Songs for the Gentle Man

Songs for the Gentle Man

by Bridget St. John


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Songs for the Gentle Man

On her second album, Bridget St. John expanded her arrangements from the acoustic guitar of her previous effort considerably, with the aid of producer Ron Geesin. While these took the risks of sometimes bathing the songs in too much fruitiness, in general the added cellos, flutes, bassoons, violins, horns, and backup voices did much to add welcome spice to a sound that had gotten a little numbingly similar over the course of her debut. The songs, too, were a little more playful and melodically interesting, though they retained the reserved, even-tempered pastoralism of her prior work. She still sounds like a challenge to raise either a smile or a frown out of most of the time, like a hermit determined to stay out of the city at all costs. It's pleasant if not penetrating rainy-day folk/Baroque, breaking out of that mood with "Seagull-Sunday" (which certainly sounds influenced by Joni Mitchell) and Donovan's "The Pebble and the Man" (with some almost comically eccentric, operatic male backup vocals). She never sounded more like Nico than she did on the too-short 42-second closer, "It Seems Very Strange," with its doom-struck harmonium. [This and her first album, Ask Me No Questions, were combined onto one CD by See for Miles in 1994, and it was also re-issued by itself on Cherry Red in 2005.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2006
Label: Cherry Red Uk
UPC: 5013929128323
catalogNumber: 283
Rank: 268564

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bridget St. John   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals
Alan Stivell   Horn
Ron Geesin   Guitar,Keyboards
Kate Jacobs   Violin
Richard Sanders   Guitar
Charles Tunnell   Cello
Edward Beckett   Flute
Elizabeth Edwards   Violin
Tony Parsons   Trombone
Colin Busby   Trombone
John Pritchard   Trombone
Peter Hall   Tenor (Vocal)
Derek Simpson   Cello
Derek James   Trombone
Rick Sanders   Guitar
Angela East   Cello
John Thompson   Viola
Robert Bourdon   Alto Flute
Brian Etheridge   Bass (Vocal)
Geoffrey Mitchell   Counter Tenor (Vocal)
William Bennett   Flute,Alto Flute

Technical Credits

Ron Geesin   Arranger,Producer
Bridget St. John   Arranger
Jerry Boys   Engineer
John Henry   Arranger
Nigel Cross   Liner Notes
Baba Kerr   Cover Photo
Littleman   Contributor

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