Voice of Love

The Voice of Love

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by Julee Cruise
     
 
On her follow-up, Julee Cruise once again worked with David Lynch as lyricist (and percussionist!) and Angelo Badalamenti as musical creator, with results that on the one hand continue Floating into the Night with little variation, and on the other introduce just enough difference into the brew. Ultimately Voice of Love is a continuation more than

Overview

On her follow-up, Julee Cruise once again worked with David Lynch as lyricist (and percussionist!) and Angelo Badalamenti as musical creator, with results that on the one hand continue Floating into the Night with little variation, and on the other introduce just enough difference into the brew. Ultimately Voice of Love is a continuation more than anything else -- though who loved Floating will adore this; those who hated it could easily avoid this, and so forth. As a sequel, though, it's still good enough stuff. Like Floating, Voice is, to an extent, a semi-soundtrack for Lynch's work: the queasy jazz-noir drones of "Up in Flames" appeared on his Industrial Symphony #1 project, while the soft shimmer "Questions in a World of Blue" cropped up on the Twin Peaks movie score. Interestingly, her Elvis cover for Until the End of the World, "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears," isn't here, but an interesting combination of drone and steady, semi-industrial beats titled after the movie is. Voice of Love stands alone just fine, though, another mysterious, dreamy float through a hazy post-'50s/post-punk mood zone. Nothing on the album is as instantly strong and memorable as "Falling," making it more a collection to be appreciated as a whole instead of in parts. Certainly a lot of the music sounds like "Falling" or other first-album highlights; given that Badalamenti shows variety in his other work, likely enough it's a decision on his part to maintain a certain mood with Cruise. If anything, the change would be in the drumming, which is often a little more upfront and pulsing (if still gentle enough) than on Floating. "Movin' in on You" is a lovely example of Cruise's work on both lead and overdubbed harmony vocals, hitting the light shoo-be-doo-wop feel of songs like "The Nightingale" well, while the neat strut and swing of "Kool Kat Walk" is just plain fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/1993
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624539025
catalogNumber:
45390

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julee Cruise   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Grady Tate   Drums
Angelo Badalamenti   Piano,Keyboards
Gerry Brown   Drums
Vincent Bell   Electric Guitar
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Nick Kirgo   Guitar
Kinny Landrum   Keyboards
Sammy Merendino   Drums
Tom Ranier   Keyboards
Albert Regni   Tenor Saxophone
Buster Williams   Acoustic Bass
Jim Hynes   Trumpet
David Lynch   Percussion

Technical Credits

Angelo Badalamenti   Producer
Vincent Bell   Contributor
John Karpowich   Engineer
David Lynch   Producer
Art Pohlemus   Engineer

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The Voice of Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Julee Cruise's first solo album was an excellent companion piece to the ''Twin Peaks'' soundtrack, but this follow-up effort received little attention and almost seems like an afterthought. The songs are decent enough, and fans who want more of the ''Twin Peaks'' sound won't be disappointed; the formula for these tracks is pretty much the same. Angelo Badalamenti's lush arrangements flow dreamlike under her angel's breath vocals, echoing the mood of many of David Lynch's films. In fact, versions of ''Kool Kat Walk'' and ''Up In Flames'' appeared on the ''Wild At Heart'' soundtrack, while ''Questions In A World Of Blue'' and the title track were both included on the ''Fire Walk With Me'' soundtrack from the year before. ''She Would Die For Love'' revisits the ''Theme From Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me,'' only this time with vocals. Lynch also sculpted the clay head on the cover of this CD (check out the documentary ''Pretty As A Picture'' for the full story behind it). Sadly, Cruise's activity has dwindled in the years since the famed TV series ended, but this disc provides some of the last musical snapshots of that period.