Flat Earth [Remastered]

The Flat Earth [Remastered]

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by Thomas Dolby
     
 

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Exceptionally mature for a sophomore effort, The Flat Earth has held up considerably well since its 1984 release. This staying power belongs to a fantastic ensemble of supporting players as much as to Thomas Dolby's songwriting and crisp production. "Dissidents" steps in cautiously and conjures images of blacklisted authors and ugly snow, gray from oppression.

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Exceptionally mature for a sophomore effort, The Flat Earth has held up considerably well since its 1984 release. This staying power belongs to a fantastic ensemble of supporting players as much as to Thomas Dolby's songwriting and crisp production. "Dissidents" steps in cautiously and conjures images of blacklisted authors and ugly snow, gray from oppression. Here and elsewhere, Matthew Seligman's bass is a welcome addition -- throughout the album his work is lavish, growling, popping through octaves, funk-a-fied and twinkling with harmonics. The title track, "The Flat Earth," is a wondrous R&B daydream of piano and Motown stabs of rhythm guitar. "Screen Kiss" has a similarly ethereal quality, and the lyrics are lush with imagery, if occasionally cryptic. "White City"'s drug reference and chugging groove are as murky as they are energizing, so new wavers might find themselves frowning a bit on the dancefloor. Then there is "Mulu the Rain Forest," a globally minded curiosity of foreboding and disorienting samples that certainly feels a long way off from The Golden Age of Wireless. Dolby gets points for shrugging off any obligation to formula, but this voodoo spell has an adverse effect on the rest of the album. What follows is certainly a graceful recovery -- his rendition of 1967's "I Scare Myself" is a balmy jazz club cocktail -- faithfully nostalgic, right down to a bittersweet trombone solo from Peter Thomas. "Hyperactive" is, and always was, one part bizarre to two parts infectious. Guest vocalist Adele Bertei fuels the fire of what was already destined to be a memorable diversion, beyond the reach of Top 40. Thomas Dolby's work on The Flat Earth harks back to a time when songs mattered more than videos, even as MTV was discovering its strength. Last time the songwriter blinded us with science; this time it's musicianship. [The remastered version of Flat Earth comes with bonus remixed and live tracks, as well as Dolby's singles from the soundtracks of Howard the Duck and Gothic.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
Label:
Emd Int'l
UPC:
5099926791128
catalogNumber:
2679112

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thomas Dolby   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Kevin Armstrong   Guitar,Trumpet,Background Vocals
Adele Bertei   Background Vocals
Cliff Brigden   Percussion
Lyndon Connah   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Lesley Fairbairn   Background Vocals
Justin Hildreth   Drums
Chucho Merchán   Guitar
Matthew Seligman   Bass
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Bruce Woolley   Background Vocals
Debra Barsha   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Peter Thomas   Trombone

Technical Credits

Thomas Dolby   Composer,Producer,Annotation
Kevin Armstrong   Composer
Adele Bertei   Composer
Cliff Brigden   drum programming
Dan Lacksman   Engineer
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Composer,Producer
Matthew Salt   Contributor
Matthew Seligman   Composer
Alonzo Willis   Composer
Scott Minshall   Reissue Layout
Talia Robertson   Drawing
S. Volk   Composer
D. Hicks   Composer

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