Suspense [Expanded]

Suspense [Expanded]

by Lizzy Mercier Descloux

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Overview

Suspense [Expanded]

After swinging from no wave experimentalism to internationalist grooves on her first four albums, Lizzy Mercier Descloux was asked to do something new on LP Number Five: deliver a sure-fire hit. Released in 1984, Zulu Rock produced a surprise hit single in Europe, "Mais où Sont Passées les Gazelles?," but EMI Records wanted bigger returns for her fifth album, especially after the critical and commercial disappointment of 1986's One for the Soul. Mercier Descloux was credited as co-producer on 1988's Suspense, but the real overseers of the project were Mark Cunningham (who Lizzy knew from her days on New York's no wave scene when he was a member of MARS) and John Brand (who had previously worked with Aztec Camera, the Waterboys, Magazine, and Gene Loves Jezebel), and they delivered Mercier Descloux's most polished work. Suspense is a work of slick Eurocentric pop that sounds very '80s, from the popping basslines and cracking drum sounds to the jangling guitars and trademark synth patches. The horns and Latin percussion glance to the flavors of Mercier Descloux's previous work, and Kim Burton's accordion work adds a welcome Parisian flair, but despite it all this is Lizzy's least musically interesting album. However, in spite of this, Mercier Descloux's vocal work is excellent on Suspense, and she rarely sounded as confident and emphatic as she does on this material, especially on the French-language numbers, where she seems to be truly in her element. It's a shame that Suspense proved to be the last album Lizzy Mercier Descloux would release in her lifetime -- for all its flaws, it shows that she continued to grow and mature as a vocalist even in less than inspired surroundings, and if it had been a hit, the success could have earned her the chance to do something more idiosyncratic.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2016
Label: Light In The Attic
UPC: 0826853014021
catalogNumber: 140
Rank: 214542

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lizzy Mercier Descloux   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sandy McLelland   Background Vocals
Kim Burton   Accordion
Bernie Clarke   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Mark Cunningham   Bass,Trumpet,Keyboards
Marilyn Davis   Background Vocals
Stuart Gordon   Violin,Cello,Viola
Durban Laverde   Bass
Julian Lindsay   Keyboards,fairlight
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet,Bugle
David Munday   Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards
Tim Sanders   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Geoffrey Scantlebury   Percussion
Bruce Smith   Drums
Volodia Boukortt   Background Vocals
Constanza Burg   Bass Clarinet
Greg Jiritano   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Lizzy Mercier Descloux   Producer
John Brand   Producer,Engineer
Mark Cunningham   Producer
Patrick McCarthy   Re-Release Producer
Michel Esteban   Producer
Henry H. Owings   Re-Release Design
Matt Sullivan   Executive Producer,Re-Release Producer
Josh Wright   Executive Producer
Lydia Hyslop   Proof Reading

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