Transatlantic Ping Pong

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397438320
  • Catalog Number: 974383

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Untouchable (4:12)
  2. 2 Lost in Space (3:55)
  3. 3 Neptune (3:59)
  4. 4 Hostage (3:33)
  5. 5 Hot Shaved Asian Teens (3:58)
  6. 6 Ray & Me (4:49)
  7. 7 Reinventing the Wheel (3:37)
  8. 8 Domestic Distortion (4:21)
  9. 9 The Genitalia of a Fool (3:45)
  10. 10 Where I Can Be Your Friend (3:15)
  11. 11 There for Her (3:31)
  12. 12 One for the Road (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Glenn Tilbrook Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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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