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Things We Do
     

The Things We Do

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by Angela McCluskey
 

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The former lead singer of the Wild Colonials -- who also lent her vocals to "Breathe," the pop hit from Télépopmusik and a Mitsubishi commercial -- returns with an album that brings to mind Macy Gray and Catatonia's Cerys

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The former lead singer of the Wild Colonials -- who also lent her vocals to "Breathe," the pop hit from Télépopmusik and a Mitsubishi commercial -- returns with an album that brings to mind Macy Gray and Catatonia's Cerys Matthews. Beginning with a soulful and midtempo groove on "It's Been Done," the singer is quite at home delivering a highbrow pop tune with traces of reggae. "Somebody Got Lucky," which concerns a one-night stand, is a light and rather chipper offering that shows the strength of McCluskey's vocals. It's as if she's the perfect complement to Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch. The darker "Love Is Stronger Than Death" is a captivating and barren tune mindful of PJ Harvey's work with John Parish. But the song's intensity rises with each verse, reaching a crescendo that is quite striking. The first true radio-friendly pop nugget is the Southern-tinted "Know It All," with its Keith Richards-esque guitar touches -- subtle but all important. Another strong tune that has single material written all over it is the catchy and punchy "Perfect Girl Eleven." In other instances, it's her fine sultry aura that carries the old-school R&B oozing from "A Thousand Drunken Dreams." "Sleep On It" is possibly the album's sleeper pick, as it has McCluskey carrying it despite the needless string and orchestral textures. She continues to up the quality ante, though, as "Wrong Side" will induce goosebumps with her heartfelt, tender performance. The only downside to the record comes on the rather ordinary "Sucker." Fortunately, "Long Live I" more than atones for this with another stellar, polished downtrodden tune. If only the things we did were as spectacular as this body of work.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
Manhattan Records
UPC:
0724359171807
catalogNumber:
91718

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angela McCluskey   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jens Johansson   Conga,Drums,Box
Julia Kent   Strings
Bruce Martin   Mellotron,Wurlitzer
Nathan Larson   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Sampling,Mellotron,Vibes,chamberlain,E-bow,Lap Steel Guitar,Wurlitzer,Optigan,Arp Strings,Prophet 5,Roland Synthesizer,Guitar (Baritone),Crumar
James MacDonald   Accordion
Richard Fortus   Guitar
Kevin March   Percussion,Drums
Joan Wasser   Strings
Paul Cantelon   Piano,Violin
Bengt Lagerberg   Drums
Per Sunding   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals,farfisa organ,spanish guitar
Jason Moran   Piano
Clayton Doley   Piano,Hammond Organ
Maxim Moston   Strings
Dave Eggar   Strings

Technical Credits

Matt Johnson   Composer
Nathan Larson   Arranger,Echoplex,Producer,Engineer,Contributor,drum programming
Tom Schick   Engineer
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Per Sunding   Engineer
Geoff Sanoff   Engineer
Gordon H. Jee   Art Direction

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The Things We Do 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD cold, I just walked into Barnes and Nobles and started rooting around. I listened to the first song,The Things We Do, and bought it. Her voice is amazing, I have heard people compare her to Billie Holiday or Janice Joplin, but you really cannot compare her to anyone you have ever heard. I would have liked to hear some up tempo songs, just to hear the differnce in her voice, but it is beautiful just like it is. She is in a category all her own.