CD The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid [Digipak] (CD 1003633),
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The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid [Digipak]

  • 1. Waking Up
    2. Anything But Love
    3. On Lavender Hill
    4. At the House of the Clerkenwell Kid
    5. Amour et la Mort, L'
    6. Bruises
    7. Turn on the Sun Again
    8. Close Your Eyes When You Read This
    9. Daisies
    10. Something Beautiful
    11. Dj Vu
    12. Birds and the Bees, The
    13. Little White Birds
    14. I Love the Rain
    15. Asteroids
    16. Am I in Love?
    17. Goodbye Stephen
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 361117

  • Credits
    EngineerClive Painter

    The Real Tuesday Weld: Stephen Coates.
    Personnel: Mara Carlyle (vocals); Clive Painter (mandolin, keyboards); Jacques VanRhijn (clarinet, background vocals); Pierre Duplan (background vocals).
    Photographer: Paul Heartfield.
    On his second album for Six Degrees, the Real Tuesday Weld (aka Stephen Coates) takes up his alter ego of the Clerkenwell Kid in full form. The fare is primarily in the realm of ballads, but thoroughly built upon sampling, looping, and keyboard arrangements. The end result is in many cases like a more contemporary Serge Gainsbourg, with beats and grooves mixed in here and there. It's a relatively airy affair, if somewhat somber at times. It's a fitting mood for what would seem to be an album motivated in large part by lost love and reminiscence. The entirety of the album is slick and well engineered, with nary a beat out of place. Not quite at the over-produced level of ultra-lounge, but somewhere between retro-lounge and ultra-lounge at least. Very nice ambient music for the background of a long drive. ~ Adam Greenberg

  • Critic Reviews
    Magnet (p.108) - "17 tracks of gorgeous cabaret-tronica....Like Stephen Merritt, Coates knows that to love is to die a little, but with CLERKENWELL KID, he thumbs his nose at the reaper."
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