Since I Saw You Last

Since I Saw You Last

by Gary Barlow

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Overview

Perhaps the title Since I Saw You Last is a winking allusion to the long time between Gary Barlow's solo records: disregarding the 2012 EP Sing, he's been silent since 1999's Twelve Months, Eleven Days, choosing to shelve his solo career when Take That reunited in 2005. At the close of the millennium, Barlow was pursuing the traditional path of a balladeer, taking his cues from George Michael in particular and latter-day Elton John in general. A decade-plus later, he's happy to consider new pop trends only in passing -- "Let Me Go" has a touch of the big folk of the Lumineers and Imagine Dragons; there's just a hint of Coldplay on "God" -- and while away his time making stately, classicist British pop. Here, the Beatles -- specifically Paul, but with a bit of John -- and early Elton provide the template and, filtered through Barlow's exacting craft and resolutely middlebrow taste, he winds up with a handsome album that sounds a bit like a good early Leo Sayer LP. This isn't meant as a dismissal: Barlow has a knack for mildly ambitious piano ballads that gain strength from their hazily arty design as well as his studied melodicism. This, almost more than John's 2013 The Diving Board, captures what was good about post-McCartney pop singer/songwriters in the mid-'70s, when the best songsmiths never let their ambitions get in the way of a good tune.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/03/2013
Label: Polydor Uk
UPC: 0602537576449
catalogNumber: 3757644
Rank: 59879

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Barlow   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Elton John   Vocals
Steve Power   Ukulele
Dave Bronze   Bass,Bass Guitar
Dave Catlin-Birch   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Caroline Dale   Cello
Pete Davis   Keyboards
Sam Dixon   Bass,Bass Guitar
Andy Duncan   Percussion
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Dave Arch   Piano
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
John Parricelli   Guitar
John Shanks   Background Vocals,12-string Guitar
Fergus Gerrand   Percussion
Ami Richardson   Background Vocals
Ryan Carline   Keyboards
Ben Mark   Guitar
Gary Nuttall   Guitar
Rohan Onraet   Percussion
Tim VanDerKuil   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Lap Steel Guitar
Karl Brazil   Drums
Neil Taylor   Guitar
Lady Madonna   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Massimo Restaino   Accordion

Technical Credits

Steve Power   Producer
Pete Davis   Programming
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
Robbie Williams   Composer
Gary Barlow   Composer
John Shanks   Composer
Richard Lancaster   Engineer
Ryan Carline   Programming,Engineer,Pro-Tools
Rohan Onraet   Programming,Engineer,Pro-Tools
Sam O'Kell   Engineer
Tim Rice-Oxley   Composer
Perry Montague-Mason   String Section Leader
Wil Malone   String Arrangements
Joe Kearns   Engineer

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