Wake

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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Righteous lyrics, strong pop hooks, polished studio technique, and impassioned vocals -- that's four for four, a winning percentage in anyone's game. For Sheila Nicholls these elements conspire to turn Wake into a winner. While her sermonizing can border on cliché "Love is what we came here for" or get a little annoying "Do you have purpose, or are you just paying off mortgage?", there's no denying the conviction that she pours into it or the creativity with which she packages her thoughts. On "Maze," for instance, she follows a familiar theme of hers -- fear of growing up and out of innocence -- through, appropriately, a series of enigmatic chord changes, with ...
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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Righteous lyrics, strong pop hooks, polished studio technique, and impassioned vocals -- that's four for four, a winning percentage in anyone's game. For Sheila Nicholls these elements conspire to turn Wake into a winner. While her sermonizing can border on cliché "Love is what we came here for" or get a little annoying "Do you have purpose, or are you just paying off mortgage?", there's no denying the conviction that she pours into it or the creativity with which she packages her thoughts. On "Maze," for instance, she follows a familiar theme of hers -- fear of growing up and out of innocence -- through, appropriately, a series of enigmatic chord changes, with textures ballooning from intimate piano up to orchestral episodes. Another excoriation of post-teenage realities, "Seven Fat Englishmen" is presented with such an intriguing blend of dissonant acoustic guitar and chamber strings that if there were a gin-swilling fat Englishman sawing away in this group, he'd probably still enjoy the gig. As if that weren't enough to distinguish these performances, Nicholls throws a couple of curves designed to catch the napping listener by surprise: a single, full-voiced salsa piano chord spins "Ruby" into a completely unexpected direction, down to Latin rhythmic references that otherwise would have seemed out of place. Frankly, there isn't a weak track on Wake. By irritating and inspiring in equal measure, they more than prove their merit.
L.A. Weekly - Michael Simmons
Risky pop with a high lyrical IQ.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616224026
  • Catalog Number: 162240

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 How Strong
  2. 2 Bread and Water
  3. 3 Faith
  4. 4 Love Song
  5. 5 Maze
  6. 6 Ruby
  7. 7 Moth and Streetlight
  8. 8 Seven Fat Englishmen
  9. 9 Won't Get Lost In You
  10. 10 Come To Me
  11. 11 Breath
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sheila Nicholls Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, fender rhodes
Glen Ballard Guitar, Keyboards
Richard Barbieri Synthesizer
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Carole Castillo Viola
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Stephen Erdody Celli
John Giblin Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Nick Harper Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Gavin Harrison Percussion, Tabla
Jerry Hey Conductor
Jakko M. Jakszyk Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Duduk
Helen Kamminga Viola
Roland Kato Viola
Brian Kilgore Percussion
Caroline LaVelle Cello
Michael Landau Guitar
Dean Parks Mandolin
Katia Popov Violin
Tina Soule Cello, Celli
Cecilia Tsan Cello, Celli
Josefina Vergara Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
John Scanlon Viola
Al Jackson Jr. DJ
Cameron Stone Cello
Danny Thompson Double Bass
Natalie Leggett Violin
Mike Elizondo Bass
Timothy Landauer Cello, Celli
Alfred Ortiz Percussion
Darrin McCann Viola
Walter Miranda Piano
Justin "El Niño" Porée Percussion
Girish Gambhira Tabla
Jacqueline Norrie Violin
Brian G. Wright Violin
Rebecca Yeh Cello
Marc Sazer Violin
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Ralph Morrison III Concert Master
Brian Macleod Drums
Technical Credits
Glen Ballard Arranger, Programming, Producer
Scott Campbell Engineer
Jez Colin Programming, Producer, Engineer
Brian Gardner Mastering
James Harrah Producer
Gavin Harrison Engineer
Jerry Hey Arranger, String Arrangements
Jakko M. Jakszyk Arranger, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Brian Reeves Engineer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Orion Crawford Chart Preparation
Amy Guip Collage
Sheila Nicholls Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Indie-Connections Review of Wake

    Every now and then an artist comes along with a style and sound that are completely their own, and a voice that demands to be heard. When listening to Sheila Nicholls and her newly released sophomore album, ¿Wake¿, you realize that there is something special about her and the music she is creating that commands your attention. The first single from ¿Wake¿ is ¿Faith¿, a beautiful, heartfelt song with an infectious hook that has her singing ¿the last thing that breaks is your faith¿. ¿Faith¿ offers a powerful message of hope and trust in that which may be difficult to understand. ¿Bread and Water¿ is another terrific song off the album, it allows you to glimpse into the heartache of someone who is both strong and delicate, with a fragility that allows you to feel the emotion of being without someone you truly miss. Other poignant songs include the moody ¿How Strong¿, the manic ¿Ruby¿ and the humorous ¿Seven Fat Englishmen¿ which includes the line ¿And as the Spice Girls prostitute girl power in the background¿. Sheila¿s ability to paint a picture with her lyrics and piano playing highlight her remarkable voice. Sheila is from Essex, England and has her own record label, Essexgirl Records, as well as being signed to Hollywood Records. Her song, ¿Fallen For You¿, was featured on the soundtrack to the movie ¿High Fidelity¿. Sheila Nicholls seems destined to become a name that is soon to be on everyone¿s mind, it is hard to listen to her and not be touched. ¿Wake¿ is a powerful, atmospheric album that ebbs and flows beautifully through different moods and feelings, leaving you emotionally spent.

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