CD God Help the Girl [God Help the Girl] [744861086628] (CD 4660571),
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God Help the Girl [God Help the Girl] [744861086628]

  • 1. Act of the Apostle
    2. God Help the Girl
    3. Pretty Eve In the Tub
    4. Unified Theory, A
    5. Hiding Neath My Umbrella
    6. Funny Little Frog
    7. If You Could Speak
    8. Musician, Please Take Heed
    9. Perfection As a Hipster
    10. Come Monday Night
    11. Music Room Window, The
    12. I Just Want Your Jeans
    13. I'll Have To Dance With Cassie
    14. Down and Dusky Blonde, A
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Ole 866 2

  • Credits
    ProducerStuart Murdoch
    EngineerMatt Bartram; Steve Price; Brian McNeill

    Personnel: Perry Mason, Pigott Smith, Tom, Mark Berrow, Pete Hanson, Thomas Bowes, Patrick Kiernan, Boguslaw Kostecki, Rita Manning, Everton Nelson, Johnathan Rees, Jackie Shave, Emlyn Singleton (violin); Charlie Cross, Nick Barr, Rachel Bolt, Peter Lale, Bruce White (viola); Anthony Pleeth , Sara Wilson, Dave Daniels (cello); Nina Robertson (flute, piccolo); Helen Keen (flute); Martin Robertson, Nick Bucknall (clarinet); Jane Marshall (oboe, English horn); David Theodore (oboe); Julie Andrews (bassoon); Jamie Talbot, Philip Todd (alto saxophone); Chris White , Stan Sulzmann (tenor saxophone); Dave Bishop (baritone saxophone); Derek Watkins, Simon Gardner (trumpet, cornet); John Barclay, Stuart Brooks (trumpet); Nigel Black, Richard Watkins (French horn); Mark Nightingale, Richard Edwards, Neil Sidwell (tenor trombone); Adrian Hallowell, Dave Stewart (bass trombone); Owen Slade (tuba); Chris Laurence (bass instrument).
    Audio Mixer: Brian McNeill .
    Arranger: Mick Cooke.
    While touring with Belle & Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch began writing songs for a separate project. The songs revolved around the travails of a girl growing up in Scotland who ends up being hospitalized for what seems like a mental breakdown. He auditioned female vocalists and began putting the music on tape. The album sounds much like a B&S album, and as good as the female singers are, the record works best when Stuart takes the vocals himself, as on "Pretty Eve in the Tub" or "Hiding Neath My Umbrella."

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.84) - "GOD HELP THE GIRL feels like one of those projects Prince masterminded in the '80s....Brilliantly classic-sounding songs..."
    Q (Magazine) (p.128) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Catherine Ireton shines...her clipped enunciation adding an air of well-heeled sophistication to the lightly orchestrated songs."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "Murdoch lands on solid ground again with GOD HELP THE GIRL, which has catchy, jangling girl-group ditties a plenty [and] a theatrical flourish thanks to Belle and Sebastian trumpeter Mike Cooke's orchestral arrangements..."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's an expansive, eclectic set of classic pop, with nods to Dusty Springfield, Love, Phil Spector, Motown and The Zombies."
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