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Songs from the Deep Forest
     

Songs from the Deep Forest

by Duke Special
 

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When Badly Drawn Boy debuted in the late '90s, listeners were forced to reconcile his craftsmanlike songs and heavenly voice with someone who looked like he lived at the bus station. Duke Special is a similar case. He's an eye-shadowed, dreadlocked singer/songwriter with a taste for vaudeville (its

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When Badly Drawn Boy debuted in the late '90s, listeners were forced to reconcile his craftsmanlike songs and heavenly voice with someone who looked like he lived at the bus station. Duke Special is a similar case. He's an eye-shadowed, dreadlocked singer/songwriter with a taste for vaudeville (its performers and its fashion) who could, nevertheless, be safely taken under the wing of any James Blunt fan. (Admittedly, hanging posters on the bedroom wall would be another story.) What's more important to know about Duke Special is that he's a Belfast boy, and there's something specifically Irish about how he wears his sincerity with no hint of irony or shame, and how his pop-orchestral arrangements, occasionally bombastic, work surprisingly well because of that sincerity (especially considering his wealth of up-again/down-again relationship songs). He's also a fine songwriter, channeling Van Morrison and Tom Waits, but also balancing sentiments that anyone can relate to with over-specific facts that bring his songs back into heavy personalization. The melodies are perhaps not tight enough for true commercial crossover, and conversely too broad for underground appeal, but Duke Special's unique persona goes a long way toward papering over those small concerns.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
Label:
Ume Imports
UPC:
5033197437422
catalogNumber:
9743742

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Performance Credits

Duke Special   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Tack Piano,Moog Bass
Tim Harries   Bass
Brian Irving   Hand Clapping
Paul Wilkinson   Electric Bass,Archguitar
Phil Nelson   Bassoon
Ben Castle   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Phil Wilkinson   Drums
Michael Keeney   Hand Clapping
Kevin Murphy   Cello
Foy Vance   Background Vocals
Ben Hales   Background Vocals
Harry Napier   Strings
Rèa Curran   Trumpet,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Wilkinson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Andy Green   Producer
Duke Special   Composer
Ben Hales   Composer

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