Ancient Heart

Ancient Heart

by Tanita Tikaram


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Ancient Heart

Singer/songwriter Tanita Tikaram's debut album, Ancient Heart, stands as one of the most underappreciated albums of the 1980s, and she, along with Tracy Chapman, preceded the 1990s' onslaught of female singer/songwriters by almost a decade. Tikaram, who was only 19 when this album was released, created a melancholy and wistful work, mature beyond her years, of startling originality and honesty. While this album may be considered folkish and artsy, it never stoops to the clichés that dominated those styles of music in the later Lilith Fair years. Her near perfect signature song "Twist in My Sobriety" is a stark, sinuous, desperate torch song that managed to garner a bit of radio and video airplay in its day and sounded like nothing else then or since. Other highlights include the lovely and more upbeat "Cathedral Song," "World Outside Your Window," and "Good Tradition," as well as the jazzy "For All the Years" and the haunting "I Love You" and "Valentine Heart" -- the latter being one of the album's true highlights. Ancient Heart is a smoky, world-weary album, that, years after its initial release, does not sound one bit dated and has effortlessly stood the test of time. The definite highlight of Tanita Tikaram's career.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0075992583923
catalogNumber: 25839
Rank: 7057

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tanita Tikaram   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Mark Isham   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Paul Brady   Mandolin
David Lindley   Violin
Mo Foster   Fretless Bass Guitar
Marc Ribot   Guitar,Horn
Rod Argent   Keyboards
Brendan Croker   Guitar
Pete Beachill   Trombone
Mitch Dalton   Guitar
Martin Ditcham   Percussion
John Georgiadis   Violin
Keith Harvey   Cello
Noel Langley   Trumpet
Malcolm Messiter   Oboe
Helen O'Hara   Violin
Brendon O'Reilly   Violin
Philip Todd   Saxophone
Peter Van Hooke   Drums
Clem Clempson   Guitar
Mark Creswell   Guitar
Ian Jewell   Viola
Rory McFarlane   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Tanita Tikaram   Arranger,Composer
Rod Argent   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Simon Hurrell   Engineer
Peter Van Hooke   Arranger,Producer

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