2013年1月19日土曜日

[602] Because - Mad Scared Dumb & Gorgeous


Label: Haven Records
Catalog#: HAVENLP 1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: 1992
DISCOGS

A1 Orientation 5:06

A2 Her Rhythm And Her Blues 3:46
A3 A Glass Room 4:01 4:01
A4 Song Of All Things 5:48
A5 Archaeology 4:33
B1 Love Is Coming 5:16
B2 Stolen 4:21
B3 Feast Of Stephen 2:41
B4 You Don't Forget 3:46
B5 Mad Scared Dumb And Gorgeous 4:51

「ブルーナイルをバックに歌うデビッド・シルヴィアン」(メロディ・メーカー誌)と評された、ヴォーカリストJim Irvin(ジェームズ・アーヴィン)と鍵盤/ギター担当のChris Ingham(クリス・イングハム)によるプロジェクトBecause。1992年秋にリリースされた、クワイエットな夜の雰囲気が漂う「Mad Scared Dumb & Gorgeous」は、昨年ソロを発表したポール・ブキャナン率いるグラスゴーの至宝The Blue Nileや、その専属ドラマーのソロ・ユニットQuiet City、そしてPrefab SproutやMark Hollisなど蒼く鎮もるブルーアルバムの系譜となるサウンド。毎年秋から冬にかけて聴きたくなる作品です。The BibleやSwan DiveなどをリリースしたHaven Recordsのカタログ1番。


'Mad Scared Dumb and Gorgeous' is the sole album by BECAUSE, who are Jim Irvin (vocals) and Chris Ingham (keyboards, guitar).

This album, recorded during the autumn months of 1992 for Haven, was the first collaboration between Chris and Jim, whose friendship over many years had crystallised into a sublime songwriting partnership. Jim's previous career is better documented as the singer for the sorely missed band Furniture, who are best remembered for the hit single 'Brilliant Mind' as well as the critically acclaimed albums for Stiff and Arista. He also now operates as a music journalist. Chris, whose roots lie in the jazz clubs of East Anglia, has a career that has spanned both rhythm'n'blues and modern jazz bands over the years, and even once included a band with Eddi Reader purely for Rowan Atkinson's wedding reception. He also now freelances as a music journalist. This album, recorded at a home studio for a budget that would hardly cover some studios' coffee bills, is primarily a songwriting project. This is a collection of ten superbly crafted songs, whose singular melodic structures and lyrical resonances can leave you breathless. This album will have you including the names of Ingham and Irvin in your lists of classic songwriters of today. BECAUSE are songsmiths - craftsmen in a sadly neglected art.

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