Warmer/Terraform

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like Collector's Choice's 2007 disc before it, Edsel's 2012 two-fer of Warmer and Terraform pairs Randy VanWarmer's first two albums for Bearsville, but this adds the bonus track "Stay Young." "Just When I Needed You Most," the single from Warmer and VanWarmer's only true hit, doesn't really represent Warmer well. It suggests that Randy VanWarmer is an unrepentant soft rock simp along the lines of Dan Hill, and while the singer/songwriter certainly isn't macho -- he frequently delves into soft, sweet ballads throughout this debut -- he is, unsurprisingly for somebody signed to Bearsville, cut from the Todd Rundgren cloth, containing a heavy power pop bent and a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like Collector's Choice's 2007 disc before it, Edsel's 2012 two-fer of Warmer and Terraform pairs Randy VanWarmer's first two albums for Bearsville, but this adds the bonus track "Stay Young." "Just When I Needed You Most," the single from Warmer and VanWarmer's only true hit, doesn't really represent Warmer well. It suggests that Randy VanWarmer is an unrepentant soft rock simp along the lines of Dan Hill, and while the singer/songwriter certainly isn't macho -- he frequently delves into soft, sweet ballads throughout this debut -- he is, unsurprisingly for somebody signed to Bearsville, cut from the Todd Rundgren cloth, containing a heavy power pop bent and a will for experimentation, elements that are just hinted at on Warmer, yet it's enough to make this a fairly compelling record. Apart from that sappily sad hit and its cousin "The One Who Loves You," the pop on is sprightly and even those moments of melancholy are exquisitely arranged. That attention to detail has a better showcase on propulsive numbers like "Gotta Get Out of Here" and "Forever Loving You," or the relaxed gait of "Deeper and Deeper," and those layered productions pointed the way toward what VanWarmer would do next. Instead of picking up the thread of "Just When I Needed You Most," Randy VanWarmer ran away from its sweet balladry on his nifty, neo-new wave sophomore set Terraform. He hints at sci-fi in the album's title and follows through on its promise with the mini-epic title track, a futuristic suite that gets seriously silly well before it reaches the midway mark on its ten-minute run time. The rest of Terraform looks toward the future in a very new wave way: it's bright, colorful, and cleanly lit, filled with gilded guitars and steely synths, and punctuated by handclaps along with the occasional hint of reggae. In other words, it's pretty much the opposite of whatever "Just When I Needed You Most" is, containing none of that ballad's soft rock solipsism: Terraform is punchy, propulsive, and imaginative, a weird little pop gem caught partway between AOR and new wave that deserves to be discovered.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2012
  • Label: Edsel Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155107130
  • Catalog Number: 5510713
  • Sales rank: 14,242

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy VanWarmer Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Tropea Guitar
John Sebastian Autoharp
Warren Bernhardt Keyboards
Brian Briggs Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Steve Gibson Guitar
Chris Thompson Background Vocals
Ralph Carney Horn
Mick Barakan Guitar
George Carnell Percussion
Johnny Christopher Guitar
Ray Cooper Percussion
Shane Keister Keyboards
Shane Fontayne Guitar
Artie Funaro Guitar
Mick Hodgkinson Keyboards
John Holbrook Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Ian Kimmet Percussion
Katie Kissoon Background Vocals
Stevie Lange Background Vocals
Tony Levin Bass
Kenny Malone Drums
Billy Mundi Percussion
Del Newman Conductor
Gary Osborne Background Vocals
Eric Parker Percussion, Drums
John Richardson Background Vocals
Jack Williams Bass
Mike Ruff Keyboards
Roger Powell electronic percussion
Steve Jordan Drums
Allan Williams Background Vocals
Roger Moss Background Vocals
Stan Saltzman Saxophone
Technical Credits
Randy VanWarmer Composer, Lyricist
Mick Barakan Composer
George Carnell Engineer
Richard Dodd Engineer
John Holbrook Composer, Producer, Engineer, Remixing, Additional Production
Ian Kimmet Composer, Producer, Additional Production
Scott Litt Engineer
Brent Maher Engineer
Paul Myers Liner Notes
Del Newman Producer, String Arrangements
Peter Rynston Mastering
Aaron Rapoport Design Photography
Tom Wilkes Creative Assistance
Desmond Strobel Art Direction
Barry Feinstein Art Direction
Stan Watts Paintings
Traditional Composer
Jools Williamson Packaging
Jess Hendrikson Engineer
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