by Cerys Matthews


On her solo debut, former Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews has largely left behind the brash Brit-pop that she cut her teeth on, replacing that somewhat dated sound with a more timeless one, rooted in folk and country-rock. Aside from a smart cover of the Handsome Family's "Weightless Again," the tenor of Cockahoop isn't exactly twangy; it's more akin to the burnished rusticity of Norah Jones's Feels Like Home. That's particularly true on agreeably soft-focus ballads like "All My Trials" and the poignant "Chardonnay." Matthews's voice, often likened to Marianne Faithfull's smoky rasp, still retains some of its rougher edges, as evidenced by the closing-time paean "If You're Lookin' for Love" and the earthy Welsh-language allegory "Arglwydd Dyma Fi." But thanks in part to the steel guitar playing of longtime Dylan sideman Bucky Baxter (who also produced the disc) and in part to her own willingness to let down her guard, Matthews succeeds in sounding both strong and vulnerable -- and that's the strength of Cockahoop.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Rough Trade Us
UPC: 0021823004723
catalogNumber: 30047

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cerys Matthews   Primary Artist
Lloyd Green   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Troy Johnson   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion,Marimbas,Vibes
Bucky Baxter   Fiddle,Electric Guitar,Horn,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Vibes
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Bazouki,national steel guitar,Banjo-ukelele,Hi String,Guitar (Baritone)
Ken Coomer   Drums
Steven Herrman   Trumpet
Jim Hoke   Banjo,Clarinet,Harmonica,Autoharp,Bass Clarinet,Bass Flute,Horn,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Calimba,Pump Organ,Animal Sounds,Bass Harmonica,Bass Harp
Byron House   Bass
Leslie Norton   French Horn
Johnny O'Brien   Organ
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Bobby G. Taylor   Oboe
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Violin,Cello,Viola,Mandocello,Bandolin
Carlton Crutcher   Vocal Harmony
Dawn Hartley   Bassoon
Shianne Ragsdale   Background Vocals
Ketch Secor   Banjo
Bobby Taylor   Oboe

Technical Credits

Joe Strummer   Composer
Roger Cook   Composer
Bucky Baxter   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Wind Arrangements
Chad Brown   Engineer
Jim Hoke   Horn Arrangements,Wind Arrangements
Johnny O'Brien   Executive Producer
Hugh Cornwell   Composer
Antony Genn   Composer
Brett Sparks   Composer
Rennie Sparks   Composer
Martin Slattery   Composer
Cerys Matthews   Arranger,Composer
Greg Fogie   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Fred Ball   Composer
Ketch Secor   Composer

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