Cradle (Acacia album)

Cradle (Acacia album)
Cradle Album
Studio album by Acacia
Released January 10 1997[1] or October 13 1997
Recorded 1993-1996
Genre Electronica, alternative, pop
Length 66:16
Label Warner Music UK
Producer Guy Sigsworth

Cradle is the first and only album by the English pop group Acacia, which featured future record producer Guy Sigsworth (Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, others) and singer Alexander "Blackmoth" Nilere. It is notable for being the first full album released by Sigsworth as both full group member and producer (following his work as keyboard player with Bjork and Seal) and for being the first record to heavily feature future solo artist Imogen Heap (who performs on all but one track).

Contents

Details and history

The majority of the album was recorded by Sigsworth and Nilere (with Heap as backing singer and constant musical foil, although not a full band member). Two Acacia live musicians (Luca Ramelli and Eshan K) were also credited as part of the band. Two former Acacia live members (Maurizio Anzalone and Ansuman Biswas) actually performed on more of the album tracks than their successors did, but had left the band by the time of the album releases and were therefore credited only as guest musicians. Much of the album's guitar playing was in fact generated by Sigworth's sampler.

The album also features appearances from Colette Meury (Choc Electrique), Loretta Haywood (L.a.z.y.), Ragnhildur "Ragga" Gísladóttir (Tricky, Ragga & The Jack Magic Orchestra), Steve Mack (That Petrol Emotion) and Andrew Tumi (later known as "One" and as part of Supafly).

Cradle was released in 1997 but almost immediately withdrawn due to legal disputes between Warner Music UK and the band's former label Radar Records (although some copies of the album did arrive in the shops and were sold).[2] It remains a rare release and has not been reissued.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Alexander Nilere/Guy Sigsworth, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Wired"   3:52
2. "I'm In Love With Love" (words: Paul Robson, music: Chris Larkin/Chris Burke/Terry Ashley/Phil Dunne - additional words and music by Nilere/Sigsworth) 3:31
3. "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" (Stephen Patrick Morrissey/Boz Boorer, arr. Nilere/Sigsworth) 4:13
4. "Sway"   3:06
5. "Maddening Shroud" (contains a sample of "Ederlezi" from "Les Temps du Gitans" by Goran Bregovic) 3:42
6. "Unfulfilled Desire"   7:20
7. "Yellow is the Colour of My Cowardice"   3:39
8. "Sympathy"   3:29
9. "Hate"   3:46
10. "Boils Down to Money"   3:31
11. "Woe Woe Song"   4:31
12. "You Nothing" (contains a sample of "Febus Mundo Orlens" from "Music of the Gothic Era") 8:34
13. "Wire" (song is 3:31, track is 12:51 and contains hidden track) 3:31
14. "Maddening Shroud (1997 single mix)" (hidden track, appears during last 3:30 of previous track) 3:30

Cover versions

"I'm in Love with Love" is a cover version of a song by the British hard rock/funk band The Holiday Patrons (originally released as the B-side to their 1984 debut single "Hottest Time of the Year").[3]

"The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" is a cover version of a Morrissey song from the 1994 album Vauxhall and I (the original version was also a number 8 hit single in the UK Singles Chart during 1994)

"Maddening Shroud" was later covered by Frou Frou, the pop duo set up by Sigsworth and Imogen Heap (the song appears on the lone Frou Frou album Details).

Personnel

Acacia:

  • Alexander Nilere - voice
  • Guy Sigsworth - synthesizer; sampler; guitar facsimile (synthesized guitar) on all tracks except "Maddening Shroud", "Hate", "You Nothing" & "Wire"; piano on "You Nothing" & "Wire"
  • Luca Ramelli - guitar on "I'm in Love with Love" & "Maddening Shroud"
  • Eshan K (Eshan Khadaroo) - drums on "I'm in Love with Love"

and

Guest musicians:

  • Imogen Heap - backing vocals on all tracks except "Wire"
  • Colette Meury - backing vocals on "Wired" & "Yellow is the Colour of My Cowardice"
  • Ragga (Ragnhildur Gísladóttir) - backing vocals on "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get"
  • Loretta Heywood - backing vocals on "Maddening Shroud"
  • Andrew Tumi - backing vocals on "You Nothing"
  • Lisa Ferguson - violin on "Unfulfilled Desire"
  • Steve Mack - guitar on "Yellow is the Colour of My Cowardice"

References

  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Acacia-Cradle/release/2731419
  2. ^ Account of band history on Acacia's MySpace page, retrieved January 30, 2009
  3. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/rate1



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