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Essence [A Guy Called Gerald]


  • 1. Universe, The - (featuring Jennifer Neal)
    2. First Breath, The - (German)
    3. Humanity - (featuring Louise Rhodes)
    4. Multiples - (featuring Wendy Page)
    5. Fever (Or a Flame) - (featuring Wendy Page)
    6. Could You Understand - (featuring David Simpson)
    7. Alien Report
    8. Glow - (featuring Wendy Page)
    9. Beaches & Deserts - (featuring Wendy Page)
    10. Final Call
    11. I Make It You Take It - (featuring David Simpson)
    12. Universal Spirit - (featuring Wendy Page)
    13. Hurry to Go Easy - (featuring Lady Miss Kier)
    14. Scale Circle
    15. Landed - (featuring Wendy Page)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7088

  • Credits
    ProducerA Guy Called Gerald
    Engineer

    Additional personnel includes: Lady Kier, Jennifer Neal, Wendy Page, Louise Rhodes, David Simpson.
    Recording information: Stud!o K7 Records, USA Fifth Ave. NYC.
    Having relocated to New York from his native Manchester, England, a few years earlier, A Guy Called Gerald Simpson released ESSENCE in the year 2000. The album was departure in that it largely contained actual songs rather than club-based material, and Simpson enlisted the likes of Lady Kier from Dee-lite and Wendy Page. Throughout the record, the era's typical drum 'n' bass sound blends perfectly with languid, soulful vocals, which makes for a curious and moving juxtaposition.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (9/00, p.190) - 8 out of 10 - "...The sound may be 5 years old, but ESSENCE's insistence that jungle left something behind back in '95 is a major part of its appeal..."
    Q (10/00, p.119) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Eerily introverted one moment, warm and open the next, ESSENCE demands concentration but makes for an intriguing, rewarding experience."
    Uncut (10/00, p.76) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A sci-fi futurist panorama of soulful drum'n'bass and scrambled, Tricky-esque trip-hop..."
    Alternative Press (10/00, p.84) - 4 out of 5 - "...A bona-fide pop album - smokingly soulful...and armed to the teeth with hooks and refrains..."
    CMJ (8/14/00, p.3) - "...A long-overdue and superbly executed collection of songs..."
    Melody Maker (8/1/00, p.50) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Brilliantly edgy, dark stuff."
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