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Wallpaper for the Soul

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All Music Guide - Todd Kristel
"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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Todd Kristel
"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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Minty Fresh
  • UPC: 796627004629
  • Catalog Number: 70046
  • Sales rank: 72,758

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wallpaper for the Soul (3:50)
  2. 2 1,000 Times (3:49)
  3. 3 Separate Ways (3:46)
  4. 4 Get Yourself Together (3:31)
  5. 5 The Other Side (4:41)
  6. 6 Happy End (4:28)
  7. 7 Fun Fair (4:27)
  8. 8 Soul Deep (3:23)
  9. 9 Open Book (3:49)
  10. 10 The Train (3:02)
  11. 11 Don't Look Below (3:33)
  12. 12 Memories of the Past (4:33)
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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, Guitar, 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, 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
Scott Hull Mastering
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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