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The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook
1. This Is Where You Ain't
3. Parallel World
5. One Dark Moment
6. G.S.O.H. Essential
7. Up the Creek
8. Other World
9. Interviewing Randy Newman
10. You See Me
11. I Won't See You
12. We Went Thataway
13. One Dark Moment - (acoustic version, bonus track)
14. This Is Where You Ain't - ("Now That's What I Call Now, Mate" version, bonus track)
15. Sunday Breakfast Treat - (bonus track)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 60050
Glenn Tilbrook; Andy Metcalfe
Personnel: Glenn Tilbrook (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Andy Metcalfe (piano, keyboards, bass, programming); Stephen Large (clavinet, organ); Chris Holland (organ); Hilaire Penda (bass); Jim Kimberley, Simon Hanson (drums); Ben Jones, Nick Harper, Chris Braide (background vocals).
Recorded at 45RPM, London, England.
Personnel: Glenn Tilbrook (vocals, guitar, horns, organ, keyboards, programming); Chris Braide (vocals); Andy Metcalfe (strings, accordion, horns, piano, organ, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, loops); Julian Dawson (harmonica); Chris Holland (organ); Jim Kimberley (drums); Ben Jones, Nick Harper (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Glenn Tilbrook; Andy Metcalfe.
Recording information: 45RPM, Blackheath, London, England (2001).
By the late '90s, Squeeze releases (Domino, in particular) had begun to feel workmanlike, but with two songwriters as brilliant and clever as Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, it seemed surprising. Following the tour behind Domino, Difford chose to stop touring, but Tilbrook wanted to continue on as he had before. This difference of opinion led Tilbrook to release his first album without Difford in nearly 25 years. The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook, titled by Tilbrook to reflect the improbability of going solo this late in his career, is a sparkling gem of a pop record. At once relaxed and meticulously crafted, it encapsulates all that has made Squeeze so great. Collaborating with artists such as Aimee Mann and Ron Sexsmith in the songwriting process, Tilbrook didn't completely go at it alone, but he did manage to craft an album as instantly accessible as anything Squeeze recorded. A bit of an R&B influence is tied in ("One Dark Moment"), as are Brian Wilson-like harmonies ("Morning"), but quintessential Squeeze songs are still sprinkled throughout. Synthesizers are more prevalent here than on the recent power poppy Squeeze discs, especially on songs like "Interviewing Randy Newman" and "Sunday Breakfast Treat," which sound like throwbacks to early Squeeze classics like "Goodbye Girl" and "Take Me, I'm Yours." And even though Chris Difford was responsible for writing most of the trademark quirky lyrics on Squeeze albums, Tilbrook manages to turn a good phrase himself. "Interviewing Randy Newman" is an especially good example; it's an autobiographical tale of an ill-fated interview Tilbrook conducted with the legendary Newman that Tilbrook himself says is "A true story. I wish it wasn't a true story, but it is." Being both clever and earnest were always two of the lyrical trademarks of Squeeze records. While fans may mourn the end (although it's more of a hiatus, according to Tilbrook) of the Difford/Tilbrook partnership, this release confirms that the magic is far from gone. ~ Jason Damas
Q (7/01, p.124) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Seemingly upbeat guitar-pop, laced with a healthy dose of South London wit and cynicism...full of impressive singer-songwriterly moments..."
Magnet (9-10/01, pp.117-8) - "...A crafty, well-intentioned bit of white-boy groove..."
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