Closer to the People

Closer to the People

by Tanita Tikaram


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Closer to the People

The inspiration behind Closer to the People was to get Tanita Tikaram closer to her road band: to record the singer/songwriter with a touring combo with serious blues and soul roots. Several of these players have done time with Van Morrison, a comparison that comes in handy for Closer to the People, not because her songs sound like Van's -- they don't -- but the record trades in jazz and soul influences while also spinning these familiar tropes into the realm of the personal. Tikaram specializes in sculpted, open-ended compositions -- even when the tempo quickens her songs seem to unfold gracefully -- and that means the hushed arrangements, underpinned by acoustic bass and brushed drums, seem like reflections of the song's soul. Such tasteful surroundings mean Closer to the People works well as a mood album -- the quiet, sophisticated veneer is sustained from beginning to end -- but the album is rewarding with closer attention, attention that reveals the details in both the arrangements and writing.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2016
Label: Earmusic
UPC: 4029759109129
catalogNumber: 210912
Rank: 125075

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tanita Tikaram   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Bobby Irwin   Drums
Martin Winning   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Vocals
Angie Pollack   Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals
Matt Radford   Vocals,Double Bass
Matt Holland   Trumpet
Laura Stanford   Strings
Amy Stanford   Strings
Mark Morgan   Percussion,Drums
Jessica Cox   Strings
Oliver Darling   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Eleanor Stanford   Strings
Francesca Ter-Berg   Cello
Bryan Day   Acoustic Guitar
Natacha Hornbostel   Vocals
Ralph Solmins   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Tanita Tikaram   Arranger,Composer
Mark Cresswell   Arranger,Composer
Goetz Botzenhardt   Producer,Engineer
Martin Winning   Composer
Paul Simm   drum programming
Angie Pollack   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Matt Radford   Composer
Leon Jean-Marie   drum programming
Bryan Day   Composer
Natacha Hornbostel   Composer

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