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The Things We Do [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
The former lead singer of the Wild Colonials -- who also lent her vocals to "Breathe," the pop hit from Télépopmusik and a Mitsubishi commercial -- returns with an album that brings to mind Macy Gray and Catatonia's Cerys Matthews. Beginning with a soulful and midtempo groove on "It's Been Done," the singer is quite at home delivering a highbrow pop tune with traces of reggae. "Somebody Got Lucky," which concerns a one-night stand, is a light and rather chipper offering that shows the strength of McCluskey's vocals. It's as if she's the perfect complement to Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch. The darker "Love Is Stronger Than Death" is a captivating and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
The former lead singer of the Wild Colonials -- who also lent her vocals to "Breathe," the pop hit from Télépopmusik and a Mitsubishi commercial -- returns with an album that brings to mind Macy Gray and Catatonia's Cerys Matthews. Beginning with a soulful and midtempo groove on "It's Been Done," the singer is quite at home delivering a highbrow pop tune with traces of reggae. "Somebody Got Lucky," which concerns a one-night stand, is a light and rather chipper offering that shows the strength of McCluskey's vocals. It's as if she's the perfect complement to Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch. The darker "Love Is Stronger Than Death" is a captivating and barren tune mindful of PJ Harvey's work with John Parish. But the song's intensity rises with each verse, reaching a crescendo that is quite striking. The first true radio-friendly pop nugget is the Southern-tinted "Know It All," with its Keith Richards-esque guitar touches -- subtle but all important. Another strong tune that has single material written all over it is the catchy and punchy "Perfect Girl Eleven." In other instances, it's her fine sultry aura that carries the old-school R&B oozing from "A Thousand Drunken Dreams." "Sleep On It" is possibly the album's sleeper pick, as it has McCluskey carrying it despite the needless string and orchestral textures. She continues to up the quality ante, though, as "Wrong Side" will induce goosebumps with her heartfelt, tender performance. The only downside to the record comes on the rather ordinary "Sucker." Fortunately, "Long Live I" more than atones for this with another stellar, polished downtrodden tune. If only the things we did were as spectacular as this body of work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2010
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724386464903
  • Catalog Number: 8646490

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Been Done (3:56)
  2. 2 Somebody Got Lucky (3:26)
  3. 3 Love Is Stronger Than Death (4:06)
  4. 4 Know It All (3:55)
  5. 5 A Thousand Drunken Dreams (4:01)
  6. 6 Sleep on It (3:20)
  7. 7 Perfect Girl Eleven (4:00)
  8. 8 Wrong Side (4:19)
  9. 9 Dirty Pearl (3:12)
  10. 10 Sucker (2:43)
  11. 11 This Night (4:40)
  12. 12 Long Live I (4:37)
  13. 13 Hidden Song (4:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Angela McCluskey Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jens Johansson Conga, Drums, Box
Julia Kent Strings
Bruce Martin Mellotron, Wurlitzer
Nathan Larson Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Sampling, Mellotron, Vibes, chamberlain, E-bow, Lap Steel Guitar, Wurlitzer, Optigan, Arp Strings, Prophet 5, Roland Synthesizer, Guitar (Baritone), Crumar
James MacDonald Accordion
Richard Fortus Guitar
Kevin March Percussion, Drums
Joan Wasser Strings
Paul Cantelon Piano, Violin
Bengt Lagerberg Drums
Per Sunding Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals, farfisa organ, spanish guitar
Dave Eggar Strings
Jason Moran Piano
Clayton Doley Piano, Hammond Organ
Maxim Moston Strings
Technical Credits
Matt Johnson Composer
Nathan Larson Arranger, Echoplex, Producer, Engineer, Contributor, drum programming
Tom Schick Engineer
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Per Sunding Engineer
Geoff Sanoff Engineer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Gordon H. Jee Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy it Now, and Then Her Next One

    I bought this CD cold, I just walked into Barnes and Nobles and started rooting around. I listened to the first song,The Things We Do, and bought it. Her voice is amazing, I have heard people compare her to Billie Holiday or Janice Joplin, but you really cannot compare her to anyone you have ever heard. I would have liked to hear some up tempo songs, just to hear the differnce in her voice, but it is beautiful just like it is. She is in a category all her own.

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