The King of Nothing Hill

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Don Kline
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Don Kline
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2002
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • UPC: 724596917626
  • Catalog Number: 9176
  • Sales rank: 249,639

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cinematic Soul (5:27)
  2. 2 Whispering Streets (5:00)
  3. 3 Black Amour (5:05)
  4. 4 When Darkness Calls (5:54)
  5. 5 The Second Stain (4:43)
  6. 6 Twisted Smile (5:52)
  7. 7 Le Matin des Noire (10:26)
  8. 8 That Fool Was Me (5:35)
  9. 9 The Crime Scene (6:26)
  10. 10 Cold Comfort (8:25)
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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
Mandy Parnell Mastering
Christina Adamson beats
Pete Whyman Orchestration
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