Cigarettes & Housework

Cigarettes & Housework

by Rachel Fuller

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The ranks of piano-based pop singers have swelled in recent years, and Rachel Fuller's debut adds another compelling voice to that list. Fans of Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, and Paula Cole would do well to check out Cigarettes & Housework, the first pop recording from the classically trained singer-songwriter. (Fuller was behind the arrangements on Pete Townshend's ambitious Lifehouse project, and he returns the favor here by playing acoustic and electric guitar throughout.) Dissecting relationships with a poet's eye, Fuller turns out songs such as the angsty "Into My Heart," an ode to unrequited love, and the winsome ballad "Eat Me," a meditation on fatal attraction that draws metaphors from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Her training is mainly in service to welcoming pop songs, such as the delirious "Spin" and the more typically subdued "Happy to Be Sad," about a lover still dwelling on a past relationship. Throughout, Fuller's sparklingly clear voice shines like a ray of spring sunlight, though it takes on a vaguely bluesy lilt on the disc-closing "In the Mirror," which suggests the passion and melodic sensibility of Stevie Nicks. Naturally, Fuller orchestrated her own arrangements here, but she makes the most use of her background on the aptly titled instrumental "Lament," a spare, cello-led song that surely paves a path for her as a film scorer. But for now, count Cigarettes & Housework as a welcome addition to the thinking-woman's pop-singer pantheon.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2004
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0602498631126
catalogNumber: 000305502
Rank: 251562

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rachel Fuller   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Pete Townshend   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Simon Townshend   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Brzezicki   Percussion,Drums
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Pino Palladino   Bass
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Stuart Ross   Bass
Josh Phillips   Keyboards
Liam Bates   Conductor
Jolyon Dixon   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Pascal Glaville   Chapman Stick
Jodie Hawkes   Percussion,Drums
Sally Heath   Piano
London Chamber Orchestra   Strings
Jonathan Williams   Cello,Soloist

Technical Credits

Keith Grant   Engineer
Pete Lewis   Engineer
Joe Youle   Composer
Rachel Fuller   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Myles Clarke   Engineer
Terry McGough   Art Direction

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