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Great Expectations [Tasmin Archer] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Sleeping Satellite
    2. Arienne
    3. Lords of the New Church
    4. When It Comes Down to It
    5. Steeltown
    6. Higher You Climb, The
    7. In Your Care
    8. Somebody's Daughter
    9. Hero
    10. Ripped Inside
    11. Halfway to Heaven
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 780134

  • Credits

    Personnel: Tasmin Archer (vocals); John Hughes (guitar, keyboards); Peter Kaye (guitar, Fairlight); Elliot Randall, Robbie McIntosh, Phil Palmer, Steve Blades, Anthony Wimshurst (guitar); Paul Wickens (accordion, keyboards); John Beck (keyboards); Gary Maughan (Fairlight); Danny Thompson (bass); Charlie Morgan (drums); Preston Heyman (percussion); Tessa Niles, Carol Kenyon (background vocals).
    Producers: Paul Wickens, John Hughs, Steve Fitzmaurice.
    Brit vocalist Tasmin Archer maps out some interesting terrain somewhere between Seal and Tracy Chapman on her debut Great Expectations -- a layered, well-produced mix of acoustic and synthetic instrumentation overlaid with committed, soulful vocals. Lead track "Sleeping Satellite" was a hit in several parts of Europe, and it's a hypnotic, fashionably retro-psych-soul beauty. That track is backstopped by several more solid contenders, including a sombre-yet-vibrant "In Your Care," an emotionally honest "Ripped Inside," and the uncharacteristically forceful "Somebody's Daughter." While perhaps not living up to the album title, there are enough good ones (and one great one) here to make Great Expectations well worth investigating. ~ Roch Parisien

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (6/24/93, p.83) - 3 Stars - Good - "...The set is a slow burn--Archer's sad, bold voice provoking, never preaching...ultrapop Brit soul with a folk consciousness..."
    Entertainment Weekly (4/9/93, p.55) - "...on this power-folk debut Archer clamps down on politics both sexual and political....good package, good delivery, sent by a worthy messenger..." - Rating: B+
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