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Whiplash
     

Whiplash

by James
 

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Working with ambient-rock demigod Brian Eno can have an effect on a dearly innovative British studio team, as it has on James with two previous ear-boggling efforts, both with Father Eno at the helm. Whiplash, James' seventh album in several busy but broken years, still resounds with ambient Eno aesthetics, where even signature silences

Overview

Working with ambient-rock demigod Brian Eno can have an effect on a dearly innovative British studio team, as it has on James with two previous ear-boggling efforts, both with Father Eno at the helm. Whiplash, James' seventh album in several busy but broken years, still resounds with ambient Eno aesthetics, where even signature silences mark time in terms of sound. Old hand at synthetic pop and psonicadelia, Stephen Hague keeps the Eno wave alive with spacy zen minutes on the synth in "Watering Hole," as well as strange house dance gyrations on "Greenpeace," a happy, creaky piece. It's argued that Tim Booth sounds too much like Al Stewart but 1) Al Stewart sounds great, so? and, 2) no he doesn't really, but the energy-factor point is well taken. "Tomorrow" would be a great song sung by, say, Eddie Vedder or James Brown, but great vocal energy is a curious element to blend here among these complex quicksilver musicsmiths. One of the better vocally-driven tunes is probably the sardonic, techno-silly "Go to the Bank," which winds up being the weirdest cut on another adventurous outing for James.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/1997
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731453435445
catalogNumber:
534354

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Performance Credits

James   Primary Artist
Andy Duncan   Percussion
Brian Eno   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Stephen Hague   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Audrey Riley   Strings

Technical Credits

Tim Booth   Composer
Jim Glennie   Composer
Larry Gott   Composer
Stephen Hague   Producer
Mark Hunter   Composer,Engineer
Richard Norris   Engineer
Sam Hardaker   Engineer
Saul Davies   Composer,String Arrangements
Steve Williams   Engineer
David Baynton-Power   Composer,Engineer
James Brown   Engineer

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