Personality (One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird)

Personality (One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird)

by The Sleepy Jackson



Unlike the Sleepy Jackson's dazzling but scattered debut album, Lovers, which offered so many different sounds and ideas that it threatened to cross the fine line between eclectic and schizophrenic, Luke Steele and company's second album, Personality, focuses the band's ambitions -- to an extent. On Personality, Steele replaces Lovers' wide-ranging musical flights of fancy with a sound that concentrates on his devotion to George Harrison's Technicolor, spiritual pop (which is kind of cool in itself; after decades of musicians inspired by the Beatles, relatively few have modeled themselves after Harrison's work), and fuses it with the soft rock and symphonic pop fetishes he's also displayed in his earlier work. The album's sound is nothing if not huge. Nearly every track on the album sounds like a cross between Harrison's "My Sweet Lord," the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," and some lost album of easy listening orchestral pop from the early '70s. Personality's ambitions to make big-sounding music about big issues (song titles like "Higher Than Hell" and "God Knows" hint at where Steele is coming from) are admirable, but too often, they're just too much. While some songs, such as "You Needed More," "Devil Was in My Yard," and "I Understand What You Want But I Just Don't Agree," are well written enough to avoid drowning in the album's lavish arrangements, the lush strings, horns, backing vocals, and sound effects that Personality is swathed in don't give its tracks room to breathe (or listeners a break to prepare for the next rush of sound). The album is impressive, especially in small doses or when Steele reigns it in a bit, as on the pretty, bossa nova-tinged "Miles Away." As a whole, it's a sometimes exhausting listen. After all, it's great to have lots of personality, but it's important not to overwhelm people with it, too.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/25/2006
Label: Astralwerks
UPC: 0094636583327
catalogNumber: 65833

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sleepy Jackson   Primary Artist
Jim Moginie   Guitar
Rob Woolf   Bass,Keyboards
Daniel Kelly   Violin
20   Track Performer
Anthony Kable   Trombone
Veronique Serret   Violin
Scott Horscroft   Synthesizer,Guitar
Malcolm Clark   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas
Luke Steele   Guitar,Vocals
Sophie Cole   Violin
Kim Moyes   Percussion,Vibes
Pierre Emery   Cello
Ben Gurton   French Horn
Gina Henery   Violin
Claire Gill   Cello
Julian Hamilton   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Juanita Tippins   Background Vocals
Felix Bloxsom   Percussion
Lauren Bridgen   Viola
Rudolf Crivici   Viola
Nikkie Dobasi   Cello
David Symes   Bass Guitar
Greg Ford   Viola

Technical Credits

Andrew Klippel   Composer
Scott Horscroft   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Luke Steele   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Artwork,Audio Production
James Bellesini   Artwork
Julian Hamilton   Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Lisa Origliasso   Composer
Luke Blonde   Artwork

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Personality (One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JolieMarie More than 1 year ago
Full of lush orchestration, Personality - One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird, is a truly beautiful album. There's not a bum track on the entire album. Mad props to Luke Steele for once again blessing our ears with great music. The Sleepy Jackson have done it again, bravo!