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Not Your Muse (Deluxe)

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Long-awaited, delayed, ahead of time, out of time, and ultimately opportune are all accurate ways of describing Celeste's first album. Her first commercial solo single on Lily Allen's Warner boutique label landed in 2016. After a move to Polydor, she gradually refined and refashioned her sound with singles and EPs that drew more comparisons to various jazz and soul giants and their retro-contemporary musical descendents. The first new single off Not Your Muse, the mannered and grand pop-soul belter "Stop This Flame," appeared at the top of 2020 and almost cracked the Top 40 in her native U.K. None of the other songs throughout the year stuck, but Celeste was still rising, identified by many media outlets as one to keep an eye on. At year's end, she was heard in the credits sequence of Pixar's Soul (a duet with Jon Batiste on a cover of the Impressions' "It's All Right"). Mere days after Not Your Muse finally arrived the following January, she was nominated beside stylistic peer Andra Day for a Golden Globe, recognized for one of her contributions to the soundtrack of The Trial of the Chicago 7. Along the line, Not Your Muse had several intended release dates and at some point was supposed to be an EP. Chaotic roll-out notwithstanding, the album is sure-footed and attests to the artist's high standing among the crowd mining pre-disco R&B, jazz, and pop. Celeste and her fellow songwriters and producers -- led by main collaborators Jamie Hartman and Josh Crocker -- have all the knowing, tasteful moves down pat and exhibit some tricks of their own. While some songs merely drift along with mechanical efficiency and fade into the background, and one in particular is mawkish to the hilt, a greater number of them allure with a slightly peculiar sense of delight and undertones of unease and looming distress. Celeste's voice stuns most when matched with quieter support. Most charming is "Beloved," which at first blush signals "exotica frivolity for a tiki bar jukebox," yet Celeste captivates with a swooning, sinuous vocal. There are some stellar lines, too. The brush-offs in "Idea Woman" and the title song are particularly cutting, and moments in unraveling and one-sided relationships are related to striking effect with "I touch your head to pull your thoughts into my hand" (from 2019 single "Strange") and "Sometimes you give and pay the price" (from the rolling "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," the best of the uptempo numbers).
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1
Ideal Woman
Celeste
00:03:43

John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Harris, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Hugall, Producer, Engineer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Crocker, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Piano, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Richie Kennedy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist - Ed Farrell, Assistant Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamien Nagadhana, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Strange (Edit)
Celeste
00:03:18

Jamie Hartman, Producer, Piano, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Wrabel, ComposerLyricist - Sebastian Plano, Strings, Strings Director, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Leva, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Tonight Tonight
Celeste
00:03:39

Jamie Hartman, ComposerLyricist - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Moose, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Hugall, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Douglas, ComposerLyricist - Kid Harpoon, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - jamie houghton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Crocker, Guitar, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Canning, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kaidi Akinnibi, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Richie Kennedy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist - Ed Farrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamien Nagadhana, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Elias Atkinson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Fox, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jermaine Amissah, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Stop This Flame
Celeste
00:03:29

Stuart Crichton, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Hartman, Producer, Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Recording Engineer, Strings, Synthesizer, Bass Programming, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - John Hill, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Davide Rossi, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, ComposerLyricist - Chris Galland, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rafa Padilla, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Cohen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blake Mares, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robin Florent, Assistant Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samson Jatto, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Desmarais, Assistant Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremie Inhaber, Assistant Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Tell Me Something I Don't Know
Celeste
00:03:56

Jamie Hartman, ComposerLyricist - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Hugall, Producer, Percussion, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - jamie houghton, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Canning, Piano, Mellotron, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Kaidi Akinnibi, Tenor Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Richie Kennedy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist - Mark Mollison, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Farrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamien Nagadhana, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elias Atkinson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Fox, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jermaine Amissah, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Not Your Muse
Celeste
00:04:27

John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Hugall, Producer, Double Bass, Percussion, Trombone, Tuba, Viola, Violin, Marimba, Horn Arranger, Mellotron, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Aldred, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sebastian Plano, Viola, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - jamie houghton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Canning, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Richie Kennedy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist - Mark Mollison, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Farrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamien Nagadhana, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jermaine Amissah, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Beloved
Celeste
00:03:57

Jamie Hartman, ComposerLyricist - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Crocker, Producer, String Arranger, Engineer, Guitar, Percussion, Vibraphone, Strings, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Love Is Back
Celeste
00:04:16

Jamie Hartman, ComposerLyricist - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Hugall, Producer, Engineer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Drum Programming, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Henry, Glockenspiel, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - jamie houghton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Crocker, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Harp, Co-Producer, Drum Programming, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Canning, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kaidi Akinnibi, Tenor Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Richie Kennedy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist - Mark Mollison, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jamien Nagadhana, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Elias Atkinson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Fox, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jermaine Amissah, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Etty Hartman, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
A Kiss
Celeste
00:03:58

Jamie Hartman, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Hugall, Producer, Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Sebastian Plano, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mattman & Robin, ComposerLyricist - Josh Crocker, Producer, String Arranger, Engineer, Percussion, Piano, Bass, Whistle, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Richie Kennedy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist - Mark Mollison, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Farrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
The Promise
Celeste
00:03:45

