Spirit Tales

Spirit Tales

by Stephen Simmonds



Sweden has had its share of successful musical exports with sugary-sweet pop acts like ABBA, Ace of Base, and Roxette. Vocalist Stephen Simmonds, however, embraces a slick R&B sound that indicates he has been listening to a lot of Babyface and Stevie Wonder recordings. Simmonds, who previously provided guest vocals on fellow Swede Christian Falk's album Quel Bordel, has crafted a smooth-as-silk debut release that should please fans of retro-soul superstars like D'Angelo and Maxwell. Featuring collaborations with producers Soulshock (Mary J. Blige, Chico DeBarge) and Raphal Saadiq (the Roots, Tony Toni Tone), the ballad-heavy Spirit Tales may be lacking in originality, but the sultry grooves in songs such as "I Can't Do That" and "I Hope U Do" prove Simmonds is capable of creating modern make-out music at its finest. Spirit Tales is a promising debut album from the sexy and talented Simmonds, and he proves music from Sweden doesn't always sound like "Dancing Queen."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2000
Label: Priority Records
UPC: 0049925005424
catalogNumber: 50054

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Simmonds   Primary Artist,Bass,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Rainstick,fender rhodes
Mija Folkesson   Background Vocals
Joakim Milder   Tenor Saxophone
Johan Ekelund   Keyboards
Henrik Janson   Guitar
Per Lindvall   Percussion,Drums
Raphael Saadiq   Guitar
Esbjörn Svensson   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Piano (Grand)
Per "Texas" Johansson   Saxophone
Magnus Öström   Percussion,Drums
René Martínez   Percussion,Conga
Pal Svenre   Piano
Lisa Nilsson   Track Performer
Goran Kajfeš   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Johan Ekelund   Producer
Femi Fern   drum programming
Raphael Saadiq   Producer,drum programming
Magnus Frykberg   drum programming
Maggie Magarian   Art Direction
Art Shoji   Art Direction
Stephen Simmonds   Producer,drum programming

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Spirit Tales 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just met Stephen in NYC recently and he performed several songs from his new album. The album and the performance were great! He is an extremely nice person. Please buy this album. Well worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm looking at this website, wondering what does clean mean? I wonder what version I have! I absolutely loved that first track, and the man is a cutie and I'm always searching for an alternative to bumpin and grindin R&B (Maxwell is the MAN), so unlike most of my CD investments (because I am not a single buyer) I took the plunge and bought Spirit Tales without the second song approval. Boy was I kicking myself that first week. I didn't like anything on it, because the last two albums I bought in this genre were instant magic! This one needed time. I now can listen to it all the way through, and I love the accent. And the lyrics are okay (that's what I'm talkin' about), which makes me curious because you can't say things better than in your home language so his Europe stuff must be good. I guess you just have to get lost in the smaller pleasures of the album (such as the sitar part of track 3 and the pleading to be patient with him on track 8) to really like it. And first time I truly admit that I do.