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Kiss the Lips of Life
     

Kiss the Lips of Life

by Brilliant
 
As first envisioned, Brilliant was a promising act: a more soulful take on the aggressive funk-rock of Killing Joke, led by ex-Joke bassist Youth. But after being signed to a major label (WEA) and getting the star treatment, which included being matched with the ultra-slick production team of Stock, Aitken & Waterman, Brilliant came up with a generic pop-dance album

Overview

As first envisioned, Brilliant was a promising act: a more soulful take on the aggressive funk-rock of Killing Joke, led by ex-Joke bassist Youth. But after being signed to a major label (WEA) and getting the star treatment, which included being matched with the ultra-slick production team of Stock, Aitken & Waterman, Brilliant came up with a generic pop-dance album that fell well short of the original concept. What aggression there is comes courtesy of Jimmy Cauty's metallic guitar solos; the sterile synth whitewash of SAW dominates the rest of the mix, and vocalist June Montana isn't strong or distinctive enough to fight through it. There are certainly entertaining moments -- the jazzy reggae remake of James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" is a nice idea, livened up by Annie Whitehead's trombone solo, while dance tracks like "Somebody" and the title cut pack enough punch to suggest how much better the album would have been with more organic production. But "How High the Sun" and "Love Is War," the two tracks co-written with Stock, Aitken & Waterman, find Brilliant buried under the soulless SAW disco beat that would soon dominate the British charts, albeit via other performers. And the album closes with a synthed-up cover of the old chestnut "The End of the World," which is less bad than puzzling. Kiss the Lips of Life remains a historical curiosity, thanks to the future work of Cauty (KLF, the Orb) and Youth (who'd go on to make a house album with none other than Paul McCartney). It's just too bad there's not more to show for the group's less-than-brilliant career.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/2009
Label:
Wounded Bird Records
UPC:
0664140166028
catalogNumber:
1660

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Performance Credits

Brilliant   Primary Artist
Garry Hughes   Keyboards
Princess   Background Vocals
Henry Lowther   Trumpet
Youth   Bass,Keyboards
Shirley Lewis   Background Vocals
Jimmy Cauty   Guitar,Keyboards
Martin La Salles   Keyboards
Sandra E. Lawrence   Bass,Background Vocals
Dee Lewis   Background Vocals
June Montana   Vocals
Pepsi   Background Vocals
Helena Spriggs   Background Vocals
Andy Stennett   Keyboards
Annie Whitehead   Trombone
Gary Hughes   Keyboards
June Montana   Vocals

Technical Credits

Montana   Composer
Brilliant   Producer,Remixing
Chris Lord-Alge   Remixing
Stuart Breed   Engineer
George Chambers   Engineer
Phil Harding   Engineer
George Waldron   Engineer
Rob Waldron   Engineer
Aitken   Composer,Producer
J. Brown   Composer
Moira Bogue   Cover Design
Glover   Composer
Waterman   Composer,Producer

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