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King of Nothing Hill
     

The King of Nothing Hill

by Barry Adamson
 
With As Above, So Below, Barry Adamson took a detour from the soundscape work that comprised much of his early solo catalog. It was more conventional sounding than anything he had written prior, and with production help from Flood, the album's seedy undertones and gritty seduction were given center stage. With The King of Nothing Hill<

Overview

With As Above, So Below, Barry Adamson took a detour from the soundscape work that comprised much of his early solo catalog. It was more conventional sounding than anything he had written prior, and with production help from Flood, the album's seedy undertones and gritty seduction were given center stage. With The King of Nothing Hill, he continues where As Above left off -- seamlessly blending funk, jazz, rock, disco, and '60s French pop while swapping street tales with the listener. It's apparent on tracks like the funk-fueled "Cinematic Soul," the trippy "Twisted Smile," and the intense "When Darkness Calls" that Adamson can evoke a variety of feelings in any one of a number of musical styles. He's as convincing when vividly painting a crime scene as when he becomes "Satisfaction Jackson" in an attempt to seduce his prey. He occasionally dips into his soundtrack roots on tracks like the murky "Le Matin des Noire" and "The Second Stain," but when he does, he maintains the continuity of the album. This variety is what makes The King of Nothing Hill so enjoyable -- it revels in being both fun and furious. Whether he's talking about love or the streets, there's usually a clever hint of irony present. Adamson is blatant when he needs to be, but gets his point across most effectively when using metaphors. The King of Nothing Hill is his first album of all-new material since 1998's As Above, So Below. Although he released a best-of in 1999, Adamson's fans grew eager as rumors of a new album began to surface. With its sonically rich textures and ultra-smooth vibe, The King of Nothing Hill was well worth the wait.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2002
Label:
Mute U.S.
UPC:
0724596917626
catalogNumber:
9176

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Adamson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Bass,Glockenspiel,Harpsichord,Vocals,Acoustic Bass,fender rhodes
Claude   Background Vocals
Andy Grappy   Tuba
Nick Plytas   Hammond Organ,Clavinet
Michael Kearsey   Trombone
Theo Adamson   Vocals
Liz Chi Yen Liew   Improvisation
Mike Lovatt   Trumpet
Pete Whyman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Barry Adamson   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Logo
Philip Bagenal   Engineer
Michael Kearsey   Orchestration
Christina Adamson   beats
Pete Whyman   Orchestration

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