Trip the Light Fantastic [UK Bonus Tracks]

Trip the Light Fantastic [UK Bonus Tracks]

by Sophie Ellis-Bextor
     
 

A welcome return from one of the most sophisticated and distinctive voices in British dance-pop, Trip The Light Fantastic is easily Sophie Ellis-Bextor's most dynamic album to date. Markedly more consistent than its enjoyable-but-spotty predecessors, but also -- more importantly -- far more gutsy, varied and vital, its many strong points are the most excitingSee more details below

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A welcome return from one of the most sophisticated and distinctive voices in British dance-pop, Trip The Light Fantastic is easily Sophie Ellis-Bextor's most dynamic album to date. Markedly more consistent than its enjoyable-but-spotty predecessors, but also -- more importantly -- far more gutsy, varied and vital, its many strong points are the most exciting of her career. It had been four years since her previous album -- a considerable span in pop terms -- but Ellis-Bextor's music has always hearkened to smartly classicist, new wave-informed synth-disco, even in the days when the Pet Shop Boys were practically the sole remaining practitioners of the style, so it didn't require much alteration for her to sound right in step with eighties-resuscitation that was in full swing by 2007. Even so, she sounds dramatically reinvigorated here, with a notable infusion of rock guitars and often a forceful, even menacing, electro edge to the productions, both evident right out the gate in the strident, barnstorming first single "Catch You." The highlights follow fast and furious: the immaculate disco glide of "Me and My Imagination" (whose canny lyrics advise an overeager suitor to play harder to get), the robotic, strobing "New York City Lights," the Xenomania-esque, Emma Goldman-quoting stomp of "If I Can't Dance" (the actual Xenomania contribution, "If You Go," is nearly as good), and the lovely pop ballad "Today the Sun's on Us," Ellis-Bextor's entrant in the late-2000s "Time After Time"-homage sweepstakes. Amazingly, despite that practically flawless opening sequence, the latter half of the album is nearly as strong, boasting the bouncy, fun-loving pop of "Love Is Here" and the twitchy electro of "China Heart," while the brashly optimistic disco-schmaltz apotheosis "Only One" stands as the album's most triumphantly over the top, life-affirming moment. In a banner year for British, female-fronted electronic chart pop, which saw excellent albums by Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Róisín Murphy, Siobhan Donaghy, Tracey Thorn, and Kylie Minogue, among others, Ellis-Bextor more than held her own with a classy, romantic, and, above all, tremendously enjoyable record that stands as a shining example of the state of the art. [Polydor's 2007 U.K. edition included two bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2007
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0602517050860
catalogNumber:
1705086

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sophie Ellis-Bextor   Primary Artist
Nick Coler   Guitar
Greg Kurstin   Musician
Guy Pratt   Bass
Matt Rowe   Keyboards
Pascal Gabriel   Musician
Brian Higgins   Keyboards
Tim Powell   Keyboards
Liam Howe   Musician
Damon "Day" Wilson   Drums
Dimitri Tikovoi   Musician
Pete Wareham   Saxophone
Tim VanDerKuil   Guitar
Hannah Robinson   Background Vocals
Dan Gillespie Sells   Guitar
Jane Best   Conductor

Technical Credits

Cathy Dennis   Vocal Producer
Greg Kurstin   Programming,Producer
Richard Nelson   String Contractor
Steve Robson   Vocal Producer
Matt Rowe   Programming,Producer
Dick Beetham   Mastering
Pascal Gabriel   Producer
Jeremy Wheatley   Producer
Niall Acott   Engineer
Brian Higgins   Programming,Producer
Brio Taliaferro   Programming,Producer
Rik Simpson   Engineer
Tim Powell   Programming
Liam Howe   Producer
Matt Jackson   Producer
Sophie Ellis-Bextor   Composer
Dimitri Tikovoi   Composer,Programming,Producer
Dario Dendi   Engineer
Jane Best   String Arrangements,String Writing
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Producer

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