Ups and Downs [Bonus Tracks]

Ups and Downs [Bonus Tracks]

by Stephen Duffy
     
 

This is a brilliant debut album. Dropping the name Tin Tin (due to the threat of a law suit from the publishers of the Tin Tin comics), Stephen Duffy emerged with this stunning album. It's chock-full of strong pop melodies, love-found-and-lost lyrics, and Duffy's sweet vocals. The album was assembled over a period of time using a variety of coSee more details below

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This is a brilliant debut album. Dropping the name Tin Tin (due to the threat of a law suit from the publishers of the Tin Tin comics), Stephen Duffy emerged with this stunning album. It's chock-full of strong pop melodies, love-found-and-lost lyrics, and Duffy's sweet vocals. The album was assembled over a period of time using a variety of co-producers (Stephen Street and Art of Noise's J.J. Jeczalik), but it all comes together, as the subtitle states, as "A Very Beautiful Collection." The hit "Kiss Me" is re-recorded here and actually sounds better than the original single version -- noisier, but more interesting. "Icing on the Cake" and the enchanting "She Makes Me Quiver" are other highlights that demonstrate Duffy's ability to use clever lyrics without sounding smug. Although the album sounds somewhat dated ('80s dance music with the heavy production), it holds together well due to the strong playing and the mixture of conventional instruments (e.g., piano and vocals) with keyboards/synths. It works. Duffy has studied '60s pop and quite simply updated the sound, but he knew enough to include his own style and sounds. Overall, a very strong album that comes highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2008
Label:
Cherry Pop
UPC:
5013929421127
catalogNumber:
11

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Duffy   Primary Artist,Musician
Toni Childs   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tinker Barfield   Bass
Jane Eugene   Background Vocals
David Levy   Bass
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Guy Pratt   Bass
Andy Richards   Keyboards
Danny Schogger   Keyboards
Howard Hughes   Piano
Roger Freeman   Trombone

Technical Credits

Stephen Duffy   Composer,Producer
Nicky Holland   String Arrangements
Johnathon J. Jeczalik   Producer
Booker T. Jones   Composer,Producer
Mike Pela   Producer
Stephen Street   Producer
Valerie Wickes   Cover Design
Teri Reed   Engineer
Alan Wilson   Mastering

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