Wonderlustre [Tour Edition]

Wonderlustre [Tour Edition]

by Skunk Anansie

CD(Dutch Import)

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Wonderlustre [Tour Edition]

It's best to cut to the chase here: no, Skunk Anansie haven't botched up their reunion album. Wonderlustre is not quite the slab of bare feminine emotion that the band's classic records were -- it's fun to try to imagine if this record alone would have sufficed to make them the stars they were in the '90s, but probably not. Yet the songs would fit a set list that features "Hedonism" and "Weak," and the record itself is a worthy addition to their catalog -- they sure didn't return because they feel lost and forgotten, or have bills to pay; they did it because they have something to say. The music packs plenty of catchy semi-metallic riffs, while Skin's voice still reverberates with tension while going from quiet vocalizations to commanding shouts -- though now she often sounds composed, not hysterical, in her anger. Most songs share the post-grunge and alterna-rock ethos, and would fit quite well on the radio, but most bands polluting the same airwaves would be left red-faced by Skin's fierceness and power -- and the group is still catchy as hell at that. They are similar to Therapy? in that regard -- the one other band that plays simply, but avoids conformism, delivering a unique, handmade take on a hackneyed style. Wonderlustre sounds streamlined -- in the past, Skunk Anansie were keen to shift from angsty grandeur to heart-wrenching intimacy, but here, they never go overboard emotionally, and most songs only differ in hooks, not vibe or dynamics. But this only makes the record more cohesive and mature, which is precisely what they should be like on an album made after a decade-plus hiatus. [The Tour Edition features a second disc of "five semi-acoustic tracks, personal favourites spanning our career, recorded over three snowed-in days in East London."]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2011
Label: Absolute Uk
UPC: 8717931322027
catalogNumber: 3132202
Rank: 137066

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Skunk Anansie   Primary Artist
Cass Lewis   Bass
Brio Taliaferro   Keyboards
Toby Baker   Hammond Organ
Mark Richardson   Percussion,Drums
James McMillan   Piano
Damien Nolan   Guitar

Technical Credits

Chris Sheldon   Engineer
Jeremy Wheatley   Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Skunk Anansie   Composer,Producer
Oliver Kraus   String Arrangements
Brio Taliaferro   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Additional Production
Len Arran   Composer
Neil Comber   Programming,Engineer
Wayne Riches   Composer
Elliot King   Composer
Martin Kent   Composer
Deborah Dyer   Composer

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