World, You Need a Change of Mind

World, You Need a Change of Mind

by Kindness
     
 

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On "Bombastic," a track near the end of his debut album World, You Need a Change of Mind, Kindness main man Adam Bainbridge spends a bit of time listing off his influences. He probably didn't need to because the sound and feel of his inspirations bleeds through almost every minute of the album. World is made up of DNA derived

Overview

On "Bombastic," a track near the end of his debut album World, You Need a Change of Mind, Kindness main man Adam Bainbridge spends a bit of time listing off his influences. He probably didn't need to because the sound and feel of his inspirations bleeds through almost every minute of the album. World is made up of DNA derived from (to name a few) the slinky disco of Larry Levan, the skittering funk of Prince, the weird bedroom pop of Todd Rundgren, the sophisticated groove of Nile Rodgers, and above all, the hedonistic grace of Arthur Russell. Working with legendary producer Philip Zdar (of Cassius), Bainbridge is able to skirt past charges of being an imitator by imbuing his idol worship with enough imagination and emotion to make World, You Need a Change of Mind into a sparkling hybrid of old and new dance music. The record includes previously released singles that sparked a lot of interest in the band -- hearing them again it's easy to see why. The subdued electro-pop cover of the Replacements' "Swingin' Party" is an inspired take that invests the original with a new layer of modern melancholy, "Gee Up" is a short blast of strutting, funky dance rock that Prince would surely recognize, and "Cyan" is pulsating neo-disco that would slot in well next to LCD Soundsystem on a mix. The rest of the album is just as impressive. Bainbridge is skilled at creating and sustaining moods over the course of a track; usually it's a kind of downbeat, driving-through-the-rainy-city-streets-at-night feeling that is well-served by his warm and heavily over-dubbed vocals. Occasionally, as on the smile-inducing "That's Alright," or the sweet cover of Anita Dobson's "Anyone Can Fall in Love" (the theme to East Enders, of all things), he aims for something a little lighter, but mostly it's a downer dance party he's throwing here. A really good downer dance party! Thanks to Zdar's sure-handed co-production, Bainbridge's skills at synthesizing the past and present, and a batch of songs that really stick to you after a couple listens, World, You Need a Change of Mind ends up being a very pleasing, very interesting record.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2012
Label:
Casablanca
UPC:
0602527928227
catalogNumber:
001679102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kindness   Primary Artist
Gladys Gambie   Vocals
Philippe Zdar   Percussion,Drums
Petit Dejeuner   Guitar
Elisabeth Wood   Vocals
Laurent Bardainne   Saxophone
James Cerboneschi   Noise
Adam Bainbridge   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Pianette
Dimanche Mardi   Bass
Bastien Vandevelde   Drums
Anne Cranberry   Vocals

Technical Credits

Russ Ballard   Composer
Paul Westerberg   Composer
James Avery   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Terry Lewis   Composer
Simon May   Composer
Robert Reed   Composer
Taylor Reed   Composer
James Harris   Composer
Philippe Zdar   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Tony Fisher   Composer
Erol Alkan   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Leslie Osborne   Composer
Jim Martin   Management
Andre Kelman   Engineer
Adam Bainbridge   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Sleeve Design,Sleeve Photo
Robin Bell   Prints

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