John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Hugall, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Horn, Sound Effects, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Crocker, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Canning, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Kaidi Akinnibi, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Richie Kennedy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist - Mark Mollison, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Farrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamien Nagadhana, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Parthenope Wald-Harding, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Holly Millman, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

11
A Little Love (From The John Lewis & Waitrose Christmas Advert 2020)
Celeste
00:02:58

Jamie Hartman, Producer, ComposerLyricist - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Crocker, Producer, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Percussion, Additional Producer, Vibraphone, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Some Goodbyes Come With Hellos
Celeste
00:03:25

Jamie Hartman, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Boddy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - SAM ROMANS, ComposerLyricist - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist - Gregory "Aldae" Hein, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

DISC 2

1
Father's Son
Celeste
00:03:17

LeXXX, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Havelock, Producer, Cello, Drums, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Lately
Celeste
00:04:04

John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Simon, String Arranger, Flugelhorn, Horn, French Horn, Trumpet, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Harris, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Henry, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Crocker, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, Organ, Piano, Recording Engineer, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Gotts Street Park, Composer, Instrumental Ensemble, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Montague, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abigail Hernandez, Viola, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julianne Gralle, Trombone, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Tylana Renga, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Gordon Nicolle, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Both Sides Of The Moon
Celeste
00:04:17

John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Simon, String Arranger, Flugelhorn, Horn, French Horn, Trumpet, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Harris, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Henry, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Crocker, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, Organ, Piano, Recording Engineer, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Gotts Street Park, Composer, Instrumental Ensemble, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Montague, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abigail Hernandez, Viola, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julianne Gralle, Trombone, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Tylana Renga, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Gordon Nicolle, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Strange
Celeste
00:04:15

Jamie Hartman, Producer, Piano, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Wrabel, ComposerLyricist - Sebastian Plano, Strings, Strings Director, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Leva, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Unseen
LAUREN AUDER
00:03:49

Celeste, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Heba Kadry, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Geoff Swan, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stracey, Producer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tobias Jesso Jr., ComposerLyricist - LAUREN AUDER, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eli Teplin, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Sylvain Cédric Gerboud, ComposerLyricist - Dviance, Producer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc./True Panther Records, LLC

6
In The Summer Of My Life
Celeste
00:04:07

John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terrace Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Bryan Dimaio, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
It's All Right (From "Soul"/Duet Version)
Jon Batiste
00:02:49

Curtis Mayfield, ComposerLyricist - David Boucher, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, FeaturedArtist - Louis Cato, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tom MacDougall, Producer, Executive Producer - Jon Batiste, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Walt Disney Records/Pixar

8
Hear My Voice
Celeste
00:03:02

Jonathan Noyce, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Tambourine, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leo Abrahams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Lodder, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Pemberton, Producer, String Arranger, Guitar, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Skeet, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Gruz, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Macedonia Symphonic Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
I'm Here
Celeste
00:03:25

John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Parker, Producer, Piano, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Celeste Epiphany Waite, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)
Celeste
00:02:25

Jamie Hartman, Producer, Piano, Bass, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Davide Rossi, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Celeste, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Grech, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Long-awaited, delayed, ahead of time, out of time, and ultimately opportune are all accurate ways of describing Celeste's first album. Her first commercial solo single on Lily Allen's Warner boutique label landed in 2016. After a move to Polydor, she gradually refined and refashioned her sound with singles and EPs that drew more comparisons to various jazz and soul giants and their retro-contemporary musical descendents. The first new single off Not Your Muse, the mannered and grand pop-soul belter "Stop This Flame," appeared at the top of 2020 and almost cracked the Top 40 in her native U.K. None of the other songs throughout the year stuck, but Celeste was still rising, identified by many media outlets as one to keep an eye on. At year's end, she was heard in the credits sequence of Pixar's Soul (a duet with Jon Batiste on a cover of the Impressions' "It's All Right"). Mere days after Not Your Muse finally arrived the following January, she was nominated beside stylistic peer Andra Day for a Golden Globe, recognized for one of her contributions to the soundtrack of The Trial of the Chicago 7. Along the line, Not Your Muse had several intended release dates and at some point was supposed to be an EP. Chaotic roll-out notwithstanding, the album is sure-footed and attests to the artist's high standing among the crowd mining pre-disco R&B, jazz, and pop. Celeste and her fellow songwriters and producers -- led by main collaborators Jamie Hartman and Josh Crocker -- have all the knowing, tasteful moves down pat and exhibit some tricks of their own. While some songs merely drift along with mechanical efficiency and fade into the background, and one in particular is mawkish to the hilt, a greater number of them allure with a slightly peculiar sense of delight and undertones of unease and looming distress. Celeste's voice stuns most when matched with quieter support. Most charming is "Beloved," which at first blush signals "exotica frivolity for a tiki bar jukebox," yet Celeste captivates with a swooning, sinuous vocal. There are some stellar lines, too. The brush-offs in "Idea Woman" and the title song are particularly cutting, and moments in unraveling and one-sided relationships are related to striking effect with "I touch your head to pull your thoughts into my hand" (from 2019 single "Strange") and "Sometimes you give and pay the price" (from the rolling "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," the best of the uptempo numbers).
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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