by Guillemots


Guillemots (pronounced gilly-mots) 2006 debut Through the Windowpane carried with it a wispy tendril of melancholy that settled on even its most jubilant tracks, especially on the singles "Trains to Brazil" and "We're Here." That heady mix of gray English skies and worldbeat-infused indie pop didn't always work, but when it did the results could be goosebump inducing. The same cannot be said about the band's polarizing sophomore effort, Red, a slick, loud, over-produced volcano of late-'80s/early-'90s inspired dance pop (opener "Kriss Kross" veers dangerously close to C+C Music Factory territory) that continuously erupts a new idea every three or four seconds without ever establishing a solid base for the fireworks to illuminate. With this much going on, it's hard to know what was there to begin with, but peeling away the layers of songs like "Big Dog" and "Last Kiss" reveals that all of the window dressing may have been brought in to hide what were essentially mediocre songs, which is a shame, as there are moments where all that glitters is indeed gold. Bandleader Fyfe Dangerfield's vocals are impressive as ever, adapting to each left turn with chameleon-like swiftness, but the barrage of chord changes, keyboards, drum machines, horns, strings and samples obliterate any memorable motif or successful turn of phrase before they ever have a chance to connect, resulting in an aural assault comparable to listening to Kajagoogoo, New Order, Coldplay, and the Flaming Lips all at the same time. Red is at its best when it mines the new wave/Europop of Level 42 and Ultravox, especially on the infectious "Clarion," but those moments are few and far between. Still, Guillemots remains a fascinating band, and while its musical eclecticism remains as divisive as ever, there's no denying it has the potential to craft a modern classic, which makes Red all the more infuriating.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
Label: Universal Int'l
UPC: 0602517625235
catalogNumber: 1762523

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Performance Credits

Guillemots   Primary Artist
Derek Watkins   Wind,Brass
Mark Berrow   Strings
Snake Davis   Wind,Brass
Liz Edwards   Strings
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Johnathan Rees   Strings
George Robertson   Strings
Paul Spong   Wind,Brass
Rowland Sutherland   Wind,Brass
Cathy Thompson   Strings
Philip Todd   Wind,Brass
Peter Lale   Strings
Pete Long   Wind,Brass
Patrick Kiernan   Strings
Boguslaw Kostecki   Strings
Rob Playford   Guest Appearance
Bruce White   Strings
Ruadhri Cushnan   Tambourine,Hi Hat
Donald McVay   Strings
Dai Pritchard   Wind,Brass
Everton Nelson   Strings
Perry Mason   Strings
Senator Jimmy D   Synthesizer
Rachel Bolt   Strings
Emlyn Singleton   Strings
Warren Zielinski   Strings
Crispin Robinson   Percussion
Ben Castle   Wind,Brass
Harry Brown   Wind,Brass
Howard McGill   Wind,Brass
Adam Noble   Synthesizer Bass
Aldevis Tibaldi   Wind,Brass
Martin Williams   Wind,Brass
Chris Cundy   Wind,Brass
Mark Hanslip   Wind,Brass
Ida Maria   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jonas Raabe   Track Performer
Martin Radford   Cello
Fulvio Sigurta   Wind,Brass
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Strings
Tom Pigott-Smith   Strings
Christopher Tombling   Strings
David Woodcock   Strings
Peter Hanson   Strings
Steve Morris   Strings

Technical Credits

Nick Ingman   Session Director
Rob Playford   Programming
Ruadhri Cushnan   Programming,Engineer,Counselling,Special Participation,Contribution
Crispin Robinson   Special Participation
Ben Castle   Special Participation
Adam Noble   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Drum Fills,Special Participation,Contribution
Jeff Knowler   Programming,Engineer,Counselling
Guillemots   Composer
Fyfe Dangerfield   Composer,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Aristazabal Hawkes   Brass Arrangment
Jonas Raabe   Special Participation
Martin Radford   Special Participation

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