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Wallpaper for the Soul
     

Wallpaper for the Soul

by Tahiti 80
 
"In my heart there is plenty of room," sings Xavier Boyer in "Wallpaper for the Soul," "for everyone to kill the gloom." This could be a mission statement for the band's breezy, clean, melodic pop
ock stylings. Despite the album's title, Boyer's fey, breathy vocals don't have enough passion or grit to qualify as truly soulful; the band's sound, which is often

Overview

"In my heart there is plenty of room," sings Xavier Boyer in "Wallpaper for the Soul," "for everyone to kill the gloom." This could be a mission statement for the band's breezy, clean, melodic pop
ock stylings. Despite the album's title, Boyer's fey, breathy vocals don't have enough passion or grit to qualify as truly soulful; the band's sound, which is often sweetened by strings, is lightweight and refined instead of earthy, sensual, or intense. The music is still appealing, however, even though it sometimes threatens to recede into the background just like wallpaper. More fully realized and bolstered with a stronger song selection than its predecessor, Wallpaper for the Soul is a well-crafted collection of infectious tunes that won't necessarily stick with you for years to come, but should be quite enjoyable while you're listening. As an additional point of interest, it should be noted that arranger Richard Hawson (the Beatles, Nick Drake, the first James Taylor album) worked with the band on five of this album's songs.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2002
Label:
Minty Fresh
UPC:
0796627004629
catalogNumber:
70046

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tahiti 80   Primary Artist
Richard Hewson   Conductor
Bob Hoffnar   Pedal Steel Guitar
Andy Chase   Background Vocals,Human Beatbox
Xavier Boyer   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Bells,Noise,Mellotron,Vibes,Synthesizer Voices,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Pedro Resende   Bass,Percussion,Tambourine,Noise,Loops,Synthesizer Bass,Drum Loop,Siren,Casio,Delay
Sylvain Marchand   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Mellotron,Synthesizer Bass,Juno
Mederic Gontier   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Soloist,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Urban Soul Orchestra   Flute,Strings,Horn,French Horn

Technical Credits

Richard Hewson   Arranger
Stephen Hussey   Orchestra Leader
Adam Brown   Engineer
Andy Chase   Producer,Engineer
Geoff Sanoff   Engineer
Tahiti 80   Producer
Pedro Resende   Programming,Engineer
Pascal Dauzier   Executive Producer
Elisabeth Arkhipoff   Artwork
Laurent Fétis   Art Direction

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