background Vocals
Session Quartet   Strings

Technical Credits

Lou Gramm   Composer
Steve Kilbey   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Gerry Rafferty   Composer
Rick Springfield   Composer,Producer
Vince DiCola   keyboard arrangements
Graham Gouldman   Composer
Kenneth Banks   Composer
Paul Buchanan   Composer
Karin Jansson   Composer
Jamie Jones   Vocal Arrangements
John Lang   Composer
Kenny Meriedeth   keyboard arrangements
David Pack   Composer
Richard Page   Composer,Duet
Gilbert Gabriel   Composer
Matty Spindel   Engineer
Jacob Schulze   Composer
Lizz Wright   Composer
Steven "Steve O" George   Composer
Ronnie Grinel   Tom Overdubs
George Nastos   Guitar Techician
Kym DeGenaro   Graphic Design

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The Day After Yesterday 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved the album! Rick performs nice covers embellished with his classic style. Best work since Tao.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a new direction since the shock/denial/anger/acceptance cd. It shows the creativity and the range of Rick Springfield's talent. This cd is a has laid back feel and is an interesting choice of songs. Not the typical Springfield cd, but it is enjoyable all the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
like his last CD SDAA, this one is a hit.