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What Was She Doing on the Shore That Night?

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
When Michael Johnson finally brought together a stable full-band lineup for his heretofore solo project Reclinerland, the singer/songwriter celebrated by changing the band name. What Was She Doing on the Shore That Night? is really a Reclinerland album under any other name, however, although it's considerably more fully realized in terms of its arrangements. From the opening title track, which sounds a bit like Belle & Sebastian at their most resolutely downbeat, the album skips from Anglophile style to style: the plainspoken cybersex love song "The Perfect Love" has a snarky '70s R&B feel that sounds like Edwyn Collins fronting the Divine Comedy, while the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
When Michael Johnson finally brought together a stable full-band lineup for his heretofore solo project Reclinerland, the singer/songwriter celebrated by changing the band name. What Was She Doing on the Shore That Night? is really a Reclinerland album under any other name, however, although it's considerably more fully realized in terms of its arrangements. From the opening title track, which sounds a bit like Belle & Sebastian at their most resolutely downbeat, the album skips from Anglophile style to style: the plainspoken cybersex love song "The Perfect Love" has a snarky '70s R&B feel that sounds like Edwyn Collins fronting the Divine Comedy, while the gloriously ironic "Break Into Song" has the symphonic sweep and bubblegummy melody of a classic Petula Clark side and "Danny Built His House All Spiral," among others, recalls the great jangly guitar U.K. indie bands of the post-Smiths '80s. Johnson's songs are unfailingly melodic, with prolix and often quite funny lyrics, but he rarely comes across as just another clever git. Fans of the Monochrome Set or John Southworth's quite similar take on sunshiny chamber pop will undoubtedly scarf this right up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • Label: Hush Records
  • UPC: 751937279426
  • Catalog Number: 59
  • Sales rank: 160,387

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Parks & Recreation Primary Artist
Larry Wright Cello
Jason Hughes Guitar
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson Guitar, Piano, Vocals, fender rhodes
Anthony Georgis Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums, Noise
Joe Ballman Bass, Tenor Saxophone, Toy Instruments
Amanda Lawrence Viola
Dan Evans Trombone
Technical Credits
Jason Hughes Composer
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson Orchestral Arrangements, Cover Layout
Adam Selzer Engineer
Anthony Georgis Composer, Cover Layout
Joe Ballman Composer, Orchestral Arrangements
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