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A Party Political Broadcast on Behalf of the Emotional Party

  • 1. Sex With Someone You Love
    2. Guy Like Me, A (And a Girl Like You)
    3. Loveless Age
    4. You Only Get What You Deserve
    5. Bloom
    6. Man Who Can Make a Woman Laugh, The
    7. Liverpool Girl
    8. Absolutely Wrong
    9. Little Princess
    10. Girls Are Birds
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 307

  • Credits
    ProducerIan McNabb
    EngineerDave Wood

    Personnel: Ian McNabb (vocals, acoustic guitar); Mike Scott (acoustic guitar, bass); Anthony Thistlethwaite (mandolin, tenor saxophone).
    Recorded at Monnow Valley Studios, Rockfield, South Wales, UK, between June 24 & 29, 1998.
    Personnel: Ian McNabb (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harp, piano, grand piano, Mellotron, keyboards, shaker, tambourine); Mike Scott (acoustic guitar, tambourine); Anthony Thistlethwaite (mandolin, electric mandolin, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Danny Thompson (double bass).
    Recording information: Monnow Valley Studios, Rockfield, South Wales (06/24/1998/06/29/1998).
    Photographer: Gerald Gardner.
    If Head Like a Rock was Ian McNabb's homage to Neil Young & Crazy Horse, here's his tribute to the sound of Young without the Horse. Not quite an "Unplugged" album (there are electric guitars on several tracks), at its best the drummerless A Party Political Broadcast on Behalf of the Emotional Party still has the laid-back, intimate charm of an all-acoustic Young recording like, say, Harvest Moon. Unfortunately, some of the material on Party Political would be better suited to a full-bore rock treatment -- witness the difference between the somewhat lethargic, under-arranged version of "Liverpool Girl" offered up here versus the stomping, anthemic take McNabb released a few years later on his self-titled release of 2001. However, on the majority of Party Political's tracks, the songs do match up with their stripped-down arrangements; this is especially true of the album's many ballads, as well as the spacy, slightly funky "Little Princess" and the funny and well-observed opening track, "Sex With Someone You Love" (and yes, that song title is a Woody Allen reference). While not quite at the level of the Icicle Works' debut album or his previous solo outing, Merseybeast, Party Political ends up being a solid, if uncharacteristically mellow, addition to McNabb's fine catalog of work. ~ Rudyard Kennedy

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