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Transatlantic Ping Pong
     

Transatlantic Ping Pong

by Glenn Tilbrook
 
Splitting from longtime songwriting co-partner and musical partner in crime Chris Difford rejuvenated Glenn Tilbrook, leading to a good solo debut in 2001 with The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook and a subsequent never-ending tour that found the former Squeeze frontman playing seemingly anywhere and everywhere

Overview

Splitting from longtime songwriting co-partner and musical partner in crime Chris Difford rejuvenated Glenn Tilbrook, leading to a good solo debut in 2001 with The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook and a subsequent never-ending tour that found the former Squeeze frontman playing seemingly anywhere and everywhere for a good three years. This constant activity pays off on 2004's Transatlantic Ping Pong, his second solo album and his best record in a long, long time. Simultaneously looser and more focused than Incomplete, Transatlantic finds Tilbrook returning to the hooky, direct power pop of the best Squeeze albums, but instead of sounding like a retread or a last grasp for glory, he sounds comfortable, as if he knows this is the sound that suits him best. Most important, it sounds like he's having fun, and that's the sentiment that rules the album. It's not just that the music is bright and catchy, the sound of a top pop tunesmith working at full strength; it's that the songs themselves are often larks. A few songs explore some regret over the past -- most notably on "Hostage," where he meets up with a former lover/partner, and "Domestic Distortion," where he comes to grips with his adult child -- but they're surrounded by songs filled with jokes. While some of those display the trademark dry wit of Squeeze, more often than not these are dirty, filthy jokes, like rewriting a country standard for "The Genitalia of a Fool" and turning on a disco beat for "Hot Shaved Asian Teens," which may not be any more vulgar than a typical spam e-mail, but certainly is a bit of a shock coming from Tilbrook. But that kind of boozy, good-time humor is evident not just in the words, but the raucous, full-bodied performances that make Transatlantic Ping Pong a joy on the sheer sonic level. Plus, those off-color jokes are tempered by the fine craftsmanship of songs like "Untouchable" and the bittersweet "Ray & Me," both of which are bolstered by the lively performances and recording, and the whole thing winds up as his most likable and alive record in quite some time.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397438320
catalogNumber:
974383

Tracks

  1. Untouchable
  2. Lost in Space
  3. Neptune
  4. Hostage
  5. Hot Shaved Asian Teens
  6. Ray & Me
  7. Reinventing the Wheel
  8. Domestic Distortion
  9. The Genitalia of a Fool
  10. Where I Can Be Your Friend
  11. There for Her
  12. One for the Road

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glenn Tilbrook   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Moog Bass
Bill Lloyd   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Chris Braide   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kim Davis   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Silver Hanson   Drums
Nick Harper   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Lee Warren   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bill Davis   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Webb   Organ,Piano,Glockenspiel,Background Vocals,Optigan
Lucy Shaw   Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Andrea Britton   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Stephen Large   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord,Electric Piano,Toy Piano
Louis Tilbrook   Vocal Harmony
Ted Tilbrook   Tambourine
Simon Hanson   Drums
Kyle Melancon   Drums

Technical Credits

Cornell Hurd   Composer
Chris Braide   Composer,Producer
Chris Difford   Composer
Glenn Tilbrook   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Paul Skelton   Composer
Steve Poltz   Composer
Steve Stewart   Engineer
Settly   Engineer
Blackie White   Composer
Ben Jones   Composer
Justin Trevino   Composer
Lij   Engineer
Jason M. Villanueva   Artwork

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