Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing

by Alexis Taylor


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For the most part, Alexis Taylor's solo career has been just that -- Taylor making music largely on his own. That changes on Beautiful Thing, his first album to feature an outside producer. Working with Tim Goldsworthy, Taylor opens up his music, adding more color and depth without losing any of the intimacy and tenderness of his previous solo albums. "Dreaming Another Life" sets the intention for the rest of Beautiful Thing, with abstract electronics draped over a subtly insistent beat that only gets more danceable as the song unfolds. Goldsworthy helps Taylor incorporate electropop into his solo music without sounding too much like Hot Chip -- which is no small feat, since Taylor's voice is one of the band's most distinctive aspects. And, as it spans the '90s house-tinged title track, the percussion workout "Suspicious of Me," and the appealingly goofy pop of "Oh Baby," Beautiful Thing might even have more range than any of Taylor's albums with Hot Chip or on his own. It's certainly more fleshed-out than his previous solo album, Piano, which had lovely moments but was so stark that it sounded like it might evaporate before listeners' ears. This time, Taylor and Goldsworthy add some welcome texture and movement to introspective songs like "There's Nothing to Hide" and "Out of Time." As Beautiful Thing unfolds, Taylor returns to the witty ballads that dominated his previous solo albums, and as always, he finds ways to express intimacy that aren't diaristic on thoughtful, playful songs such as "Deep Cut" and "Roll on Blank Tapes." Kinetic and heartfelt, Beautiful Thing lives up to its name and delivers some of Taylor's finest solo music yet.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2018
Label: Domino
UPC: 0887828040322
catalogNumber: 80403
Rank: 253116

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Performance Credits

Alexis Taylor   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Piano,Vocals,Vibes,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass,Electronic Drums,Eventide,Pianoharp,Synthesizer Pads
John Coxon   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar
Tim Goldsworthy   Sampling,Synthesizer Piano
Joe Goddard   Analogue Synthesizer
Sarah Jones   Drums
Rob Smoughton   Drums
Terry Edwards   Muted Trumpet
Owen Clarke   Synthesizer
Doyle   Bass,Piano
Leo Taylor   Drums
Susumu Mukai   Bass,Ebo
Neil Hagerty   Guitar,Vocals
Emma Smith   Strings
Johnny Lam   Slide Guitar
Prudence Taylor   Vocals
Safonia   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Booth   Artwork
Bruno Ellingham   Engineer
Tim Goldsworthy   Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum machine,drum programming,Feedback,Analog Processing
Alexis Taylor   Composer,Engineer,drum machine,Vocal Samples,Analog Processing
Joe Goddard   Producer
Neil Hagerty   Engineer,Brass Arrangment,Choir Arrangement
Emma Smith   Engineer,String Arrangements
Shuta Shinoda   Engineer
Charles Ballas   Engineer

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