The Ups and Downs [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Aaron Badgley
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"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Badgley
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: 12/9/2008
  • Label: Cherry Pop
  • EAN: 5013929421127
  • Catalog Number: 11
  • Sales rank: 81,737

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kiss Me (3:32)
  2. 2 She Makes Me Quiver (4:13)
  3. 3 A Masterpiece (5:33)
  4. 4 But Is It Art? (3:45)
  5. 5 Wednesday Jones (Dixie) (3:52)
  6. 6 Icing on the Cake (5:13)
  7. 7 The Darkest Blues (3:18)
  8. 8 Be There (4:16)
  9. 9 Believe in Me (3:34)
  10. 10 The World at Large Alone (3:44)
  11. 11 Kiss Me (6:07)
  12. 12 Holes in My Shoes (3:54)
  13. 13 Loves Duet (5:04)
  14. 14 Baby Impossible (3:11)
  15. 15 In This Twilight (8:15)
  16. 16 Little Lost Boy (2:53)
  17. 17 Broken Home (2:52)
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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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