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Thanksgiving [Boo Hewerdine]


  • 1. Birds Are Leaving, The
    2. Swansong
    3. Hope Is a Name
    4. Lazy Heart
    5. Water Song
    6. Our Boy
    7. Bell, Book and Candle
    8. Thanksgiving
    9. Footsteps Fall
    10. Homesick Son
    11. Eve
    12. Long Winter, A
    13. Murder in the Dark
    14. Please Don't Ask Me to Dance
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4267

  • Credits
    ProducerClive Gregson; John Wood
    Engineer

    Personnel: Boo Hewerdine (vocals, acoustic guitar); Martha Wainwright (vocals); Clive Gregson (guitar, accordion, keyboards, bass); Neill Maccoll (guitar, mandolin, autoharp, acoustic bass); Michel Pepin (guitar); Joel Zifkin (violin); Teddy Borowiecki (accordion, piano, synthesizer); Tim Harris (bass); Martin Barker (drums); Electra Strings.
    Personnel: Boo Hewerdine (vocals, acoustic guitar); Martha Wainwright (vocals); Clive Gregson (guitar, accordion, keyboards); Neill MacColl (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, autoharp, mandolin, 6-string bass); Michel Pepin (acoustic guitar); Joel Zifkin (violin); Teddy Borowiecki (accordion, piano); Martin Barker (drums).
    Recording information: Livingstone Studios, London, England; Nashville, TN; Studio Frisson, Montreal, Canada.
    Photographer: Steve Pyke.
    Boo Hewerdine is the former leader of the Bible, a British pop band that enjoyed modest success in the late '80s. Since then he's been mainly pursuing a solo career (interrupted by his brief sojourn as a member of Fairground Attraction, on which he collaborated with the similarly inclined British folk-popsters Eddi Reader and Clive Gregson), writing great songs for himself and others and gaining more critical acclaim than commercial success. Thanksgiving finds him wallowing in a soft, billowy, acoustic sadness which is sometimes very pretty in a Beatlesque way ("The Birds Are Leaving") and sometimes moving ("Bell, Book and Candle"). On the other hand, it can also be almost excruciating tuneless (the hideous "Swansong") or eye-rollingly maudlin (the lines "For you this is Thanksgiving/For me, a working day." That the album title comes from this song is almost unforgivable.). The best moments are the most Beatlesque ones, like the chorus to "Eve." That fact is a problem in itself, but they really are good moments. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (7/99, p.118) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...opting for the emotional impact of simplicity and directness over the elaborate cleverness of old....The result is his best and most consistent effort so far..."
    Dirty Linen (8-9/99, p.59) - "...its acoustic approach makes you focus on Hewerdine's songwriting and smooth-as-silk voice..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (6/99, p.96) - "...you realise the tracks have become so tender, you're holding your breath.....a moving and most gently wrought epiphany."
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